The Africa Cup of Nations is underway with ALL games on Sky Sports – and some available FREE-TO-AIR on the BBC.
All 52 matches will be available across Sky’s sports channels while BBC will also show ten on them, some on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport online site and app. Some of the BBC’s games will also be available on their TV channels.
The BBC’s matches include the final and semi-finals which will be shown on BBC Three as it makes its return as a TV channel after only being available online.
The TV guide for the group stage is listed below – BBC free-to-air matches are highlighted in a shaded box.
The FA Community Shield will be shown on free-to-air television for the first time in years as the new season kicks off.
ITV will screen the match between FA Cup winners Leicester City and Premier League champions Man City.
The game will be at Wembley and will kick-off at 5pm on Saturday with coverage starting from 4.30pm.
Mark Pougatch will anchor coverage alongside Ian Wright, Emile Heskey and Roy Keane.
ITV will show the game as part of their new FA Cup deal which means they will share rights to the FA Cup with BBC. It means the competition will be completely free-to-air after BT Sport lost their share of games to ITV – see HERE
The four-year agreement will see the FA Cup final being shown by both the BBC and ITV while the broadcasters will show a semi-final each.
Up to six games a round will be shown from the first round proper in November with replays also included in the deal.
ITV will show up to 28 games a season from the Cup and BBC up to 18. Details of how the preliminary rounds will be covered have yet to be confirmed. The BBC has been offering red button and BBC iPlayer live matches from the very first rounds of the competition as part of the current deal.
Top women’s football action will be shown regularly on free-to-air UK TV after the FA Women’s Super League sealed a breakthrough deal with the BBC and Sky.
The BBC will show at least 18 games a season live on BBC One and BBC Two in what the corporation hailed as an “historic” deal. The BBC already shows live WSL games, but usually only through the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport online and the BBC red button service.
The new arrangements will also see Sky Sports show at least 35 live matches a season taking over from BT Sport which currently holds the rights. Sky will get the top picks of each round of fixtures, showing two games each weekend.
Officials in the women’s game believe the three-year deal could have a huge impact in raising the profile of the league after crucially securing matches on the BBC’s two major channels rather than just the previous digital and subscription-only offering. Sky are expected to throw significant resources at promoting their coverage as well and “selling” the women’s game to its football audiences in a further boost.
Sky Sports boss Rob Webster said: “Our goal is to bring our customers more of what they love and we are certain the WSL will be a success with our football-hungry viewers.”
Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “This is fantastic news for sports fans and for women’s football. We are delighted to offer the WSL a free-to-air platform to ensure the sport, and the players, connect with the widest possible audience.”
Football Association officials described the deal as “game changing”. The new arrangements start when next season gets underway in September.
HOW THE DEAL BREAKS DOWN
– at least 18 LIVE matches a season on BBC One and BBC Two with a further four on BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer and BBC red button (the BBC One/Two games will also be on BBC Sport online and iPlayer).
– highlights and goals from all games across The Women’s Football Show, BBC Sport online and social channels.
– at least 35 games LIVE a season – with up to 44 potentially being shown.
– Sky promising the “full Sky Sports treatment with lengthy build-ups and reaction to all live matches, plus daily news across Sky Sports News and digital platforms.”
– Games will be shown across Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
– Some games will be simulcast for non-sports subscribers across Sky One and Sky Sports Mix.