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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

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.

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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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CHAMPIONSHIP AND EFL TV HIGHLIGHTS SWITCHING CHANNELS FROM QUEST TO ITV

TV highlights from the Championship, Leagues One and Two and other EFL competitions are to moving from Quest to ITV from the new season.

ITV have agreed a two-season deal for the highlights rights and are promising to show them at 9pm on ITV 4 every Saturday (the same slot used by Quest) with repeats on the main ITV channel later that night and on Sunday mornings.

The rights also cover the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy.

ITV haven’t confirmed who will be presenting their coverage or who will be in their line-up of pundits, but the Mirror’s John Cross has reported that TV and radio host Hugh Woozencroft is being lined up to anchor the shows – see HERE.

While Quest’s coverage has been praised, ITV’s bigger reach is likely to give the EFL competitions a much larger audience.

ITV’S DEAL FOR EFL HIGHLIGHTS IN FULL

– Championship, League One and League Two highlights programme at 9pm on Saturday nights on ITV 4 with a repeat on the main ITV channel later in the evening and again on Sunday mornings.

– Midweek highlights when full fixture round takes place on ITV.

– Extensive coverage of the play-off semi-finals and finals.

– Highlights shows from each round of the Carabao Cup and the semi-finals and final.

– A one-hour highlights show on ITV 4 from the Papa John’s Trophy Final.

– all shows will also be available on the ITV Hub to stream for 30 days following first transmission.

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Everton v Liverpool to be shown free-to-air as Premier League re-start TV details revealed

All 92 outstanding Premier League fixtures will be shown live on TV – including four on the BBC and a number of free-to-air Sky games including the Merseyside derby.

The Premier League has confirmed, subject to safety clearances, the competition will return on Wednesday June 17.

Sky Sports will show the bulk of the matches, screening 64. Of those 39 will be for subscribers only while 25 will also be made available free-to-air on Sky’s Pick TV channel which is available on Freeview. Sky has confirmed Everton v Liverpool on the first full weekend of games will be simulcast for free on Pick TV.

For the first time in Premier League history, four matches will be screened live free-to-air on the BBC. The first game for the corporation is expected to be Bournemouth v Crystal Palace with an 8pm Saturday kick-off on the first full weekend of matches.

The remaining 24 will be screened across BT Sport and Amazon Prime. Amazon have confirmed their four games will be available free without a subscription while BT have so far declined to make any of their games free-to-air.

The first matches set to be shown will be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Man City v Arsenal which had been postponed due to the Carabao Cup Final. They’ll be on Wednesday, June 17 with 6pm and 8pm kick-off times and broadcasters to be confirmed, although it’s expected both will be on Sky.

WHO’S SHOWING WHAT?

SKY SPORTS

64 games LIVE (39 subscription only on Sky Sports, 25 simulcast FREE-TO-AIR on Pick TV on FREEVIEW

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4 games LIVE (all FREE-TO-AIR)

BT SPORT

20 games LIVE (subscription-only)

AMAZON PRIME

4 games LIVE (all FREE-TO-AIR) – get an Amazon Prime trial HERE

WHAT ARE THE KICK-OFF TIMES?

WEEKEND GAMES

Friday 8pm

Saturday 12.30pm/3pm/5.30pm/8pm

Sunday 12noon/2pm/4.30pm/7pm

Monday 8pm

MIDWEEK GAMES

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 6pm and 8pm