Real-time sports update and sports betting company LiveScore has announced that it will stream 137 UEFA Champions League matches in Ireland on a free-to-air basis for the upcoming season.
In a deal that is set to run for three years, the sports media company will be the only free-to-air streaming broadcaster in Ireland for 104 Champions League fixtures. The other 33 ties from the knockout stages up to and including the final will also be live-streamed by other broadcasters.
Users of LiveScore’s Android and iOS apps will be able to watch the matches on either a smartphone or tablet while there will also be an option to screencast the stream to a smart TV.
The deal sees LiveScore add to the 1,250 matches across 15 leagues that it currently streams to its Irish audience and will include match highlights and other UCL-related content.
Speaking of the new deal, Ric Leask, Marketing Director at LiveScore 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.”
Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director at UEFA, added:
“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.”
Irish football fans will also be able to watch 16 Tuesday night Champions League fixtures on RTE after the state broadcaster renewed its current deal until 2024. The deal also includes highlights packages and the rights to broadcast the final.
UEFA has yet to announce who has secured the rights for Wednesday night UCL football in the Republic although it won’t be Virgin Media who have terminated their current deal with European football’s governing body.