Television Revolution: Last Free TV Hope for it
Update Munich – The migration of the Champions League to pay-TV is a done deal. Even the last hope of a broadcast on free TV has been dashed. After the Champions League outing on free TV from 2018 onwards, there is no hope for fans of the top flight. Pay-TV provider Sky rejects the idea of making individual games freely available, and further details on the contract negotiations between DAZN and Sky, which would mean a further cut in the first two knockout rounds, have been revealed. SPORT1 explains what will change from the 2018/19 season onwards: For the first time in the history of the premier class, the games will be played on Tuesday The ZDF, which used to host 18 matches per season for free, has failed with its offer of broadcasting rights, and one single game is protected by law: if a Bundesliga club reaches the final, it would have to be freely available according to the broadcasting treaty, but there is no hope for further matches. Sky denied a report by Wirtschaftswoche that in the new period of rights from 2018 onwards, the Champions League matches could be shown on the free-to-air channel Sky Sport News HD.”It is not true that Sky wants to show some Champions League matches on free-TV,”said a statement from the station to SID. Sky Sport News HD had received two matches of the Bundesliga live and free in the past season. The media blog allesaussersport wants to know that Sky will show all conferences and 34 single games, but DAZN has not acquired any rights for conferences, but for 104 single games. The broadcasters are not allowed to hold a pure German conference on Sky any more, as the broadcasters are not allowed to show more than 30 minutes. Means: At least one more match would be played at the German conference and also be shown for at least 30 minutes, with a further cut in the eighth and quarter-finals. In the first two knockout rounds Sky should not have any rights to the single games in contrast to streaming partner DAZN, so only one conference would be shown. If you want to see Dortmund or Bavaria in full length live, however, you would probably need another subscription, currently a DAZN subscription costs 9.99 Euro per month. The price should not rise with the Champions League. Champions League at Sky in a package is currently available from just under 29 euros per month. The UEFA Executive Committee has decided to reform the kick-off times, the rewards system and the starting positions for the season after next, and the Bundesliga will have four places in the Champions League group stage from 2018 onwards – without having to play a qualification. The fourth pillar is a new club coefficient, which takes into account not only current successes but also the club’s history, and rewards millions of players who have always won.