RTL, the German commercial broadcaster, has secured rights to show qualification matches for soccer’s 2024 UEFA European Championship national teams tournament.
The network will show one match per qualifying round on its Nitro free-to-air channel and RTL+ streaming service from September through June.
In total, the broadcaster will air 10 Euro 2024 qualifiers, including two playoff games in March.
Nitro’s coverage will begin with France’s match against the Republic of Ireland on September 7, followed by Portugal’s clash with Luxembourg on September 11.
In October, the channel will show two high-profile games as the Netherlands face France and England take on Italy in a rematch of the Euro 2020 final.
RTL held rights to Germany’s qualifying matches for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup and a selection of matches from the UEFA Nations League competition.
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In 2013, the commercial broadcaster surprisingly won the rights to Germany’s qualifying matches for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, dislodging ARD and ZDF, the long-standing broadcasters of such games.
As the host nation, Germany have qualified automatically for Euro 2024.
Next year’s competition will be shown domestically by Deutsche Telekom, the German telecoms giant, after it sprung a surprise by landing exclusive rights in 2019, displacing long-term rightsholders ARD and ZDF, the public-service broadcasters.
However, Deutsche Telekom has vowed to make more Euro 2024 matches available on free-to-air television than it is legally obliged to do.
Earlier this year, RTL retained rights to the UEFA Europa League and Europa Conference League club competitions for the 2024-27 cycle.