Champions League


SFR’s rivals react to Champions League blow

French service provider SFR’s pay TV rivals have reacted with surprise to the award of exclusive Champions League and Europa League football rights to the Altice-owned operator, with BeIN Sports saying it has “concerns” about the way the deal was done. Altice confirmed today that has secured the rights to broadcast the two tournaments exclusively […]

SFR Champions League win could deal blow to pay TV rivals

Altice-owned French service provider SFR has reportedly secured the rights to Champions League and Europa League football, dealing a severe blow to French pay TV leader Canal+ and rival BeIN Sports, which currently share rights to the competition. According to Le Monde, citing unnamed sources, SFR has secured all rights to both tournaments for the […]

MTG extends Champions League rights to 2021

Modern Times Group (MTG) has extended its rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League football in Scandinavia until 2021. The broadcaster – which claims to be the only entertainment company in the world to have held the media rights the Champions League since it was launched in 1992 – will air the football via its free TV […]

BT Sport retains exclusive grip on Champions League and Europa League

BT Sport has retained exclusive rights to air Champions League and Europa League football in the UK, consolidating its place as a serious competitor to Sky in the premium sports arena. BT secured the rights to the two leagues until the end of the 2020-21 season, gaining exclusive rights across all live games, highlights and […]

BT unveils social initiatives for Champions League final

BT has unveiled a range of initiatives to make coverage of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid available on social media platforms, on top of its recently announced plan to live-stream the match on YouTube. BT said that the final will be covered by Snapchat Live Story, with behind the scenes […]

BT TV passes 1.4m as company posts first residential customer gain in decade

BT added 97,000 TV customers in its fiscal third quarter, taking its total to 1.4 million. The company said that viewership of its BT Sport offering had increased by 46% thanks in part to coverage of Champions League and Europa League football. BT said that 20 football matches recorded peak concurrent viewing above one million […]

Spanish consumer groups slam Mediapro’s TotalChannel

A range of Spanish consumer groups have filed a complaint with the country’s industry ministry over interruptions and poor service on Catalan broadcaster Mediapro’s TotalChannel OTT service, which provides coverage of Champions League football. The Asociación de Internautas (AI), the Unión de Consumidores de Cataluña (UCC), the Asociación pro Derechos Civiles, Económicos y Sociales (ADECES), […]

Champions League helps BT post record TV sign-ups

BT added 106,000 TV customers in its fiscal second quarter, its best ever performance, helped by its new coverage of European football. Announcing results for the quarter ending September 30, BT said it had seen strong demand for BT Sport Europe – its home to UEFA Champions League football. This new channel was one of […]

Mediaset agrees Premium deal with Telecom Italia

Mediaset and Telecom Italia have agreed a deal whereby the telecom operator will distribute Mediaset Premium, including its exclusive Champions League football coverage. From September, a new version of the Premium offering dubbed Premium Online will be made available to Telecom Italia subscribers via its TIMvision set-top. Premium Online will provide Mediaset Premium’s complete line-up […]

Champions League accounts for just 2.5% of Sky Sports viewing

Sky has said that Champions League football accounted for just 2.5% of Sky Sports viewing, with fans showing an “overwhelming preference for our Premier League coverage.” In a company blog post, Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said that the Premier League is “seven times bigger” that its Champions League coverage and that 49 of […]