BT to broadcast Champions League and Europa League finals for free

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The same applies to the Europa League final, which takes place tomorrow night (Wednesday 16 May) and sees (look away now, Arsenal fans) Atletico Madrid take on Marseille in Lyon. 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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The deal also includes rights to the final qualifying round for the Champions League, the Super Cup and all Champions League and Europa League highlights.

"This landmark deal confirms Virgin Media as Ireland's leading connected entertainment business and is great news for TV3 viewers and Virgin Media Customers", said Pat Kiely, managing director of TV3.

Match programmes from finals are always valuable parts of every Reds' collection, and Liverpool's eighth European Cup final will be no different - regardless of the result in Kiev.

BT Sport confirmed the news earlier today that both games will be available on YouTube. BT also confirmed that the clash will be broadcast for free too.

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