BBC to continue showing football from summer Olympics until 2032

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has retained rights to the Olympic games in a new deal running until Brisbane 2032UK Fans of football and other Olympic sports will be able to watch the summer games for free until 2032 after the public broadcaster renewed its TV rights for the event.However, they will have to pay to gain access to every competition at the Olympics as Discovery retains the majority of broadcast rights.This extension continues the previous deal between the IOC (International Olympic Committee), the BBC and Warner Bros Discovery which allows the free-to-air network to run only two simultaneous live...

Is it time for a Premier League live streaming service?

Illegal live streaming continues to be prevalent in the UK amid 3pm blackout and rising cost of watching Premier LeagueFans have been calling for a dedicated Premier League live streaming service for years, but is it any closer to becoming a reality? With the cost of watching the English top flight on TV in the UK at an all-time high, and the 3pm blackout barring fans from watching half of the available games, many are still resorting to illegal live streaming to follow their favourite clubs. Could a Premier League "Netflix" be the answer and how likely are we to...

Apple TV reportedly preparing to bid for domestic Premier League TV rights

Tech giant ready to throw its hat in the ring for the most lucrative football rights on the marketPer a report in the Daily Mail, silicon valley tech behemoth Apple is considering a bid for Premier League broadcast rights in the UK.Apple TV, the company's over-the-top live streaming platform would significantly bolster its fledgling sports rights portfolio by adding the most watched football tournament on the planet to its ranks.Holding English Premier League broadcast rights in any territory is noteworthy but to do so in the UK, the league's domestic market, would fundamentally change the face of football broadcasting in...

DAZN is now the biggest sports streaming service in Europe

OTT platform annual review shows an increase in streaming time and connected devices in 2022London-based, global sports streaming platform DAZN has become the largest online sports broadcaster in Europe and the highest grossing app in sports during 2022, according to figures released in its 2022 annual review.The review credits DAZN with having achieved 1.2bn hours of global streaming time across 130m devices last year. These numbers were up from 1bn hours and 100m devices in 2021.These results now make DAZN the biggest digital sports broadcaster in all of Europe.Alongside very positive streaming statistics, DAZN can now boast a total of...

Report finds football fans more willing to pay for live streams than other sports fans

US market research study reveals eye-opening figures on the prices paid to watch various sports including footballA report released by US-based market research and consulting firm Parks and Associates has concluded that fans of the beautiful game willingly spend more money to access live streams than followers of other sports.The study asked American sports fans about their willingness to pay upwards of $20 a month to watch all the games available for their preferred sport.It found that over 60% of football fans would be "highly likely" to pay more than $20 a month to watch all games. This figure was...

Illegal live streamers watching Premier League to be visited by police

West Mercia Police will be carrying out a crackdown this week on football fans using Amazon fire sticks and other devices to stream live footballIt has been revealed that this week officers from West Mercia Police in the UK are set to pay a visit to more than 1,000 addresses in the country to warn users about using illegal live streaming services.It is understood that the police have been able to identify the customers of one of many such illegal streaming services, and they plan to go door-to-door warning such users that they could face prosecution if they continue to...

FOX wins US rights to Coupe de France

Huge American broadcaster will air majority of French Cup games across various different channelsUS based TV network FOX has successfully picked up the rights to the Coupe de France, the Premier knockout cup competition in France.While the Coupe de France may not be the oldest club competition in the world - that distinction goes to the English FA Cup, it is without doubt the biggest, with more than 8000 teams entering in the preliminary stages.Teams from all over France and its overseas territories and former colonies take part, making it one of the most fascinating knockout football tournaments on the...

BeIN Sports retains US rights to Copa Libertadores

The Qatari based network has signed a four year extension to continue carrying the competition statesideBroadcasting giant BeIN Sport has secured the exclusive rights to the Copa Libertadores in the United States and Canada for another four seasons, making it the only destination for South America's premier club competition - the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League.As well as retaining its rights to the Libertadores, it will also continue to show coverage of the Copa Sudamericana, the second tier continental club competition in South America, effectively its equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.Fans in the US and Canada...

English football stakeholders to meet to discuss broadcast rights reshuffle

An important summit on Friday could bring about widespread change to the current structure of English football powerSix key figures at the top of the Premier League, FA and EFL are set to meet for a summit this Friday to discuss what they are calling a 'new deal' for English football finances.One of the key topics reportedly on the docket involves the Premier League possibly taking over the negotiation of FA Cup broadcasting rights.This meeting reportedly comes as the chairs of the three organisations await the establishment of an indepedent regulator.It has been suggested that, on top of possibly taking...

