Champions League final to be broadcast on YouTube

TV3 will be the home of Champions League football from next season.                     Image Alexandr Gusev  PA Images

If you don't have BT Sport, yes, you can listen to the match on BBC Radio 5 Live, with full commentary from 7:45pm.

The deal, which comes into effect in August this year, also includes exclusive rights to all UEFA Champions League final round qualifiers, which Celtic and the Super Cup and all highlights rights to both UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the next three years.

Even though the shows will begin with Atlético Madrid taking on Olympique Marseille, the big attraction will be the Liverpool v Real Madrid Champions League showdown on 26 April.

From next season, the Champions League group stage format will change with 6pm and 8pm games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Viewers in Ireland will be able to watch the Champions League final on RTE - but not for much longer.

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The move by Virgin is the latest in its ever-expanding live sport portfolio which now includes the majority of the Champions League and Europa League, the Rugby World Cup, the Six Nations, the Champions Cup and United Kingdom racing.

VIRGIN MEDIA AND TV3 have secured the rights to 327 exclusive matches across the Uefa Champions League and Europa League from next season, including the finals of both competitions.

YouTube's Head of Sport in EMEA, Tomos Grace, said: "Football is by far the most popular sport on YouTube and it doesn't get more premium than the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finals".

"This landmark deal confirms Virgin Media as Ireland's leading connected entertainment business and is great news for TV3 viewers and Virgin Media Customers", said Pat Kiely, managing director of TV3. For everyone else, you'll be able to watch online at btsport.com/final or in UHD on YouTube, via the BT Sport app or on Virgin channel 100.

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