Change is in the air as Virgin Media secures Champions League rights

Mohamed Salah Liverpool Brighton Premier League

Virgin Media rival Eir had the rights to Europa League matches.

"This season we have shown some absolutely unbelievable games and have had some of our biggest games to date with our UEFA Champions League viewing figures up by 47% this season". But before we get to the tournament to end all tournaments, there are still two big events on the football calendar in the shape of the Europa cup final and Champions League final. 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 new deal will see the Ballymount-based broadcaster share the rights to 16 Tuesday night Champions League matches with RTÉ; with the latter having first choice of game broadcast.

From next season, the Champions League group stage format will change with 6pm and 8pm games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The final of next year's Champions League will be held in Atlético Madrid's stadium.

Those with access to BT Sport will of course be able to watch the game on BT Sport - and in HD or even UHD if you have the right subscriptions and equipment.

The move by Virgin is the latest in its ever-expanding live sport portfolio which now includes the majority of the Champions League and Europa League, the Rugby World Cup, the Six Nations, the Champions Cup and United Kingdom racing.

In other news, BT Sport will make the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid available to watch for free online.

"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".

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