Mega TV, a private television network in Greece, has secured a package of free-to-air broadcast rights to European soccer’s top-tier Champions League for the 2021-22 to 2023-24 cycle.
Through a sub-licensing deal with Cosmote, Greek the pay-TV broadcaster which acquired rights to the Champions League (and other Uefa club competitions) for the three-year period last December, Mega TV will show the top-pick game live each Wednesday from both the group stage and knockout stage of the competition.
As well as the live action, Mega, which relaunched as a channel last year following its closure in 2018, will also show post-game highlights each Wednesday from all the games in the round of fixtures,
Cosmote won rights to the Champions League, Europa League and new Europa Conference League in a deal with the Team Marketing agency, which handles Uefa’s commercial and broadcast rights sales.
The pay-TV broadcaster fought off strong competition from rival Nova Sports to once again secure the Champions League.
As part of the deal struck between Cosmote and Team, it was stipulated that one game each Wednesday in the three-year cycle would have to be shown on free-to-air TV.
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In the last Uefa club competitions rights cycle — 2018-19 to 2020-21 — a similar package of free-to-air rights was allocated to ERT, the Greek public-service broadcaster.
As part of that agreement, ERT showed the finals of both the Champions League and Europa League in all three seasons.