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WHY ARE THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GAMES NOT ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO AND BBC THIS SEASON?

THE Champions League is back, but if you were expecting to catch games on Amazon Prime Video and free-to-air highlights on the BBC you’ll be disappointed.

Yes, you are right in thinking that Prime Video won the rights to show some live Champions League games while the BBC secured a highlights agreement as part of a new UK TV deal confirmed by UEFA earlier in the summer.

BUT the new deal won’t kick in from until the 2024-25 season, so this campaign and next year’s will see Champions and Europa League live matches and highlights all on BT Sport under the same arrangements as last season’s.

Even from then BT Sport has retained the bulk of Champions League live rights with Amazon showing the first pick Tuesday night game from each round of fixtures – 17 games in all when the new expanded format for the competition kicks in from 2024-25.

The BBC will screen a Wednesday night highlights programme through the deal and will also have highlights of the final.

Apart from the Amazon Tuesday night first pick game, BT has bagged all other matches as well as the Europa and Europa Conference League competitions under the new rights.

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UEFA EUROPEAN COMPETITION RIGHTS 2022-23 & 2023-24 SEASINS

EVERY Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League game will continue to be available LIVE only on BT Sport.

BT Sport also has the highlights rights and shows dedicated highlights shows on its subscription channel. However, it makes mini highlights packages of matches available free-to-air via its website, app and YouTube channel soon after games have finished.

BT is expected to continue to make the finals of all three tournaments available free-to-air as well.

UEFA EUROPEAN COMPETITION RIGHTS 2024-25 to 2026-27 SEASONS

BT SPORT

– 553 OF THE 550 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, EUROPA LEAGUE AND EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE GAMES EXCLUSIVELY LIVE EACH SEASON (EUROPA COMPETITIONS ONLY ON BT SPORT WITH EVERY SINGLE GAME AVAILABLE LIVE.)

BT SPORT HAS CONFIRMED IT WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE ALL THREE FINALS FREE-TO-AIR ON SOME PLATFORMS.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

– 17 ‘FIRST PICK’ TUESDAY NIGHT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GAMES EACH SEASON

BBC SPORT

– WEDNESDAY NIGHT CHAMPIONS LEAGE HIGHLIGHTS AND FINAL HIGHLIGHTS AS WELL

ARE THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ON THE SKY RED BUTTON?

THERE’S a full midweek round of Championship fixtures for Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14 – with all games available on Sky either on the main channels or the red button.

Sky’s contract with the EFL for live TV rights allows them to show games they’ve not selected as their main channel matches for full midweek rounds. Sky have Reading v Sunderland and Preston v Burnley as their main matches getting the full Sky Sports coverage with more limited coverage of West Brom v Birmingham on the Sky Sports Arena channel.

All others will have single-camera coverage with no replays on Sky Sports’ red button and app.

ITV 4 will have highlights on Wednesday night from 10.30pm.

Goals and key moments from the Championship will also be shown as they happen on Soccer Special on Sky Sports News.

The Championship midweek games are available to watch live via clubs’ official websites for a fee.

For all confirmed live Sky EFL see HERE

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13

SKY SPORTS RED BUTTON – SINGLE CAMERA COVERAGE ONLY/NO REPLAYS/NO BUILD-UP AND AFTER-MATCH ANALYSIS. (ALSO AVAILABLE FOR WITH MORE CAMERA VIEWS VIA CLUBS’ OWN WEBSITES FOR A FEE)

7.45PM

BLACKBURN V WATFORD

HUDDERSFIELD V WIGAN

HULL V STOKE

MIDDLESBROUGH V CARDIFF

SWANSEA V SHEFFIELD UNITED

8PM PRESTON V BURNLEY

EFL SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL/MAIN EVENT

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14

SKY SPORTS RED BUTTON – SINGLE CAMERA COVERAGE ONLY/NO REPLAYS/NO BUILD-UP AND AFTER-MATCH ANALYSIS. (ALSO AVAILABLE FOR WITH MORE CAMERA VIEWS VIA CLUBS’ OWN WEBSITES FOR A FEE)

7.45PM

LUTON V COVENTRY

MILLWALL V QPR

NORWICH V BRISTOL CITY

ROTHERHAM V BLACKPOOL

8PM READING V SUNDERLAND

EFL SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL/MAIN EVENT

8PM WEST BROM V BIRMINGHAM

EFL SKY SPORTS ARENA

(WEST BROM V BIRMINGHAM HAS LIMITED CAMERA ANGLES, BUT DOES HAVE REPLAYS – ALTHOUGH NO BUILD-UP AND AFTER-MATCH ANALYSIS)

ITV TO SHOW TEN LIVE FREE-TO-AIR LALIGA GAMES A SEASON

ITV will show live free-to-air LaLiga action after striking a deal with UK rights holders Premier Sports.

Premier show all LaLiga games live in the UK through its main channels and the LaLiga TV streaming service.

But under a three-year deal, ITV will show ten matches per season from Spanish football’s top-flight division.

ITV say their games will feature either Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. The first match of the new agreement will see ITV 4 screen Real Sociedad v Barcelona on Sunday August 21. Coverage will start at 8.30pm ahead of the 9pm kick-off.

Matches will either be shown on the main ITV channel, ITV 4 and will also be available on the broadcaster’s streaming service ITV Hub.

WHO’S GOT THE RIGHTS TO WHICH FOOTBALL? SEE HERE

WHICH PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES ARE AMAZON PRIME VIDEO SHOWING LIVE?

AMAZON Prime Video again have the rights to two whole match rounds of Premier League fixtures.

Prime have the midweek October 18-19 fixture round and the Boxing Day games.

As with previous seasons, the Boxing Day games are likely to be staggered over a number of kick-off times and days.

Likewise the October midweek round’s dates are provisional with final dates and kick-off times to be confirmed.

In previous seasons, Prime Video’s midweek round games have kicked off at 7.30pm and 8.15pm.

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 18

Kick-off times and dates are provisional and may change

7.45PM

ARSENAL V MAN CITY

BOURNEMOUTH V SOUTHAMPTON

BRENTFORD V CHELSEA

BRIGHTON V NOTTINGHAM FOREST

FULHAM V ASTON VILLA

LEICESTER V LEEDS

8PM

CRYSTAL PALACE V WOLVES

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19
Kick-off times and dates are provisional and may change

7.45PM

NEWCASTLE V EVERTON

8PM

LIVERPOOL V WEST HAM

MAN UNIRED V SPURS

BOXING DAY – MONDAY DECEMBER 26
Kick-off times and dates to be confirmed.

ARSENAL V WEST HAM

ASTON VILLA V LIVERPOOL

BRENTFORD V SPURS

CHELSEA V BOURNEMOUTH

CRYSTAL PALACE V FULHAM

EVERTON V WOLVES

LEEDS V MAN CITY

LEICESTER V NEWCASTLE

MAN UNITED V NOTTINGHAM FOREST

SOUTHAMPTON V BRIGHTON

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WATCH THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL WITH BT SPORT’S FREE STREAM

BT Sport is making the Champions League Final FREE-TO-AIR on a number of platforms.

Subscribers can see the match on BT Sport 1, but the game will be also be available for FREE on BT Sport’s YouTube channel above, via BTSport.com online or the BT Sport app.

Coverage starts from 6pm.

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