After reaching a “landmark” contract to display 137 matches on its app for iOS and Android smartphones, LiveScore is scheduled to stream the UEFA Champions League for free starting next season.
The real-time updates provider will act as the only Irish free-to-air broadcaster of 104 UCL events every season under the terms of the three-year agreement. The next 33 matches will be live-streamed on a non-exclusive basis, including the UEFA Champions League final.
Users will be able to watch matches on their mobile or tablet devices, with the option to ‘cast’ the action to their TV displays, according to the partnership, which was revealed less than a year after LiveScore offered free-to-air live-streamed football within its app.
Significant new rights deal
Ric Leask, LiveScore’s Marketing Director said: “We are extremely excited to announce this significant new rights deal, which will provide fully free-to-air live coverage of every single UEFA Champions League match to football fans in Ireland.
“We look forward to being there for every step of the season, as we bring our users closer to the action with our full offering of live-streamed matches and supporting content.”
LiveScore had broadcast more than 1,250 matches across 15 different leagues and competitions in Ireland by the end of the current 2020/21 season, including extensive coverage of Italy’s top-flight Serie A.
The package also includes live coverage of the UEFA Super Cup in addition to the 137 UEFA Champions League matches.
Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA’s Marketing Director, stated: “UEFA is delighted to welcome LiveScore as the new broadcaster of UEFA Champions League rights in the Republic of Ireland. We are excited to see the innovative coverage it will deliver and to bring comprehensive coverage of the best of European club football to Irish fans for free.”
In addition to live-streamed match coverage, LiveScore’s latest successful rights acquisition in collaboration with SARAN Media Group includes extra content such as match highlights and on-demand video.