Champions League

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 […]

Sky in Germany to air Champions League final in UHD

Sky in Germany is due to run an Ultra High Definition (UHD) broadcast trial of the UEFA Champions League final this weekend.  Sky will air the Juventus vs. Barcelona football final in UHD quality in 13 selected Sky Sports Bars in Germany, following a successful UHD live broadcast of the DFB-Pokal football cup final in the […]

Mediaset quashes Champions League sub-contracting rumours

Mediaset has forcefully denied persistent rumours that it is preparing to sub-contract some of its exclusive Champions League football rights to competitor Sky.  The company issued a statement requesting the media “not to feed fanciful hypotheses” circulated “with the sole purpose of confusing the public” and denied that it is in negotiations to sub-contract Champions […]

Volia adds Unian TV to line-up

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added 1+1 Media-owned sports and news channel Unian TV to its programming line-up. The addition of the male-focused channel will enable Volia subscribers to view content including Champions League and Europa League football matches as well as 1+1’s TSN news service. Volia is including Unian TV in its Start and […]

BT takes UK Champions League rights

UK telco and pay TV provider BT has secured exclusive live TV rights to all Champions League football matches as part of a £897 million (€1.07 billion) three-year deal.  The agreement, which comes into effect from the 2015/16 season, strikes a blow to UK broadcaster ITV and pay TV operator Sky, which currently share UK […]

Sky Sports to share Champions League clips on Twitter

Sky Sports is working with the real-time TV clip-sharing platform Grabyo to publish clips of live Champions League games on Twitter and the Sky Sports site.  Now TV, Sky’s OTT service, will promote the clips on Twitter by using Twitter’s Promoted Tweets ad platform. The deal is designed to increase awareness and engagement of live Champions League […]

BT Sport looking for more rights

BT Sport could bit for a wider range of sports rights, potentially including the Champions League football rights currently shared between BSkyB and ITV, according to BT CEO Gavin Patterson. Speaking at the Leaders in Football event, Patterson said he was satisfied with the BT Sport platform’s progress to date but that there was much […]

UPC Direct to air Champions League final in 3D

Liberty Global-owned DTH bouquet UPC DTH’s Hungarian unit is teaming up with sports channel Sport 1 HD to air the Champions League football final in 3D for the first time.  UPC Direct will air the match on May 25 in 3D, available to anyone with an HD satellite receiver and a basic UPC Direct subscription. […]