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This is a list of television broadcasters which provide coverage of the UEFA Champions League, European football's top level continental competition.

The competition attracts a huge television audience, not just in Europe, but throughout the world. The 2006 Final, FC Barcelona versus Arsenal, attracted the 4th biggest global TV audience for a sports event in that year, averaging 86 million viewers (the total audience, 209 million, was actually the 3rd highest of 2006, only behind the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final (603 million) and the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games (249 million).[1]

Format of Rights Packages

Rights to show the UEFA Champions League are awarded directly by UEFA to broadcasters on a territory-by-territory (country-by-country) basis, and in all territories a pay television broadcaster holds the majority, if not all, the rights. In territories which are members ohe European Union, at least one match every Matchday (a Matchday comprising both the Tuesday and Wednesday night) must be broadcast on a free tv channel. Typically in EU territories, the free TV broadcaster (which normally is a channel that allows commercial advertisements, so as to meet UEFA's obligations to tournament sponsors) will be awarded the right to the ‘1st pick’ of matches either over the entire Matchday or for a single night. This means that the free TV broadcaster is given priority over the pay TV broadcaster in determining which match they will be broadcasting, so in effect the free TV broadcaster will be able to pick the match which it perceives to be most attractive to their audience. Both the free and pay channels carry the final.

In territories where teams from the territory are regularly in the competition, it is always the case that free TV broadcasters will pick matches involving teams from their own territory given that this will be of far greater interest to the audience in that territory. For example, TF1 in France will pick matches involving French teams if they are still in the competition.

Also, although pay TV broadcasters always hold the rights to broadcast the majority (if not all) of the matches, it does not mean they will broadcast them all. This is especially the case during the group stage where 8 matches are played on any one night (all matches kick-off at 20.45 CET, with the exception of matches held in Russia). This is due to limitations in a broadcaster’s capacity to be able to broadcast matches, so for example, Sky Sports in the United Kingdom will always broadcast every match for which they have the rights to do so – utilising its ownership of the Sky Digital satellite television service on which it broadcasts, whilst Sport TV in Portugal will broadcast a selection of the matches it has the rights to, but not all, due to limited broadcasting capacity on the ZON TV Cabo satellite and cable television service.

Some broadcasters, notably including TVR, SportTV, SKY Sport, RTP1, RAI and Sky Sports, offer matches in HDTV.

RTP1 renewed the rights for Portugal until 2012, becoming the first broadcaster to broadcast UEFA Champions League since its creation, without interruption (rights being bought by another station, for example).

On 1 July 2009 Kanal A became Slovenia's new broadcaster. Its owner Pro Plus bought television, internet and mobile rights for three seasons.

International broadcasters

Country/Region Language Free/Pay TV Broadcaster Tuesday Night Live Matches Wednesday Night Live Matches Tuesday Night Highlights Wednesday Night Highlights Weekly magazine show

English-speaking Africa

English Pay Super Sport (South Africa) All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
AngolaMozambique

Portuguese Speaking Africa

Portuguese Pay SportTV África Portuguese Teams and more two other matches from other teams from another countries. Portuguese Teams and more two other matches from other teams from another countries. No Yes Yes
Albania

Albania

Albanian Free TV Klan 1 match 1 match Yes Yes Yes
Pay DigitAlb All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Algeria

Algeria

Arabic Free ENTV
Argentina

Argentina

Spanish Free Canal 7 1st pick on either Tuesday or Wednesday night Yes Yes Yes
Pay Fox Sports Latin America All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Armenia

Armenia

Armenian Free ARM 1 1 match 1 match Yes Yes Yes
Free New Wave Channel 1 match (sometimes 2 matches) 1 match (sometimes 2 matches)
Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

English Free SBS
(Australia only)
2 matches when NSW and Victoria are operating on AEST, 1 match when NSW and Victoria are operating on AEDT (Daylight savings) 2 matches when NSW and Victoria are operating on AEST, 1 match when NSW and Victoria are operating on AEDT (Daylight savings) Yes Yes Yes
Pay ESPN Australia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Austria

Austria

German Free ORF 1st pick on either Tuesday or Wednesday night Yes Yes Yes
Pay Sky Germany All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Free Lider TV 1 match 1 match Yes Yes Yes
Belarus

