European Finals to be shown free on YouTube


The Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid takes place in Kiev on May 26, but you can get the match programme even if you're not travelling to Ukraine.

Virgin Media Ireland, TV3 and RTE have between them secured the rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches for the next three years.

RTÉ has retained a Tuesday slot, but TV3 will also be showing a live game that night due to a new schedule. Virgin customers can watch the matches for free on channel 100.

Pat Kiely, managing director of TV3, did not mention any details of the broadcast arrangements in... A further million or so watched Manchester United's triumph over Ajax in the Europa League final. The TV3 group - which includes TV3, 3e and Be3 - will have exclusive rights to 327 European matches.

RTÉ has first pick on Tuesday, but TV3 will show a game in the other slot and also have the option to air other fixtures.

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"This success, in conjunction with the rights to broadcast our national team's European and World Cup qualifiers for 2020 & 2022, guarantees top class football on RTÉ platforms for the seasons ahead".

"The sports rights market continues to evolve and RTÉ is now competing against major worldwide companies both here and in the United Kingdom, both free and subscription, for the right to broadcast premium sports events in this country".

There is, of course, increased interest in this year's final as Liverpool become the first English team since Chelsea in 2012 to take part in UEFA's showpiece event.

Both matches will be available to watch for free on the official BT Sport YouTube channel in 4K Ultra HD, the BT Sport App and the BT Sport website.