TV3 secure rights to Champions League and Europa League next season

Mohamed Salah

The agreement with UEFA sees Virgin Media and TV3 win exclusive Irish rights to all Wednesday UEFA Champions League matches, all Thursday UEFA Europa League matches and the Finals of both competitions.

In previous years, TV3 showed games on Tuesdays while RTÉ had rights to Wednesdays.

Premier League Golden Boot victor Mo Salah will be looking to prove he belongs on the big stage alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who is within touching distance of a fifth career Champions League final win that would take him above Lionel Messi's four trophies with Barcelona.

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But they've made a decision to give away the game in Kiev on May 26 for free.

The broadcaster, which has exclusive rights to show the match in the United Kingdom, says it will be streaming the match live and in 4K for subscribers and non-subscribers.

When asked if the Champions League final would definitely be broadcast free-to-air on TV3, the spokesperson responded that more details will be revealed in the near future.

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BT Sport subscribers will also be able to enjoy 360 highlights on the app throughout the game.

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.

A spokesperson for Virgin told the Irish Independent: "Virgin Media and TV3 are simply announcing this landmark rights deal - which has just been established - and they will then be providing more information in due course". The Liverpool versus Real Madrid match will be available via YouTube, the BT Sport app and btsport.com without a subscription to BT Sport.

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