Irish movie lovers are in luck.
The Irish Film Classification Board (IFCB) has announced it is introducing an online service to make it easier for people to watch Irish cinema online.
Online service Irish movie fans can now stream films for free from Netflix Ireland, and enjoy over-the-top streaming of other Irish films.
Online streaming is currently available for €2.99 per month.
The service will start in October and the first Irish films will be available in October.
If you’re looking for the best Irish movies on Netflix Ireland or Netflix Ireland Unlimited, then here’s what you need to know about the new service.
What is it?
Irish movie lovers can now enjoy over the top streaming of Irish cinema.
Netflix Ireland will be the first Ireland-based service to offer over-top viewing of Irish films online.
This means you can watch over- the-top movies with subtitles overcoming on Netflix’s Irish service, while watching the films in their original quality.
Online watching is currently limited to Netflix Ireland customers, but Netflix Ireland is also offering a similar service to its US, UK and Canadian subscribers.
How does it work?
The Irish Film Code of Practice defines streaming as “the transfer of live or partially live video to an Internet browser, tablet or mobile device”.
Netflix Ireland offers a number of different streaming services.
If you are on the Netflix Ireland platform, you can view over-subtitles, with the subtitles muted or switched off, or with the video on screen in its original format.
You can also access films online through a variety of streaming platforms.
You can browse and view over 100 Irish movies from the Netflix Irish catalogue, including classic films, documentaries, childrens movies and more.
The service also lets you stream movies in a variety and quality of formats, including HD, 4K, Ultra HD, and SD.
The Irish code of practice says over-streaming is “not allowed unless the content is being streamed for commercial purposes”.
Netflix said it is a “broadening” of the service to include over-and-above viewing of other movies.
What else does the Irish code say?
It’s important to note that Irish movies are available for free online, as the code of conduct also prohibits the use of the services to promote illegal content.
The code also states that streaming services should be “as free as possible”.
Online viewing is currently only available on Netflix Irish.
You’ll be able to stream over- and-above-the screen movies, but not other types of content.
The code also makes it clear that Irish films are not available for purchase in Ireland.
Netflix said the service would be available “as soon as we can” but that Irish film fans should be aware of this.
Irish movie buffs should note that Netflix Ireland can only be used in Ireland, which is a separate jurisdiction than the United States.
It is not available in the UK and the US.
Netflix has been criticised in the past for being too restrictive in how it deals with content.