Belarus

Russian Free National State Teleradiocompany All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Belgium

Belgium

French Free Club RTL 1st pick 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Flemish 2BE 1st pick 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Pay Prime 2 matches excluding match shown by 2BE 2 matches excluding match shown by 2BE Yes Yes Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnian Free BHT 1 match 1 match Yes Yes Yes
Bolivia

Bolivia

Spanish Free ATB 1st pick 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Brazil

Brazil

Portuguese Free Rede Globo
1 match 1 match Yes
TV Esporte Interativo 1 match 1 match Yes
Pay ESPN Brasil and ESPN Latin America All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Free PRO.BG 1 match (1st pick) 1 match (1st pick)
Diema 1 match (Live) + 1 match (Record) 1 match (Live) + 1 match (Record) Yes Yes
Diema 2 1 match (Live) + 1 match (Record) 1 match (Live) + 1 match (Record)
Canada

Canada1

English Pay Rogers Sportsnet and Setanta Sports Canada Rogers Sportsnet has 1st and 3rd picks, Setanta Sports Canada has 2nd pick Rogers Sportsnet has 1st and 3rd picks, Setanta Sports Canada has 2nd pick Yes Yes Yes
Chile

Chile

Spanish Free Chilevision 1st pick of Real Madrid C.F. on either Tuesday or Wednesday night Yes Yes No
Pay Fox Sports Latin America All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
People's Republic of China

China

Chinese (Mandarin) Free CCTV-5 1st and 2nd pick 1st and 2nd pick Yes Yes Yes
English Pay ESPN Star Sports At least 1 match At least 1 match Yes Yes Yes
Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Chinese (Cantonese) & English Pay Cable TV Hong Kong 4 matches 4 matches Yes Yes Yes
Republic of China

Taiwan

Philippines

Philippines

Malaysia

Malaysia

Chinese (Mandarin) & English Pay ESPN Star Sports All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Democratic Republic of the Congo

DR Congo

French Free RTCN 2 1st pick 3rd pick
Singapore

Singapore

Chinese (Mandarin) & English Pay Singtel MioTV (Football Frenzy) All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Croatia

Croatia

Croatian Free Hrvatska televizija No All matches No Yes Yes
Free Nova TV 1st pick No Yes No Yes
Cyprus

Cyprus³

Greek Free Sigma TV
Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Czech Free Česká televize No 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Pay Nova Sport 1st pick 2nd pick Yes Yes Yes
Ecuador

Ecuador

Spanish Free Teleamazonas No Matches All matches Yes Yes No
Finland

Finland

Finnish & Swedish Free YLE 1st pick Yes Yes No
Pay CANAL+ No matches 1st pick Yes (shown on Wed) Yes Yes
Pay Viasat All matches All matches excluding match shown by CANAL+ No No Yes
France

France

Monaco

Monaco

French Free TF1 1st pick on either Tuesday or Wednesday night No No No
Pay Canal+ All matches excluding match shown by TF1 All matches excluding match shown by TF1 Yes Yes Yes
Georgia (country)

Georgia

Georgian Free Rustavi 2 1 match + Highlights of another games 1 match + Highlights of another games Yes Yes Yes
Free 1TV 1 Match 1 Match Yes Yes Yes
Germany

Germany

German Free Sat.1 No 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Pay Sky Germany All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Greece

Greece

Greek Free Mega Channel 1 match No Matches Yes Yes Yes
Free ERT No matches 1 Match Yes Yes Yes
Pay Nova Sports All matches excluding match shown by Mega Channel All matches excluding match shown by ERT Yes Yes Yes
Hungary

Hungary

Hungarian Free TV2 1st pick on Tuesday night No match Yes No Yes
Pay DigiSport All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
India

India

Pakistan

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Bhutan

Bhutan

Maldives

Maldives

Nepal

Nepal

English Pay TEN Sports & Zee Sports TEN Sports has 1st pick, Zee Sports has 2nd pick. 1 more match each shown deferred live in both channels. Yes
Indonesia

