Ligue 1

Canal+ forced to continue broadcasting Ligue 1 after losing beIN case

French pay TV broadcaster Canal+ will continue to have to air Ligue 1 football under the terms of a sub-licensing deal with beIN Sports after losing a court case against its partner. Under a ruling of the Versailles court of appeal last Thursday, Canal+ will be forced to honour its contract with beIN, which agreed […]

Ligue 1 agrees €1.5 billion media company stake sale

French football league Ligue 1 has agreed to sell a stake in its media business to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for €1.5 billion. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed the agreement after entering into discussions with the Luxembourg-based private equity firm earlier this month.  The deal will see CVC take a 13% […]

Free launches Ligue 1 website

French service provider Free has launched a website dedicated to Ligue 1 top-tier football to complement its existing Free Ligue 1 Uber Eats app. Free holds the rights to transmit near-live highlights of Ligue 1 football. The company said that in order to maximise access to Ligue 1 coverage, it was launching a website to […]

Amazon picks Screach for distribution of Ligue 1 to commercial venues in France

Prime Video has announced a partnership with Screach to distribute its broadcasts of French Ligue 1 football to commercial venues in France. Screach is a cloud-based streaming and ad platform that allows venues to access HD events via subscription or pay-per-view. It is available in 157 countries, based out of the UK and has a […]

Eleven Belgium secures Ligue 1 rights

Sports broadcaster and streamer Eleven Belgium has secured rights to Ligue 1 football for the next three seasons. This agreement was negotiated with beIN Sports, the global sales partner of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Eleven will make the best matches of the French league available on its OTT platform and app in Belgium and Luxembourg, […]

Messi debut becomes most-watched Ligue 1 match ever in Spain

If Lionel Messi’s pulling power was ever in doubt, the football legend’s debut match for Paris Saint-Germain has become the most-watched French league match ever in Spain. An average audience of 2.2 million viewers watched PSG’s 2-0 victory over Reims on Mediaset-owned Telecinco, with a total audience of over 6.7 million Spaniards. This was further […]

Ligue 1 lands on Reddentes Sports

Vietnamese broadcaster Reddentes Sports has agreed a sublicencing deal with beIN Sports for Ligue 1 rights. The three deal will see Reddentes bring the French league to viewers in Vietnam from 2021/22-23/24.   International interest in the French top flight has skyrocketed since the shock announcement that a legend of the sport Lionel Messi would sign […]

France’s SFR sets out packages with Amazon Ligue 1 offering

Amazon’s new French top-tier football offering is now available as part of a set of new sports packages from Altice France’s SFR. The presence of Amazon’s Pass Ligue 1 on SFR’s TV box enables the Altice-owned operator to claim to have the most complete football offering of France’s ISPs. SFR also carries RMC Sport and […]

Canal+ to appeal as court orders it to honour Ligue 1 contract

Canal+ has said it will contest a ruling by the Nanterre commercial court ordering it to honour its contract with beIN Sports to air two matches per weekend matchday of French top-tier football. The court yesterday said that the pay TV operator could not renege on its contract to air the matches under a sub-licensing […]

Amazon launches Le Pass Ligue 1, with Freebox deal

Amazon has launched its vehicle for French top-tier football. The service, called Le Pass Ligue 1, is available on the web and mobile via the Amazon Prime Video app and on the Freebox TV service thanks to a partnership with service provider Free. The service enables subscribers to watch up to eight matches per match-day […]

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