Pay-TV network O2 TV has secured the exclusive broadcast rights for Champions League football in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. From August, the broadcaster will show live coverage of the competition on its O2 TV Fotbal and O2 TV Free channels in both markets until 2021. Coverage will also be rolled out via the O2 TV Sport streaming service, which is available on the O2 TV app on portable devices.
The rights package includes the preliminary play-off round, the group and knockout stages, along with the UEFA Super Cup. In total, O2 TV will show over 140 live games during each Champions League campaign.
Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA’s marketing director, commented: “O2 has been a UEFA Champions League partner in the Czech Republic for the past three seasons; we are delighted to renew this partnership and extend it as well to the Slovak market for the 2018 to 2021 cycle. It will ensure that football fans in both countries are able to access high quality programming, benefiting from O2’s innovative production.”
Anna Lenerová, head of O2 TV content, added: “Even though prices for broadcasting rights are rising every year, we wanted to gain the maximum for our audience. So we have also managed to secure exclusive rights for all the match days. Anyone who wants to watch complete UEFA Champions League coverage in the coming seasons can watch it only on O2 TV.”