The second blog about our RTÉ Player International service from the RTÉ team
Nigel Wheatley, RTÉ Player International Team
By now our international users are really starting to get to grips with the brand new RTÉ Player International app. It’s available to users on iOS platforms outside of Ireland and offers over 500 hours of great Irish drama, comedy, entertainment, lifestyle and kids TV.
All of our episodes have been viewed and assigned one of three parental rating classifications.
- GA (General Audience) – a programme that would be acceptable to all ages and tastes.
- PS (Parental supervision) – a programme aimed at a mature audience, i.e. it might deal with adult themes, be moderately violent, frightening or contain an occasional swear word. The classification label invites parents or guardians to consider restricting children’s access.
- MA (Suggested for mature audience) – a typical “post-watershed” programme which might contain scenes of sexual activity or violence, or the dialogue might be profane.
We really think that the RTÉ Player International app could be a fantastic resource for parents abroad who want to help their children learn a little about Ireland. If you’re concerned about whether children or teens are able to view MA content then we suggest activating the Parental PIN. This might sound complex but it couldn’t be easier.
Enabling Parental PIN is as simple as 1-2-3
- Tap the You icon at the bottom of the screen
- Swipe right to Settings and select Parental PIN
- Accept RTÉ’s Terms & Conditions
- Insert a 4-digit PIN and tap Enable PIN
- Enter the PIN again and tap Confirm
To Disable the PIN
- Navigate back to Parental PIN (see above)
- Enter PIN
- Tap Disable PIN
With the PIN activated you can rest easy in the knowledge that any content that we deem to unsuitable for younger, impressionable eyes will be restricted – leaving them to enjoy a world of great Kids programming like The Why Guy, Storytime, The Beo Show and Test The Teachers.
And just as a reminder, we feel we’ve done our bit but a Parental Control system like can never be foolproof and it has to be the parent’s responsibility to ensure that their children are watching content that is appropriate for their age.
Let us know how you get via the in-app contact form, or email PlayerInternational.Feedback@rte.ie.