Indonesia

Indonesian and English Free RCTI 1 match 1 match Yes Yes Yes
Pay Vision 1 Sports 2 matches including matches shown by RCTI 2 matches including matches shown by RCTI
Iceland

Iceland

Icelandic Pay Stöð 2 Sport 3 matches
(Usually English club)
3 matches
(Usually English club)
Yes Yes Yes
Iran

Iran

Persian Free IRIB 3 1 match (sometimes 2 matches) 1 match (sometimes 2 matches) Yes
Republic of Ireland

Ireland2

English Free RTÉ No 1st Pick Yes Yes Yes
TV3 (Ireland) 1st pick No Yes Yes Yes
Pay Setanta Ireland 2 matches excluding match shown by TV3 2 matches excluding match shown by RTÉ Yes Yes Yes
Israel

Israel

Hebrew Free Sport 5 All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Channel 10 Only Maccabi Haifa F.C.'s matches No No No
Pay Sport 5+
5+ Gold
Sport 5 HD
All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
5+ live Breaking news from all the matches Breaking news from all the matches Yes Yes Yes
Sport 1
Sport 2
2 matches 2 matches No No No
Italy

Italy

Italian Free RAI No matches (but it can broadcast semifinal) Only Italian clubs matches
1st pick
Yes Yes Yes
Pay SKY Sport All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Pay Mediaset Premium All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Kosovo

Kosovo

Albanian Free RTK 2 matches 2 matches
Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Russian/Kazakh Free Channel 31 All matches All matches
Japan

Japan

Japanese Pay SKY PerfecTV! Yes
Republic of Macedonia

Macedonia

Macedonian Free Kanal 5 all matches all matches Yes Yes Yes
Mali

Mali

French Free ORT
Malta

Malta

Maltese Pay Melita Digital All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Mexico

Mexico

Spanish & English Pay Fox Sports Latin America All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Spanish Free Televisa 1st pick excluding matches shown by TV Azteca 1st pick excluding matches shown by TV Azteca Yes Yes No
Free TV Azteca 1st pick excluding matches shown by Televisa 1st pick excluding matches shown by Televisa Yes Yes No
Middle East, North Africa &East Africa
 Yemen
 Palestine 
 Egypt
 Iraq
 Syria
 KSA
 Jordan
 Lebanon
 UAE
 Oman
 Bahrain
 Qatar  
 Kuwait 
 Algeria 
 Morocco 
 Tunisia 
 Libya 
 Mauritania 
 Western Sahara 
 Chad 
 Senegal 
 Somalia 
 Ethiopia 
 Djibouti 
 Eritrea 
 Sudan 
Arabic/English Pay Al Jazeera Sports All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Morocco

Morocco

Arabic and French Free 2M 1st pick 1st pick No No Yes
Free Arryadia 1st pick 1st pick Yes Yes No
Moldova

Moldova

Romanian Free Moldova 1 1st pick 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands

Netherlands

Dutch Free NOS 1st pick 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Pay Sport1 All matches including matches shown by NOS All matches including matches shown by NOS Yes Yes Yes
Peru

Peru

Spanish Free Red Global Televisión 1st pick 1st pick No No Yes
Pay Fox Sports Latin America 1 match (Live) + 1 match (Record) 1 match (Live) + 1 match (Record) Yes Yes Yes
Pay DirecTV All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Portugal

Portugal

Portuguese Free RTP1 1 game if Portuguese team is in and plays that fixture on Tuesday: 1 eliminatory game 1 game if Portuguese team is in and plays that fixture on Wednesday: 1 eliminatory game Yes Yes Yes
Pay SportTV 2 games in group stage and all games in knockout stage 2 games in group stage and all games in knockout stage No Yes Yes
Poland

Poland

Polish Free Polsat No 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Pay nSport All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Romania

Romania

Romanian Free TVR1/TVR HD 1 match 1 match Yes Yes Yes
Pay Boom Sport All matches except 1st pick All matches except 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Russia

Russia

Russian Free NTV 1 match on either Tuesday or Wednesday night
Pay NTV Plus All matches
Denmark

Denmark

Estonia

Estonia

Latvia

Latvia

Lithuania

Lithuania

Norway

Norway

Language of country Pay National variations of TV3
Serbia

Serbia

Serbian Free Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) 1 match 1 match Yes Yes Yes
Kosovo Kosovo

