TV3 wipes RTÉ's eye with broad deal for Champions League

Irish broadcasters split European football rights

Irish broadcasters split European football rights

Former Chelsea goalkeeper has backed Liverpool to win the Champions League against Real Madrid when they clash this month in Kiev.

From next season, the Champions League group stage format will change with 6pm and 8pm games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

In other news, BT Sport will make the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid available to watch for free online.

The deal also includes rights to the final qualifying round for the Champions League, the Super Cup and all Champions League and Europa League highlights.

327 European matches per season from both competitions will be screened on Virgin Media Ireland and its TV3 channel.

Virgin Media Ireland, TV3 and RTE have between them secured the rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches for the next three years.


Those with access to BT Sport will of course be able to watch the game on BT Sport - and in HD or even UHD if you have the right subscriptions and equipment.

When asked if the Champions League final would definitely be broadcast free-to-air on TV3, the spokesperson responded that more details will be revealed in the near future.

"This success, in conjunction with the rights to broadcast our national team's European and World Cup qualifiers for 2020 & 2022, guarantees top class football on RTÉ platforms for the seasons ahead".

Non-subscribers will be able to view the match via YouTube, the BT Sport app and the company's website.

YouTube's Head of Sport in EMEA, Tomos Grace, said: "Football is by far the most popular sport on YouTube and it doesn't get more premium than the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finals".

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