Virgin Media and TV3 secure Champions League and Europa League rights

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

RTÉ has retained a Tuesday slot, but TV3 will also be showing a live game that night due to a new schedule.

The deal, which comes into effect in August this year, also includes exclusive rights to all UEFA Champions League final round qualifiers, which Celtic and the Super Cup and all highlights rights to both UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the next three years. Virgin customers can watch the matches for free on channel 100.

Atletico Madrid take on Marseille in Lyon on Wednesday 16 May for the Europa Cup final, while the Champions League final takes place on Saturday 26 May between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Pat Kiely, managing director of TV3, did not mention any details of the broadcast arrangements in...

The Broadcasters attested their Champions League viewing figures this season are already up by 47 percent.

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.

Football fans across the world will be eager to watch the action.

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.

There is, of course, increased interest in this year's final as Liverpool become the first English team since Chelsea in 2012 to take part in UEFA's showpiece event. For everyone else, you'll be able to watch online at btsport.com/final or in UHD on YouTube, via the BT Sport app or on Virgin channel 100.

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