Film Technicalities

What are the system requirements?

You can watch on PCs running Windows 7+, and Intel-based Macs running OSX 10.12+. You can also watch on Android tablets and phones using Chrome and on
iPhones and iPads using Safari. You will need a broadband or fibre internet connection - dial up will not work. You’ll find a complete list of requirements below.

What are the requirements for Windows computers?

Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer or Opera. We recommend using the latest version of your browser as earlier versions may not be supported.
Internet Explorer on Windows 7 is no longer supported.
You will need a broadband or fibre internet connection - dial up will not work.

What are the requirements for Mac computers?

Mac OSX 10.12 or later.
Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Opera. We recommend using the latest version of your browser as earlier versions may not be supported.
You will need a broadband or fibre internet connection - dial up will not work.

Can I watch content on my iPhone/iPad?

Yes, you can watch content using Safari and this requires iOS 11.2 or later. We recommend using the latest version of your browser as earlier versions may not be supported.

Can I watch content on my Android Device?

Yes, you can watch content using Chrome and this requires Android 6.0 or later. We recommend using the latest version of your browser as earlier versions may not be supported.

Devices and browsers which IFI@Home currently supports:

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I can’t stream any of the content, what’s going on?

Check your minimum system requirements above. We recommend that you update to the latest version of your browser.
We use adaptive bitrate streaming which means the streaming quality will automatically adjust based on your internet speed.
For High Definition (HD) streaming we recommend VDSL, cable or fibre connections as we cannot guarantee consistent HD streaming on ADSL.

What happens if I forget my password?

Simply click Forgot your password on the Sign In page, enter the email address you used when you created an account and a link to reset your password will be sent to you.

Why does video playback stall or not play smoothly?

If your internet connection is poor or inconsistent you may experience problems during playback. Try lowering the playback bitrate.

Can I Chromecast content?

You can Chromecast from a Chrome web browser on PC and Mac computers as well as Android devices. You unfortunately cannot Chromecast from iPhone or iPad but you can airplay from iOS to an AppleTV.

Where can I watch IFI@Home?

IFI@Home is geoblocked and available in the Republic of Ireland only. IFI@Home is the sister site of the IFI Player, where audiences around the world can enjoy free access to film materials preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.
If you are outside Ireland and unable to access IFI@Home content, join us at www.ifiplayer.ie to dive into this treasure trove of Irish film heritage.

How much time do I have to watch my film?

There is a 3 day window in which your rented film will be available to watch. Once you click play, you will have 48 hours to finish watching. You can watch the film multiple times within this period.

How are films classified?

In the case of no age classification by IFCO, IFI offers an age recommendation which is intended as a guide.

Can I watch on multiple devices?

For security, you can only watch a film using your account on one device at one time.

Does IFI@Home offer CC (closed captioning) for films?

Closed captions will be available wherever possible for films. Please click on the ‘CC’ button in the playback window or get in touch with us before purchasing to confirm availability.