Ireland: Virgin Media, TV3 score Champions League rights

Ireland: Virgin Media, TV3 score Champions League rights

Ireland: Virgin Media, TV3 score Champions League rights

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

ESPN has reached a wide-ranging rights agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to continue broadcasting the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Europa League in Spanish-speaking Latin America through the 2020-21 season. A spokeswoman for TV3 declined to comment on how the extra matches will be shown.

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

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".

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

"We have a long history as a UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League broadcaster".

RTÉ has first pick on Tuesday, but TV3 will show a game in the other slot and also have the option to air other fixtures.

This move will be seen as another blow to RTE, who lost the rights to the Six Nations in 2017.

"The agreement with UEFA sees Virgin Media and TV3 win exclusive Irish rights to all Wednesday UEFA Champions League matches, all Thursday UEFA Europa League matches and the Finals of both competitions. This landmark deal confirms Virgin Media as Ireland's leading connected entertainment business and is great news for TV3 viewers and Virgin Media Customers".

From next season, new kick-off times come into effect for the Champions League. Non-subscribers will be able to view the match in Kiev on May 26th via YouTube, the BT Sport app and the company's website.

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