Champions League


BT retains Champions League rights

BT has retained the rights to the Champions League in the UK. The deal is worth a total of £1.2 billion for the three year period – £400 million per season – and is a slight increase on the previous £394 million per season contract.  Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, said: “We’re delighted […]

Sky to challenge BT for Champions League

Comcast-owned Sky is planning to challenge BT’s ownership of the UK broadcast rights to the Champions League.  According to Bloomberg, the broadcaster is looking to re-acquire the rights that BT has solely held since 2015. The report claims that BT did not expect to be challenged in bidding for the rights from 2021-24. BT shocked […]

Telefónica to take on rival ISPs in sport-for-bars market

Telefónica has acquired rights to take top-tier Spanish and international football to hotels, restaurants and bars for the forthcoming season The telco secured the rights after striking a sub-licensing deal with Mediapro, which retained so-called Horeca rights when it sold its own rights to top-tier Spanish football to Telefónica. The move means that subscribing premises […]

New Spanish OTT TV service Mitele Plus to offer La Liga football

Mediaset España’s OTT TV service Mitele Plus, which launches today, will include Spanish and international top-tier football. The subscription offering provides access to content already available via the broadaster’s free online servie Mitele but without advertising, with plans to introduce new exclusive content progressively. Mitele Plus is available for €2.50 a month or €25 for […]

Mediaset set to purchase Champions League rights, following rejected Rai appeal

Mediaset is set to taking back broadcast rights for the Champions League, per approval from UEFA. According to Italian paper La Repubblica, the presentation of the competition’s broadcast schedules on July 2 will see Mediaset air 16 games, including the European Super Cup between Chelsea and Liverpool on August 14. This follows the rejection of […]

BFMTV basks in ratings success despite Champions League controversy

Altice France-owned news channel BFMTV has been basking in rating success following its broadcast of the weekend’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, despite a bubbling controversy over whether it should have aired the match. The channel was the third most-watched channel in France as a result of airing the market, […]

Altice chooses its own channel for FTA Champions League final

Altice France has chosen to air the final of this year’s Champions League football competition on its own news channel BFMTV rather than sub-license the rights to another free-to-view broadcaster, according to local reports. According to Le Parisien, BFMTV will show the match live from Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Under French law, the final […]

Volia enters premium sports business with Champions League deal

Ukrainian cable operator Volia and Media Group Ukraine have jointly secured rights to Champions League and Europa League football in the country for the next three seasons. The deal is a first for Volia in the premium sports rights market. The company described it as a milestone in the market for premium content in Ukraine. […]

German regulator investigates Sky-DAZN Champions League deal

German competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has launched an investigation into Sky Deutschland‘s Champions League broadcasting deal with streaming service DAZN. The regulator is examining whether the co-operation between the two companies restricts competition, as there is currently no free TV coverage of Champions League live matches in Germany and several matches of German clubs are […]

Facebook secures Champions League rights in Latin America

Facebook has secured exclusive free-to-air rights for certain UEFA Champions League live matches across Spanish-speaking territories in Latin America from 2018-2021. The football deal grants Facebook the rights to broadcast 32 live matches each season, for three seasons, including the final and UEFA Super Cup. The partnership kicks off on Wednesday with the UEFA Super […]

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