Football


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 […]

Sky and BT renew Premier League rights

Sky and BT have each renewed their Premier League rights, with Sky taking four and BT one of the live rights packages for a total of £4.46 billion (€5 billion). Two of the seven packages for the three seasons from 2019 to 2022 are still available, with a move for rights by a new entrant […]

YouTube agrees football streaming deal with LAFC

YouTube has struck a deal with the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) to broadcast the team’s locally televised matches via YouTube TV to people living in the LA area. YouTube and LAFC said the deal was “the first partnership of its kind in North American professional sports” where all locally televised matches are on a […]

BBC renews Premier League highlights package

The BBC will continue to show Premier League TV highlights in the UK for a further three years, after renewing its contract until the end of the 2021/22 season. The new free-to-air deal covers Saturday night highlights show Match Of The Day, its repeat on Sunday morning, as well as MOTD2, Football Focus, plus midweek […]

Ampere: Premier League rights to pass £10bn mark

The value of Premier League football rights is set to break the £10 billion barrier for the first time, with Amazon emerging as a “significant potential bidder”, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm predicts that the total value for UK and international rights in the upcoming auction for three seasons from 2019 – 2022 […]

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 […]

Canal+ secures Women’s World Cup rights from TF1

Vivendi-owned French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured the pay TV rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup from commercial broadcaster TF1. Under its deal with TF1, Canal+ will air all 52 matches of the tournament, which takes place in France in June and July 2019. TF1 will meanwhile air the 25 best matches from […]

Eleven secures Serie A football streaming rights for Italy

Eleven Sports has secured live rights to Serie A football in Italy and will air three games live every match week on its Sportube streaming service during this season. Eleven has secured rights to show three live game each match week on mobile, tablet and online, starting with the Napoli-Cagliari, Benevento-Inter and Milan-Roma matches. According […]

Canal+ secures top-tier Turkish football for African channel

French pay TV operator Canal+’s international arm has secured the exclusive rights to distribute coverage of Turkish top-tier football via its new A+ Sport channel for Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. The Vivendi-owned operator has secured the distribution rights to Turkish Süper Lig matches in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa for the next three seasons. The matches will be […]

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