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Streaming sport in Ireland: Follow the action on the go with these services
The live streaming of professional sport continues to expand in Ireland and around the world. These are your options in the Emerald Isle.
Streaming sport in Ireland
While traditional broadcast media still leads the way when it comes to professional sport in Ireland, streaming services are making inroads into the market. RTÉ Player and NOW TV are two options, while DAZN will be launching in Ireland later this year. Parts of Europe have been slower than regions like North America and Asia when it comes to embracing sports streaming, but that is changing. This is how to stream sport on your preferred device.
Sports streaming platforms in Ireland
As most sports-loving Irish are aware, the country’s national public broadcaster RTÉ holds the rights to events such as the All-Ireland football and hurling finals.
Other broadcasters including Sky Sports, Eir Sport, TG4, BT Sport and Virgin Media Sport also have some sports rights. What about streaming options in Ireland?
What you need to stream sport in Ireland
Most of the usual options are available for streaming sport in Ireland. You can use Windows, Mac or Linux browsers on your computer. Samsung and LG Smart TVs, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast, Apple and Android devices can also be options depending on the service.
How much data does streaming live sport use in Ireland?
Again it depends on your provider and bandwidth. For example, NOW TV’s broadband speed required is at least 2.5Mbps and uses approximately 1GB/hr. For YouTube, 2Mbps is the recommended broadband speed required, using approximately 0.25GB/hr.
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Stream sport on RTÉ Player
First launched in 2009, on-demand service RTÉ Player has a large amount of original and historic Irish content, plus programmes from around the world. The streaming service also carries some of the sport RTÉ has the rights to, with UEFA Champions League, League of Ireland Premier Division and the All-Ireland football final among them. RTÉ Player is compatible with any modern browser (Windows, Mac or Linux) on your computer.
You can also download the app for Apple and Android devices or watch on Chromecast and AirPlay. It is not compatible with gaming consoles. The app is free to download and it costs €8.99 per month for the full content, ad-free version.
Stream sport on NOW TV
Another option for streaming live sport in Ireland is through NOW TV. An on-demand service for Sky content in Ireland, you can also view BT Sport, Netflix, Virgin Media Player and many more apps. It has two sports passes for you to choose between. The Sky Sports Pass gives you access to all 11 Sky Sports channels, including dedicated football (Bundesliga), Formula 1, racing and golf channels. You can get day, week or month passes for €10, €15 or €19.50/per month respectively. There is also a Sky Sports Mobile Pass, which gives you five channels for €7/month.
The other option is the Sports Extra Pass. Offering 6 channels, such as BT Sport, BT Sport ESPN and Premier Sports 1 and 2, it is €10/day, €15/week or €17/month. NOW TV is available on selected Samsung and LG Smart TVs, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast, Apple and Android devices and Mac or PC.
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