The new version plans to blend live and on demand content and will include new personalisation features and functionality. There will be boxed sets, curated on demand libraries and content created especially for the RTÉ Player.
Aoife Byrne, Director of Content & Products for RTÉ’s digital division, said: “In order to meet the changing needs of our audiences, we are transforming RTÉ Player from being a pure catch-up TV service, to being a world-class live and on-demand online TV and video platform. Irish audiences will continue to be able to catch up on their favourite show, but with the next-generation RTÉ Player we will soon be offering so much more: on-demand libraries with hundreds of great titles from across the genres; great box-sets to binge on, and brand new short-form content, exclusive to RTÉ Player. Audiences will also be able to enjoy RTÉ’s television channels live, on any screen.”
The redeveloped RTÉ Player will be available across web, iOS, Android, connected TVs and OTT services, including Saorview (DTT), Chromecast, Android TV and Apple TV.
RTÉ’s lead partner for the delivery of the Dutch-based TV app development company Fincons Group. The company has previously worked with Sky and Mediaset as a consultant and integration partner for video solutions and OTT platform rollouts.