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TV3 wipes RTÉ's eye with broad deal for Champions League

TV3 wipes RTÉ's eye with broad deal for Champions League

The Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid takes place in Kiev on May 26, but you can get the match programme even if you're not travelling to Ukraine.

BT has announced it will be broadcasting the upcoming UEFA Europa and Champions League football finals for free for everyone to watch via YouTube, the BT Sport website and the BT Sport App. It is unclear how Virgin will deliver this volume of matches - whether it will be broadcast on TV3, a subsidiary channel, or via an online streaming service.

We're used to watching the top European games on TV3 on Tuesday nights and RTE on a Wednesday but that will change from August.

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

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.

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

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In addition, the TV3 Group will share the rights to 16 Tuesday night Champion League matches.

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.

Both games will be available for free to watch on YouTube in 4K UHD 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.

In other news, BT Sport will make the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid available to watch for free online.

"The sports rights market continues to evolve and RTÉ is now competing against major global companies both here and in the United Kingdom, both free and subscription, for the right to broadcast premium sports events in this country". BT also confirmed that the clash will be broadcast for free too.