Amazon said to be planning to launch a live sports streaming app

The new platform could feature Premier League football alongsode a host of other sporting eventsAmazon is reportedly planning to develop a dedicated live streaming app specifically geared towards sports. It is believed that this new OTT platform would feature live sporting events, as well as other sports-based content.Present on the app would likely be live coverage of the Premier League, to which Amazon holds limited rights, as well as several other high profile sporting properties like Ligue 1 football, NFL football, Formula One motor racing and various baseball and cricket competitions.Embed from Getty ImagesCEO of Amazon, Andy Jassy, recently referred...

UK based football fans unable to watch Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr

Portugal star has left Manchester United to play in the Saudi Pro League which isn't broadcast in the UKThis month has proven to be one of the biggest falls from grace witnessed in sport in quite some time.Cristiano Ronaldo, regarded by many to be one of the greatest football players of all time, has gone from playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world in the most watched league in the world to joining a Saudi club whose fixtures aren't even broadcast live in most countries.While effectively ending his Premier League career during a controversial interview with Piers...

Bookies favourites to lift the 2022/23 Carabao Cup

Only eight teams remain in the EFL Cup and this is the perfect time to pick an outright winnerClub football has returned to England with a bang. With the Qatar World Cup coming to an end, fans turned their attention back to domestic action this week in the form of the Carabao Cup fourth round. Man City edged past rivals Liverpool in a spectacular 3-2 battle, Nottingham Forest put four past Championship side Blackburn Rovers and League One underdogs Charlton Athletic shocked Brighton & Hove Albion with a win on penalties to become the only non-EPL team to make it...

FuboTV claims to have suffered cyber attack during World Cup coverage

Live streams of US networks FOX and FS1 inaccessible on live streaming platform during semi finalAmerican streaming platform FuboTV has blamed disruption of its World Cup coverage on a cyber attack. Some subscribers had difficulty logging into their accounts during last week's World Cup semi final between France and Morocco, with the platform now stating that these technical difficulties were caused by a cyber attack.The game was being aired on traditional TV networks FOX and FS1, which are available to watch via live streaming on the FuboTV platform. FOX doesn't have its own streaming platform, meaning FuboTV was one of...

MLS signs new four year domestic TV rights deal

Agreement with American and Canadian broadcasters will run alongside huge Apple streaming dealMajor League Soccer, North America's premier football league, has signed a monumental new TV rights deal with four broadcast partners based in the United States and CanadaMLS games will air in the US on Fox Sports and TelevisaUnivision, and in Canada on TSN (The Sports Network) and its French-language sister network RDS, in a deal which will run for the next four seasons until 2026, when the US, Canada and Mexico will host the next FIFA World Cup.This new linear broadcasting deal will see select MLS matches air...

WSL sees 70% rise in viewership on Sky Sports

Broadcasting giant reports huge bump in audience figures on the back of England Euro 2022 victoryPay-TV network Sky Sports has revealed that the Women's Super League (WSL) has attracted 70% more TV viewers this season than it did during the last campaign.This marked increase comes on the back of the England women's teams triumph at the UEFA Women's Euro 2022.These figures were presented by a prominent Sky Sports executive at the SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid. The Sky spokesperson also revealed that this latest 70% jump follows a 171% increase in viewership during the 2021/22 season, the first year of...

80% of sports fans in Britain prefer live streaming

Survey carried out by video production suite Grabyo reveals rising demand for online viewingA recent survey carried out by browser-based live video production suite Grabyo has found that 80% of sports fans based in the UK want to watch their favourite sports, including football, exclusively via live streaming.The same survey also found a 38% rise in the viewing of short-form video content.Embed from Getty Images40% of respondents also confirmed that they already use online live streaming platforms to watch sport.On the other hand, fans using traditional pay-TV networks to access their favourite sports is dwindling. The number is said to...

National League set for full streaming launch this Christmas

The fifth and sixth tiers of English football will now be made available via live streaming after deal reached with BT SportAfter much lobbying from Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds among others, the National League will launch its very own live streaming platform in the UK this Christmas. A soft launch began on December 10th but a full rollout is expected in the coming weeks.The new platform will allow the league's 72 member clubs to provide live streaming coverage of their matches to both domestic and international fans.The National League, National League North and National League South will all be involved...

