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France: D8 takes Champions League final from TF1

Canal+’s FTA DTT channel D8 has acquired the rights for the next three years to air the UEFA Champions League final, which is usually broadcast by TF1.

Pay-TV channel beIN Sports which will also broadcast the games, but being classed as “an important sporting event” means the Champions League final also has to be co-broadcast by a FTA channel. According to sport daily L’Equipe, D8 have paid more than €3 million a year for the rights.

This acquisition demonstrates “D8’s will to invest in event programmes that bring people to the channel” explained the station.

For Canal+ Group, this is some consolation after Altice recently took the rights to the English Premier League.

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