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TV3 secure rights to Champions League and Europa League next season

TV3 secure rights to Champions League and Europa League next season

TV3, which was acquired by Virgin Media in 2015, said yesterday that it had bought the exclusive Irish rights for 327 matches a season across the Uefa Champions League and Europa League over the next three years.

"This season we have shown some absolutely fantastic games and have had some of our biggest games to date with our UEFA Champions League viewing figures up by 47% this season". A further million or so watched Manchester United's triumph over Ajax in the Europa League final.

"The UEFA Champions League final is set to be a classic and we can't wait to bring it to football fans across the United Kingdom". BT also confirmed that the clash will be broadcast for free too. Virgin Media rival Eir had the rights to Europa League matches.

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.

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Viewers in Ireland will be able to watch the Champions League final on RTE - but not for much longer.

On satellite TV BT Sport continues to hold exclusive rights, although there is speculation that it may sub-let some games to Channel 4 or ITV as there are now no European games on terrestrial television in the UK.

Football fans across the world will be eager to watch the action.

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