Want to watch RTE player in New Zealand but can't due to geo restrictions? Today we'll show you how to bypass and unlock the platform so you can stream right to your TV via Roku, Chromecast or other devices such as Android and iOS.
RTE Player is Ireland's equivalent to the iPlayer and provides a ton of movies, TV shows and live news for the people of Ireland. If you're an expat living overseas, or simply want to watch some exclusive Irish shows from New Zealand, now you can.
We'll show you how you can legally watch RTE player from NZ, within minutes.
How To Watch RTE Player In New Zealand?
RTE is a free to air platform based in Ireland. It's actually very similar to the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player.
RTE player offers a web based platform for catching up on TV shows such as Masterchef Ireland, Fair City, Prime Time, The Late Late Show among others. You can also watch Irish exclusives such as Cul an Ti, Laochra Gael, Tabu, Jump Girls and Trasna an Line.
Technically you can't create an RTE player account, from New Zealand, as it's been blocked due to licensing and geo-restrictions.
However, with the help of a virtual private network (VPN) you can virtually change your geographical location to appear like a local, instantly.
You can then watch all RTE and other Irish content from New Zealand. Once you're finished you disconnect, or change to another country such as USA so you can watch other geo-blocked content.
How To Watch RTE Player With a VPN?
You can unlock the RTE website using any VPN, but they must offer an Irish based server for best results. After months of research, the best VPN in our opinion is PureVPN.
You can signup for $10.95 (1 Month) or $2.91/mo on a longer subscription.
Step 1: Purchase Your Subscription
You need to visit the official PureVPN website and purchase a package. You can checkout using credit/debit cards, Paypal, Bitcoin or Alipay.
Step 2: Download VPN Client
There's software apps for nearly every device out there, including web browsers, android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, routers, Playstation, Xbox and Fire TV.
Download the software and login with your username and password.
Step 3: Connect to Ireland Server
Turn on the VPN by clicking the start button. Now change the country to 'Ireland' and within 15-30 seconds your VPN will connect.
Your internet usage is now being routed via a server in Republic of Ireland. You can now access many geo-blocked websites previously unavailable in New Zealand.
Step 4: Access RTE Player
Visit RTE and you'll now be able to signup for a free account. You'll now be able to live stream the content or watch on demand, or download for future viewing.
You'll also be able to watch any other free to air Irish content and worldwide channels and content that you previously couldn't.
When asked for a Irish address you can enter anything in the box. Google a place in the Republic of Ireland and enter this. Also choose a post code.
You can disconnect from the VPN software once you're finished. Then reconnect whenever you want for as long as your subscription is valid.
Other Ways To Use a VPN?
Once you've watched the race, what else would you need your VPN for?
Most people use one to protect their identity online. When in use your Internet Service Provider can no longer track your usage. This is beneficial for torrenting or accessing secure sites such as your bank.
A VPN keeps hackers and thieves out, as your data is encrypted. This is especially helpful when using public WiFi networks that are unsecure and can be compromised, leaking your details to criminals.
The most common things to do is to unlock geo-blocked content such as watching Netflix USA instead of NZ, watching free TV in Australia, watching live sports events that aren't available locally and so much more.
A VPN might be the greatest invention ever and unlocks the world that would otherwise be locked down due to an outdated business model of buying and selling usage rights, rather than a free market.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.