Best TV streaming services in Ireland

TV streaming lets you watch your favourite TV shows and movies on-demand. Here’s all you need to know about the best streaming services in Ireland.

What is TV streaming?

TV streaming services allow you to watch TV shows, movies and live TV online from a device with an internet connection.

Most are subscription services, which you’ll need to pay either monthly or annually.

Who offers TV streaming services?

There are five main video streaming services in Ireland.

Here’s a look at the shows and movies you can view and the price you’ll pay for each service.

Amazon Prime Video

Watch recent movie releases, Amazon Originals, TV shows and live sport on Prime Video.

What’s on Prime Video?

You can view exclusive Amazon Originals and thousands of popular movies and TV shows via Primevideo.com on up to three devices at the same time.

Here’s a taster:

To find out more about Amazon Prime Video, read our guide Should you get Amazon Prime Video in Ireland?

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You can try Amazon Prime Video with a 7-day free trial* and if you like what you see, pay €5.99 per month to continue watching.

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You can either pay monthly for Amazon Prime Video only or join Amazon Prime and access it as one of the many benefits of Amazon Prime membership. The complete Prime Video catalogue on Amazon.co.uk is only available to Prime members living in the UK.

Disney+

Enjoy family favourites from Disney, Pixar and Marvel or get stuck into cinematic epics like Star Wars.

Disney+ is the most recent addition to the streaming services family, rivalling Netflix and Prime Video for high-quality video content.

What’s on Disney+?

Disney+ has announced a huge expansion of its video content to include over 50 new Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and Pixar series and movies over the next few years.

You can meanwhile enjoy from the comfort of your living room:

To find out more about Disney Plus, read our guide Should you get Disney+ in Ireland?.

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There’s no Disney+ free trial running at the moment but you can sign up to Disney+ for €8.99 per month or save 16% and pay €89.90 for the year.

Netflix

Netflix is the most popular streaming service showing unlimited films, award-winning TV shows and boxsets.

What’s on Netflix?

There’s a huge amount of content on Netflix, including award-winning TV, films, documentaries and Netflix Originals. Just sign in to Netflix to watch instantly on the web at netflix.com or on any internet-connected device with the Netflix app.

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Netflix offers three plans which you can cancel or change whenever you like.

Here’s how Netflix plans compare:

Plan No. of Screens Resolution Video quality Price  
Basic 1 480p Good €7.99  
Standard 2 1080p Better €12.99  
Premium 4 4K+HDR Best €17.99  

Free trials for Netflix are not currently available but you can sign up to a plan and choose a Basic, Standard or Premium package. Prices start from €7.99 a month.

NOW

Stream world class entertainment and watch the latest blockbusters from Sky.

Now, formally NOW TV, is the ‘no strings’ streaming service from Sky. You can still watch the same great TV shows, movies and live sport you’d expect from a Sky TV package, but without the monthly contract.

There are TV and Sports memberships you can buy, depending on the type of content you want to watch.

If you’d like to know more about how to watch Now and the content available, visit A guide to NOW - the ‘no strings’ streaming service.

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Get your free 7 day trial on the Entertainment or Cinema memberships.

Hayu

The home of reality TV.

Hayu gets lots of U.S. reality shows on the same day as the states. You can subscribe and watch on-demand or download episodes or whole seasons.

What’s on Hayu?

You can get a 7 day free trial of hayu, and after that it’ll cost €5.99 per month. Cancel anytime.

How to get started

What you need and how to watch all your favourite movies and TV shows.

Getting started with streaming services on TV is really straightforward.

Just sign up to a TV streaming service of your choice and then download the dedicated app onto your preferred device. Your chosen subscription service will guide you through any start-up process.

What you need to stream TV & movies

To stream movies, TV & live sports straight to your device you’ll need:

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How to watch

If your TV isn’t WiFi-enabled, a streaming device can be a great solution. These devices simply plug into your TV, but you may have to pay for extra content.

You can use an Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku media player, NOW box or the new Nvidia Shield TV to connect to your streaming service.

Free streaming TV alternatives

If you don’t want to pay a subscription but you still like to watch content in this way, there are some free players out there, such as:

Best broadband for streaming

You don’t necessarily need fibre broadband for streaming TV, but a fast, reliable connection to reduce buffering or connection issues is advisable.

If you are thinking about changing your broadband, our free comparison tool can help you choose the best broadband in your area.

For further information about switching your broadband visit our broadband guides.

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Streaming TV FAQs

Can I download films and TV shows from streaming services?

Yes, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Disney+ and hayu all allow you to download TV shows or films onto your device to watch away from home or on the go.

In most cases, you’ll need a WiFi connection to download successfully because downloads on 3G or 4G are not possible.

Is it illegal to stream TV?

No, streaming TV such as Netflix, NOW TV, Amazon Prime Video and hayu, as well as online players like the RTÉ Player and Virgin Media Player is all completely legal.

However, it’s illegal to stream content for free that you’d normally have to pay for, for example, sports channels or events, TV programmes that are exclusive to certain channels - like Game of Thrones, or movies that have just been released in the cinema.

What broadband speeds do you need to stream?

It’s a good idea to check that your broadband speed and data allowance are high enough before you sign up for a streaming service.

You can check how fast your current broadband is on our speed checker.

You’ll need:

  • A minimum broadband speed of 3Mbps to stream without buffering issues.
  • At least 2GB to stream a two-hour movie. The data allowance required will depend on whether you watch in standard definition, HD or ultra-HD.

Which streaming services offer live TV?

  • Amazon Prime Video offer some live sports and also live TV via its subscription Channels
  • Hayu streams content from the US and broadcasts it the same day in UK and Ireland
  • Now TV broadcasts live sports events and matches as part of the Sports Pass and streams movies live with the Sky Cinema Pass
  • Netflix and Disney+ do not stream any live TV at the moment