BT to broadcast Champions League and Europa League finals for free

Darragh Maloney and the panel are moving to Tuesday nights

Darragh Maloney and the panel are moving to Tuesday nights

For the third year running, the Champions League and Europa League finals will be free to watch online. 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. The commercial station has also won exclusive rights for all Europa League games, as well as the final round of Champions League qualifiers and European Super Cup.

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

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

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

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

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Are we heading towards an era where every match could be streamed on YouTube? "This landmark deal confirms Virgin Media as Ireland's leading connected entertainment business and is great news for TV3 viewers and Virgin Media Customers".

"Our award winning sports broadcasting team look forward to bringing the biggest clubs and the best players to our viewers and customers in new and exciting ways over the coming European football seasons".

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.

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. The final, as with all Champions League and Europa League games, will not be broadcast on any free-to-air television in the UK.

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