How to watch RTE in the UK

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If you tried to watch RTE in the UK like I did then you'll know just like me that you're blocked from viewing.

So I went looking for a way to watch RTE in the UK and surprisingly it's really easy.

RTE have an online streaming service called RTE Player that lets you watch both live and catch-up TV.

In this article, I'm going to show you how you can watch RTE in the UK.

How to watch RTE in the UK

If you've visited RTE Player in the UK or anywhere outside Ireland then you'll be blocked from watching and instead of seeing the shows you want to watch you'll see a big fat block message like or similar to this:

RTE Player Blocked

RTE Player Blocked

The reason you're blocked is because you're outside Ireland, but it's extremely easy to avoid this block.

To do this you're going to need a VPN service.

A VPN allows you to alter your online location so when you visit RTE Player it thinks you're in Ireland even though you're in the UK or anywhere else in the world.

Where can I get a VPN

VPN services cost around £4 – £7 depending on how long you sign up for.

There are thousands of companies offering their service, all you need to do is a quick search of Google.

Unfortunately there are some bad VPN services that are just too slow for streaming video which will leave you with buffering and poor playback.

I've tested a selection of the most well known VPN providers and found that NordVPN works best to watch RTE in the UK.

NordVPN is one of the only providers that allow access to the original Irish RTE Player. Other VPN services only give access the international RTE Player which has less content.

All you need to do is click on the NordVPN name above to visit their website

Once there, sign up and then keep reading below where I'll show you how you can use the VPN to watch RTE in the UK or elsewhere around the world.

How to use the VPN

Once you've signed up to NordVPN above you'll need to download their software.

Software for Windows and Mac is available on the NordVPN website or you can also download apps for Android or iOS mobiles or tablets from your app store.

Once downloaded and installed you should login if required. Afterwards, select an Ireland server and hit Connect.

Once the software or app has connected all you need to do is visit the RTE Player website.

That's all there is to it.

Below I've put together a more detailed Step-By-Step guide using NordVPN on a Windows computer but the process is much the same with the other VPN providers and also on other systems.

  1. Visit the NordVPN website.
  2. Press Get NordVPN and sign-up.
  3. Visit the VPN Apps area of their website and download the Windows software.
  4. Install and Run it.
  5. Sign-in when required.
  6. Select Ireland from the countries list.
  7. Press Connect.

NordVPN Ireland

The NordVPN software will now make connection which should only take about 15 seconds.

Once connected all that is left to do is visit the RTE Player website where you'll be able to watch all of your favourite shows and live TV from within the UK or anywhere in the world.

Why am I blocked in the first place

The reason you're blocked from watching RTE in the UK is because of your IP Address.

Every internet connection is assigned an IP Address. It's similar to a phone number and it's unique to you and your local connection at the time you're connected.

Unfortunately your IP Address also gives away your location and it's how RTE blocked you from viewing their RTE Player.

Luckily though a VPN allows you to get a new IP Address from another country. In the case of RTE Player, an IP Address from Ireland that allows you to pretend you're located there.

Enjoy watching RTE in the UK!

Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

Comments

  1. Avatar Nollaig

    Are these the same steps to watch the RTEplayer from a Samsung smart TV except chooising the installation for Android rather than WIndows?

    • Hi Nollaig,

      In theory it would be the same steps but this would be dependent on 1) Your Smart TV supports installing Android apps and 2) It supports the use of VPN, we haven’t tested it with this type of device. It might be worth giving it a try and if it doesn’t work you can then use the 30-day money back guarantee to get a refund.

  2. Avatar Bill Gray

    I’ve connected to Nordvpn to access Rte in the uk but still not able, could you advise how to rectify this please.

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