Football


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airing live foreign football on Saturday afternoons, but has called for an end to the UK ‘blackout rule’ claiming it is outdated and encourages piracy.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 […]

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 […]

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