The new RTÉ Player App offers audiences even more choice as to how and when they view RTÉ content
Thursday 7th June 2012 London and Dublin– Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and RTÉ Digital www.rte.ie/blogs/digital/ today announced that Samsung will be the first TV brand to offer the RTÉ Player App, Ireland’s leading catch up TV service*, on the big screen as part of its Smart TV offering.
The agreement between Samsung and RTÉ Digital will allow Samsung Smart TV users to access a selection of RTÉ’s flagship programmes, via the RTÉ Player App which is available on Samsung Smart TVs, from June. Viewers will be able to access favourites such as Fair City, Home and Away, Saturday Night with Miriam, Father Ted, and The Inbetweeners, as well as RTÉ’s GAA coverage, whenever they want, directly on the biggest screen in the home. Available free of charge, the RTÉ Player App will give audiences even more choice as to how and when they view RTÉ content.
Commenting on the launch, Brendan Carr, Product Marketing Manager, Samsung Ireland said, “Samsung is the No.1 TV brand in Ireland, and RTÉ Player is the most popular catch up TV service, so this is a natural partnership. The launch of RTÉ Player is the latest addition to our ever growing library of great TV Apps, and further demonstrates our leadership in the Smart TV category. Catch up TV services are one of the leading drivers of Smart TV usage, so RTÉ Player will be a real added value benefit for Samsung Smart TV owners.’’
”RTÉ’s strategy is to be available wherever and whenever our audience wants.” said Aisling McCabe, Director of Strategic Platforms & Partnerships, RTÉ Digital. ”We’re excited to partner with Samsung on our entry into the Smart TV market. Audience engagement, interaction and satisfaction is our primary focus. Our catch up service puts the viewer firmly in control, allowing them to view RTÉ content whenever they want. Marrying quality content with best-in-class products such as the Samsung Smart TV and the RTÉ Player App will provide an enhanced user experience that will allow the audience greater choice than ever before.”
RTÉ Player will join an ever-growing collection of services available on Samsung Smart TVs such as, YouTube, Netflix, Muzu.tv, Facebook and Twitter giving viewers a huge choice of content and entertainment through their television. ‘Samsung Apps’ is the first and biggest App store available for TVs, with over 20 million Apps already downloaded worldwide, proof that consumers are rapidly embracing the Smart TV format. RTÉ Player is also now available online, on mobile, on PS3, and most recently on UPC via their on-demand service.
The RTÉ Player App will work with all Samsung 2012 Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players, as well as Samsung 2011 Smart TVs and Blu-ray Players. Samsung’s unrivalled picture quality and premium design provides viewers with a truly cinematic experience for the living room. The newly launched, ES8000 feature Samsung’s 5mm (0.2-inch) ultra-slim bezel and also sports a slim 38mm (1.5-inch) profile which provides more viewing room without increasing the size of the TV.