Football


Football piracy rampant, with five million Brits admitting to watching illegal streams

Despite efforts from the Premier League to clamp down on piracy, over five million football fans have admitted to accessing illegal streams. According to the Fans of the EPL report, published by OLBG, 22% of UK football fans have admitted to using unofficial streams despite knowing their illegality. The report adds that 42% of the […]

Rai extends FIGC rights deal

Italian PSB Rai has extended its rights deal with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). The extended relationship will go on until 2022’s controversial FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with Rai showing friendly games from the country’s men’s and women’s teams, along with the under-21s and youth teams. The announcement comes as no surprise, and furthers […]

English FA launches women’s football streaming platform

The English FA has announced the launch of a new OTT live streaming platform exclusively dedicated to women’s football. The FA Player will launch from the start of the 2019/20 season and will be free to use. Users will be able to access the player online and via apps on Android and iOS. There is […]

La Liga issues UK&I ITT

Spanish football league La Liga has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for UK and Ireland.  The league, which currently broadcasts on Sky Sports, is offering rights to all matches of the Spanish Football League Championship, First Division and all play-offs.   There are six package bundles on offer, ranging from all matches and support programmes […]

England vs USA becomes most watched UK TV programme of 2019

England’s 2-1 defeat to the USA in the semi-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 was the most watched television show of the year so far in the UK. According to the BBC, the broadcast on Tuesday night reached a peak audience of 11.7 million viewers, equivalent to 50.8% of the available audience. The match […]

beIN lands Copa América broadcast rights

Qatar-based beIN Media has signed a deal to exclusively broadcast this year’s CONMEBOL Copa América football tournament in Australia and New Zealand. This adds to the company’s pre-existing deal to broadcast the competition across France, the Middle East and North Africa. The announcement is the latest high-profile deal between the broadcaster and the South American […]

Eleven Sports Portugal to stream Bundesliga via Facebook for first time

Eleven Sports will show Bundesliga football live on Facebook for the first time in Portugal this weekend, in a bid to reach sports fans across the country. The sports broadcaster has already broadcast matches from other top European leagues on Facebook in Portugal, and this weekend will stream the Bayern München versus Fortuna Düsseldorf match […]

Eleven Sports bows to UK ‘blackout rule’ for Saturday football

Eleven Sports has agreed to stop airing live foreign football on Saturday afternoons, but has called for an end to the UK ‘blackout rule’ claiming it is outdated and encourages piracy. The sports streaming service, which holds UK rights to LaLiga and Serie A football, cited “intense pressure from stakeholders within the football establishment” for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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