If there’s one thing I love about national broadcasters, it’s that normally they have little or no advertising on their sites. The joy of watching a one hour detective drama without four or five ad breaks is something that many of us miss when we travel abroad. It’s one reason why these companies are worth bookmarking when you come across them, particularly when so many shows are networked across all these different companies.
I first started using RTE player a few years ago after watching some news stories about the Dublin property boom. I wanted to try and dissuade a good friend for spending a huge amount of money on a tiny little house on the outskirts of Dublin. That’s a different story, however I noticed that RTE had lots of my favorite shows which I watched from my then location of Raleigh in North Carolina.
Unfortunately as is normal with most online media companies and broadcasters, the vast majority of their content is only accessible from their home country. In the US it means that we can access some of the biggest sites of course like Hulu, HBO and ABC etc but we do get blocked from some great sites like the BBC and RTE.
The restriction is based on your IP address, the network ID that is assigned to you when you connect to the internet. They are all grouped by physical location and your location can therefore be determined from this address. There are two versions of RTE Player – a domestic one and an international one, you can only access the domestic one from Ireland and the international version has very little stuff available on it. If you try and get to the domestic site of RTE player from outside Ireland you’ll get this message.
Basically saying you can’t access RTE Player unless you’re based somewhere in Ireland. All that’s happening is that when you visit the site it checks your IP address and where it’s located. Fortunately it’s fairly simple to fool this procedure and gain access to the full RTE site by simply hiding your real IP address and using one based in Ireland.
This can be done by routing through an intermediary server which is based in Ireland. You used to be able to use what’s called a proxy server but these are now detected and blocked, so you’ll need something a little bit more secure like a VPN service such as this Irish one here called Identity Cloaker – watch this video.
So using this service, when you visit the RTE player website – the only IP address visible is that of the Identity Cloaker one which as long as you select one of those based in Ireland (think they’re all in Dublin) will allow you access to the complete RTE player website and all the shows to download or stream.
Try it out, it’s very easy to use and you can also use it on smart TVs, phones, tablets and other devices too. It means you can access any site wherever you are, I also use it to watch Game of Thrones on HBO when I’m travelling with my work.