Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Virgin Media and TV3 secure Champions League and Europa League rights

Virgin Media and TV3 secure Champions League and Europa League rights

Handy for those that can't make it to a TV.


The final UEFA Champions League match between English football club Liverpool and Spain's Real Madrid is to be shown free by United Kingdom broadband ISP BT via YouTube, the BTSport TV app and other mediums.

"The Champions League is the biggest and most prestigious club competition in the world and we are delighted to extend our partnership with Uefa for both the Champions League and the Europa League". And no, we're not talking about the quality of the defending.

And, thanks to BT Sport, you'll be able to watch both matches for free online.

The broadcaster, which has exclusive rights to show the match in the United Kingdom, says it will be streaming the match live and in 4K for subscribers and non-subscribers.

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Over 1.8 million people watched last year's decider, where Madrid defeated Juventus, on BT's Youtube.

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. BT also confirmed that the clash will be broadcast for free too. "Real Madrid is absolutely fantastic when they turn it on and they've been playing for the Champions League for the last few months now".

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. Bayern Munich won three European Cups on the spin from 1973-1976, equalling Ajax's record from the three previous years.

If Virgin does opt to stream some matches exclusively online it will represent a further move towards such a system in football, with Facebook and Amazon both already having made tentative - but so far unsuccessful - moves towards the Premier League market.

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