RTL Hungary wins UEFA Champions League rights for first time

Broadcaster RTL Hungary has signed a deal with the European Football Association (UEFA) to acquire the broadcasting rights to UEFA Champions League for the next three seasons, starting from the 2024/25 season. 

The deal marks the first time in its history the Hungarian broadcaster will host the UEFA Champions League.

RTL Hungary will be the first to have a choice of UEFA Champions League matches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It will also includes the knockout stage and, accordingly, the BL final will be exclusively broadcast by RTL from the 2024/25 season onwards,

The UEFA broadcasting rights include the 2024/25-2025/26-2026/27 seasons.

RTL Hungary has also acquired the digital rights to the so-called B-package of the Champions League. RTL will air 36 matches per season for the A package and 167 for the B package.

From the 2024/25 season onwards, the stage known as the group stage will be abolished and will be known as the league stage, where a qualifying team will play a minimum of eight matches in the autumn rounds instead of the current six. Under the new arrangement, matches will be played in the spring season starting in January. All of these changes will mean many more exciting pairings and, overall, many more matches for fans to follow on RTL’s platforms, linear channels and streaming platform RTL+.

RTL Hungary has also retained the linear and digital rights to UEFA Europa League B-package, so Thursday matches in the Europa League and Conference League B-package will continue to be shown on RTL platforms, for a total of 323 matches per season.

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