La Liga chief warns that Super League could destroy domestic competitions

Spanish top flight president has revealed damning results of an independent reportPresident of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has said that a future European Super League could "destroy" domestic leagues on the continent, when discussing revelations from a recent report conducted by independent consultancy firm KPMG.According to the results of KPMG's report, the introduction of the ESL would cost the Spanish top flight 55% of its revenue, and that clubs not participating could lose up to 64% of their value.The European Super League dropped like a nuclear bomb in April 2021 when 12 of the biggest clubs from Spain, England, Germany...

Bolton Wanderers CEO urges EFL clubs to scrap 3pm blackout

Neil Hart has called on members of the Football League to "be brave" and make changes to broadcasting rulesNeil Hart, Chief Executive of League One side Bolton Wanderers, has asked the other clubs in the English Football League (EFL) to "be brave" and back new proposals which would bring to an end the infamous 3pm TV blackout.The "blackout" refers to the rule which bars broadcasters from airing coverage of matches taking place between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturdays. This window eliminates the chance for games from the Championship, League One and League Two with 3pm kickoffs to be broadcast on...

FIFA+ streaming all Qatar World Cup matches FREE in Brazil

The global governing body is making all 64 games available via its live streaming platform in PortugueseFootball fans in Brazil are able to live stream every game from the FIFA World Cup in Qatar completely free on FIFA+ in the Portuguese language.World football's governing body is placing all 64 games on its OTT platform to enjoy for free throughout the winter tournament. These matches are available with Portuguese commentary and analysis.This doesn't affect the deal between FIFA and local pay-TV provider Globo, which is still broadcasting every game across its linear and digital platforms for its subscribers.Embed from Getty ImagesHowever,...

BeIN Sports airs 22 Qatar World Cup matches for free in the MENA region

Fans living in the Middle East and North Africa enjoy coverage from the Qatari broadcaster at no costQatari pay-TV network and FIFA broadcast partner for the MENA region, BeIN Sports, has been showing World Cup 2022 matches completely free throughout the tournament.In total, BeIN Sports will air 22 matches at no cost for people living in the Middle East and North Africa, having started their free coverage with the tournament's opening game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.The pay-TV giant will go on to show more games as the tournament continues, while the majority will remain behind a subscription paywall. In...

Serie A boss wants more time for broadcasters to bid on domestic rights

Luigi De Servio urges Italian government to extend bidding process and tackle piracy in order to generate greater revenuesThe CEO of the Italian top flight, Luigi De Servio, has told an Italian news outlet that the league needs more time to negotiate domestic broadcast rights deals. He feels that given more time to deliberate, potential partners would be more inclined to bid for the rights.Currently, Serie A is only allowed to take offers from broadcasters for three years each domestic rights cycle. De Siervo is attempting to convince the government to increase this to five years, in the hope of...

Saudi Arabia fans unable to watch Qatar World Cup

Media minstry blocks access to beIN SPORTS streaming service on eve of the tournamentSaudi Arabian football fans have been left frustrated by their inability to follow their nation's impressive performance at the Qatar World Cup, after the Saudi Media Ministry reportedly cut off access to TOD.tv, the beIN SPORTS online platform.Saudi Arabia pulled off a huge shock by beating tournament favourites Argentina 2-1 in their first game of the tournament, putting them in a great position to make it to the second round for the first time since 1994.Embed from Getty ImagesHowever, according to reports, the TOD.tv service was blocked...

La BBC y la ITV llegan a un nuevo acuerdo con la UEFA para la Euro 2024 y la Euro 2028

Las cadenas públicas británicas seguirán emitiendo los campeonatos europeos en abiertoTras firmar un nuevo acuerdo con la UEFA, la BBC y la ITV han confirmado que seguirán siendo el hogar del Campeonato Europeo de la UEFA durante al menos las dos próximas ediciones.No debería sorprender a nadie que la BBC y la ITV estuvieran desesperadas por mantener los derechos de la Eurocopa tras el éxito de la última edición. La Euro 2020, retrasada por la pandemia de Covid-19, y que finalmente se jugó este verano, tuvo altísimas audiencias en ambos canales. La final, en la que Inglaterra perdió contra Italia,...

World Cup fans left angered by SBS streaming glitch in England game

Viewers watching the Three Lions take on the USA saw the feed cut out towards the end of the matchAustralian public service broadcaster SBS is in hot water after its live stream coverage of England's 0-0 draw with the United States went down during a crucial time.With the two sides deadlocked and only a few minutes left in the match, the live stream on the SBS website and app cut out, leaving fans unable to follow the rest of the action and forced to vent their frustrations online.The free-to-air TV network is the exclusive rights holder to the Qatar World...