RTE to show Armagh v Roscommon game online for Northern Ireland viewers
RTE is set to show this Sunday's GAA Championship game between Armagh and Roscommon online for viewers in Northern Ireland.
The announcement comes after fan's missed out on an episode of The Sunday Game last month due to Sky blocking coverage in Northern Ireland.
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Sky later apologised for the issue and said it will not happen again.
Sinn Fein spokesperson for Culture, Arts & Sport Sinéad Ennis has welcomed the move.
“I welcome the news that viewers in the north can watch Sunday’s Championship game on RTE Online, this is an extremely encouraging step forward in ending the inequalities faced by Gaels in the north," the South Down MLA said.
“Sinn Fein have been campaigning for an end to the digital partition of Ireland for many years and recently have intensified our campaign due to the Lack of Championship coverage and the geo-blocking of the Sunday Game.
“Last week, I launched the #FairPlayForUlsterGaels poll which was endorsed by 95% of those who voted. This is only the first step in this campaign and already we are seeing positive results for northern Gaels.
“I will continue to push for equal rights for all Northern Gaels in terms of live coverage and the removal of digital partition.”
An RTE spokesperson said that all coverage of the GAA on RTE Player is available across the island of Ireland.
"The Sunday Game is, like all GAA coverage on RTE Player, available in the 32 counties on the island of Ireland as per our rights agreement with the GAA," the spokesperson said.
"Many users in Northern Ireland with particular ISPs are assigned an IP Address which puts their connection location in mainland UK which means they can't see GAA, or any of the other content licensed for streaming in the island of Ireland. In that instance we encourage users to get in touch with us and we can help them (https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/help/contact/).
"We will ask them to contact their ISPs to request a fix. If a user needs to confirm if this issue impacts them, they can check their IP address (https://www.google.ie/search?q=what+is+my+ip) and then use an 'IP Location Finder' site that allows you to view where your connection is located."
Belfast Telegraph Digital