Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

BT Sport to show Champions League final free online

BT Sport to show Champions League final free online

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

Previously, Champions League matches had been shared between RTÉ and TV3 on terrestrial television in Ireland and, while that is still the case, the carve-up has changed somewhat.

In previous years, TV3 showed games on Tuesdays while RTÉ had rights to Wednesdays.

The deal, which comes into effect in August this year, also includes exclusive rights to all Champions League final round qualifiers, the Super Cup and will be in place for three years.

When asked by The Irish Times if all of the matches in question would be broadcast free-to-air, a TV3 spokesperson said: "We will be sharing more information about the deal over the coming weeks".

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

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The matches (on 16 and 26th May 2018) will also be available for free to watch in full 4K UltraHD (UHD) video streaming quality and BT Sport subscribers will separately benefit from 360 highlights on the app throughout the game (s).

There's a summer of football ahead with the World Cup just around the corner. "This landmark deal confirms Virgin Media as Ireland's leading connected entertainment business and is great news for TV3 viewers and Virgin Media Customers".

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.

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.

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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