Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Change is in the air as Virgin Media secures Champions League rights

Darragh Maloney and the panel are moving to Tuesday nights Darragh Maloney and the panel are moving to Tuesday nights
Bennie Garza | 16 May, 2018, 11:35

Both matches will be available for free to watch on YouTube in 4K Ultra HD at youtube.com/btsport, the BT Sport app and btsport.com and available for BTTV subscribers on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD.

"To secure the Champions League first choice games on Tuesday nights for the next three seasons means that Irish audiences will continue to have free to air access to the world's leading club competition".

Pete Oliver, managing director of marketing and sales at BT Sport, said: "To have Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final is fantastic". BT also confirmed that the clash will be broadcast for free too.

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".

Virgin Media and TV3 today announced a major sports deal which sees the combined broadcasting and television platform business become the new home of top European club football from next season.

On satellite TV BT Sport continues to hold exclusive rights, although there is speculation that it may sub-let some games to Channel 4 or ITV as there are now no European games on terrestrial television in the UK.

The final of next year's Champions League will be held in Atlético Madrid's stadium.

The move by Virgin is the latest in its ever-expanding live sport portfolio which now includes the majority of the Champions League and Europa League, the Rugby World Cup, the Six Nations, the Champions Cup and United Kingdom racing.

RTÉ and TV3 are both able to broadcast Saturday week's final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, but TV3 will have sole coverage of the final going forward.

Are we heading towards an era where every match could be streamed on YouTube?

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