Champions League


Virgin Media to offer BT Sport’s Champions League final in 4K UHD

BT Sport is to air this year’s UEFA Champions League football tournament final in 4K Ultra HD for the first time as part of a trial of 4K UHD TV on Virgin Media’s platform. BT Sport’s coverage of the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Kyiv, Ukraine this Saturday will be the first time […]

Irdeto: nearly 5m illegal Champions League streamers detected

Digital security specialist Irdeto claims that illegal streams of this year’s Champions League knockout stages reached some 4.89 million online viewers. Based on its data, Irdeto said that it detected a total of 5,100 unique illegal streams, 2,093 of which were found on social media channels including Periscope, Facebook and Twitch. Irdeto said that while […]

Virgin Media and TV3 secure Champions League and Europa League rights

Liberty Media-owned Virgin Media and its Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 have secured rights in Ireland to UEFA Champions League and Europa League football for the next three seasons. The deal will give Virgin Media and TV3 exclusive rights to 327 European matches per season in Ireland across both competitions, along with shared rights along with […]

Swisscom secures Champions League, teams with SRG for UHD World Cup

Swisscom’s pay TV arm Teleclub has secured the rights to Champions League and Europa League football in Switzerland and will air public broadcaster SRG’s coverage of the World Cup in 4K UHD TV. Champions League and Europa League games will be shown on Teleclub from August 21 and every match from both competitions will be […]

Orient Hontai closes in on Mediapro, CNMC drops football case

Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital is close to finalising the purchase of a majority stake in Spanish broadcaster and production outfit Mediapro, according to local press. Orient expects to finalise the acquisition of stakes held by Torreal, Televisa and Gerad Romy to take a 53.5% stake in Mediapro, which holds the rights to La […]

Canal+ secures raft of football rights for Africa

Pay TV operator Canal+ has secured the African rights to key international and French football competitions for the next few seasons in a move that bolsters its pay TV offering in the French-speaking parts of the continent. Canal+ said it had now struck deals to acquire the African rights to the UEFA Champions League for […]

Cosmote TV secures Champions League football

OTE-owned Greek pay TV service Cosmote TV has secured exclusive rights to Champions League and Europa League football until 2021. All Champions League and Europa League matches will air exclusively on Cosmote Sports channels. The pay TV operator has secured rights to 137 Champions League matches and 205 Europa League matches as well as the […]

Ampere: Champions League the ‘most valued sports competition’

The UEFA Champions League is the sports competition that viewers are most willing to pay for, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm surveyed 28,000 onsumers in 14 countries and found that 8.8% said they would be willing to pay to regularly watch the football tournament, compared to 7% for the FIFA World Cup. “UEFA […]

No FTA matches as Mediapro secures Champions League rights

Spanish free and pay TV broadcaster Mediapro has secured exclusive rights to the Champions League and Europa League football competitions for the next three seasons, and has confirmed that no matches from the Champions League tournament will be available in the country free-to-air from next season. Mediapro will make all matches available on the BeIN […]

Sky Italia secures Champions League rights as Mediaset mulls options

Sky Italia has secured the exclusive rights to European Champions League and Europa League football for the 2018-21 seasons, depriving pay TV competitor Mediaset of a key asset in premium football. Sky said it would air over 340 matches from the two competitions. The company plans to air key matches in 4K UHD and HDR […]