Albanian

Free RTK 2 matches 2 matches
Slovakia

Slovakia

Slovak Free Slovenská televízia 1 match 2 matches Yes Yes Yes
Slovenia

Slovenia

Slovenian Free Kanal A 1 match live, other in highlights 1 match live, other in highlights Yes Yes Yes
South Africa

South Africa

English Free e.tv
Pay Super Sport (South Africa) All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
South Korea

South Korea

Korean Pay MBC ESPN All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Spain

Spain

Spanish, Catalan/Valencian, Galician, Basque Free TVE 1st pick No No Yes Yes
FORTA / CEXMA / CyLtv No 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Pay Gol Televisión All matches live excluding match shown by TVE, and all deferred All matches live excluding match shown by FORTA, and all deferred Yes Yes Yes
Sweden

Sweden

Swedish Both4 Viasat All matches, 1st pick on TV6 All matches, 1st pick on Viasat Fotboll Yes Yes Yes
Switzerland

Switzerland

French, German, Italian Free SRG SSR At least 1st pick on either Tuesday or Wednesday night Yes Yes Yes
Pay Teleclub All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes
Thailand

Thailand

Thai Pay ESPN Star Sports (via True Visions) All Matches All Matches Yes Yes Yes
Free Channel 3 & Channel 7 All Matches All Matches Yes Yes Yes (Channel 3)
Turkey

Turkey

Turkish Free Star TV 1st pick 1st pick Yes Yes Yes
Pay D-Smart All matches excluding matches shown by Star TV All matches excluding matches shown by Star TV Yes Yes Yes
Ukraine

Ukraine

Ukrainian Free TRK Ukraina TET
Pay Poverkhnost TV
United Kingdom

United Kingdom2

English Free ITV No matches 1st pick No Yes Yes
STV No matches As ITV[2] No Yes Yes
Pay Sky Sports All matches All matches (excluding ITV match) Yes Yes Yes
United States

United States5

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

English & Spanish Pay (except for final, free over-the-air) Fox Sports Net, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox (Final) Fox Sports en Español, Fox Soccer Plus and DirecTV All matches5 All matches5 Yes Yes Yes
Venezuela

Venezuela

Spanish Free Meridiano Television 1st pick on either Tuesday or Wednesday night No No Yes
Pay Fox Sports Latin America All matches All matches Yes Yes Yes

1Rogers Sportsnet has 1st and 3rd picks of matches each day. The network also uses its pairs of its 4 regional feeds (Pacific/West, Ontario/East) to split 2 matches across the country. Setanta Sports Canada has the rest of the matches plus the highlights shows.

2As Ireland shares the Sky Digital satellite television service with the United Kingdom, Irish viewers across the island also have access to UK and Irish broadcasters including ITV, Sky Sports, RTÉ and Setanta Ireland.

²Sky Germany acquired all rights for the German market on the condition that they broadcast one 1st pick match each Matchday on Free TV. Sky Germany later took over DSF for this purpose.

³Like the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus shares the NOVA satellite television service with Greece, and so Cypriot viewers also have access to Greek broadcasters showing UCL coverage.

4TV6 is free through terrestrial television.

5FOX Sports International has the first, second, and third picks. FOX Sports Net (FSN) carries the primary game for English speakers live on Tuesdays; FOX Soccer Channel (FSC) usually carries the primary game for English speakers live on Wednesdays; and Fox Sports en Español (FSE) carries one match live for Spanish speakers on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fox Soccer Plus (FS+) has the second pick on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the playoff round and the group stage, as well as the second pick on Wednesdays during the 1st knockout round and the quarterfinals. DirecTV has all remaining matches (4th-5th picks during the playoff around and 4th-8th picks during the group stage) live in high definition. FSN, FSC, FSE, and FS+ offer other games on tape delay. Fox Sports will air the final match live and free through an over the air (terrestrial) broadcast.[3]

6Record News did not show the same Wednesdays matches of Rede Record. And did not show this matches live. Show UEFA Champions League Weekly Magazine as Rede Record.

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