How to watch RTE from outside Ireland?

Are you a big fan of RTE, the national television channel of Ireland? If you are, you might have noticed that once you leave Ireland you are not allowed to watch the channel online anymore, because their shows and streams are blocked with a so-called geo-block.

RTE PlayerA geo-block is a tool that checks your current location based on your IP address, and if it realizes that you are located outside of Ireland, meaning that you are surfing with something else than an Irish IP address, you will not be allowed to watch the channel anymore. So, what is the solution to this problem? An Irish IP address.

How to get an Irish IP address?

To watch RTE from outside Ireland you need to get hold of an Irish IP address and that can be arranged quite easily with a VPN service. A VPN is a connection that connects your computer to a server in Ireland, and once connected, all your movements on the Internet will seem to originate from that machine in Ireland, and not from your computer or tablet or mobile phone wherever you are in the world.

What you will need to do to be able to watch RTE from outside Ireland and those programs locked by a geo-block is, therefore, to subscribe to a VPN provider with servers in Ireland, connect to one of their servers, restart your browser and enjoy surfing the Internet with an Irish IP address.

RTE from outside Ireland

Best VPN providers for an Irish IP address

We have tested several VPN services to check which of them gave the best speeds and results as we connected to their servers in Ireland. Based on our tests we can warmly recommend the following three services which gave the best speeds.

  1. PureVPN
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. HideMyAss

PureVPN gave us the best speeds as we connected to their server in Ireland, so in general, we can warmly recommend their services. EarthVPN and HideMyAss gave somewhat the same results, so which of those services you go for is mostly the same.

What to do now?

Head over to PureVPN, subscribe to their VPN service, download their software, connect to their server in Ireland and watch RTE from outside Ireland in not long from now.


As you give the RTE Player a try and decide to stream RTE content abroad, you will at once be able to stream lots of great content. You can for example stream Fair City, a very popular TV series. Beneath you can see a screenshot made by us as we watch Fair City outside Ireland on RTE.

RTE Player from abroad
Watching Fair City on RTE from abroad

On RTE you can also watch the weather forecast, different news programs, sports events and lots of other goodies. We hope these instructions will help you stream RTE from abroad. If you should have any problems or questions, use the comment field beneath.



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5 thoughts on “How to watch RTE from outside Ireland?

    • Yes, we originally wrote it years ago, but just a few days ago we tested the instructions and they still work if you want to access and stream RTEPlayer in Ireland from elsewhere in the world. Hope you will enjoy it!

  1. I have just tried this and watched RTE with PureVPN. This is, in other words, a perfect solution if you want to stream the FIFA World Cup matches on RTE outside Ireland! Will of course miss Ireland during the tournament, but it is still worth watching!

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