Amazon Prime Video ends deal to broadcast Champions League matches in UK

Amazon Prime Video ends deal to broadcast Champions League matches in UK

Amazon Prime Video is close to concluding a deal to broadcast Champions League matches in the UK alongside BT Sport from 2024-2027 to coincide with UEFA’s victory in the elite club competition.

The streaming service will offer the first choice of live games on Tuesday nights, with BT Sport conducting other matches and highlights, The Independent understands.

Reports also indicate that the BBC secured the rights to the Wednesday night package on Match of the Day midweek.

An official announcement could be made as early as Friday (30 June).

The broadcast reform will coincide with changes to the Champions League format confirmed by UEFA earlier this year.

From 2024, the competition will be expanded from 32 to 36 clubs, each playing eight matches over 10 weeks of play in the form of a single leaderboard prior to the playoffs.

The total number of matches will increase from 125 to 189, which means that more games will be offered for broadcast.

Amazon’s interest in the Champions League has been strong and palpable for some time, after successful launches in the German and Italian markets last season.

By adding competition to its portfolio, the broadcasting giant will own the UK rights to the English Premier League and Champions League, as well as other strong attractions at the International Open in rugby and tennis next fall in the US.

BT Sport has been the only British broadcaster of the Champions League since 2015, paying £1.2 billion for the rights to broadcast the competition between 2022-2024, but the rights are expected to share over the next few years.

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Amazon Prime Video is close to concluding a deal to broadcast Champions League matches in the UK alongside BT Sport from 2024-2027 to coincide with UEFA’s victory in the elite club competition.

The streaming service will offer the first choice of live games on Tuesday nights, with BT Sport conducting other matches and highlights, The Independent understands.

Reports also indicate that the BBC secured the rights to the Wednesday night package on Match of the Day midweek.

An official announcement could be made as early as Friday (30 June).

The broadcast reform will coincide with changes to the Champions League format confirmed by UEFA earlier this year.

From 2024, the competition will be expanded from 32 to 36 clubs, each playing eight matches over 10 weeks of play in the form of a single leaderboard prior to the playoffs.

The total number of matches will increase from 125 to 189, which means that more games will be offered for broadcast.

Amazon’s interest in the Champions League has been strong and palpable for some time, after successful launches in the German and Italian markets last season.

By adding competition to its portfolio, the broadcasting giant will own the UK rights to the English Premier League and Champions League, as well as other strong attractions at the International Open in rugby and tennis next fall in the US.

BT Sport has been the only British broadcaster of the Champions League since 2015, paying £1.2 billion for the rights to broadcast the competition between 2022-2024, but the rights are expected to share over the next few years.

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