Amazon has scored a three-year extension to its Uefa Champions League rights deal in Germany.
The renewal from the 2024/25 season ensures that 17 matches will be shown live and exclusively each year on Amazon Prime Video, with matches involving German teams to be prioritised by the streaming platform.
Amazon, which initially acquired the German Champions League rights back in 2019, will be able to continue providing the first-pick game on Tuesday evenings. Highlights of all games played on Tuesday will keep being shown on Prime Video.
No figures have been reported for the new contract but Amazon’s current deal is worth around €90 million (US$94.8 million) a year. Prime Video has a strong presence in broadcasting European soccer’s elite club competition, having paid UK£1.5 billion (US$1.8 billion) for the joint media rights in the UK. That agreement will cover Uefa’s club competitions for the same cycle between 2024 and 2027.
Alex Green, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe, said: “The Uefa Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in world soccer, and our coverage of the headline Tuesday match and highlights of other fixtures of the day is enjoyed by millions of Prime members across Germany.
“We look forward to working with our brilliant teams on and off screen to keep innovating for our customers over the coming years.”
DAZN, which currently has the German contract for the bulk of the tournament’s matches, has also extended its own agreement with Uefa, securing all remaining live Champions League rights in the country, according to local media reports. Again no figures have been made public, but DAZN is currently paying €315 million (US$331 million) per season
Meanwhile, Canal+ has landed its first sports rights in Austria in a deal securing it the top pick of Champions League matches played on Wednesdays. The contract, which runs from 2024/25 to 2026/27, also hands the pay-TV broadcaster the first pick of Uefa Europa League or Uefa Europa Conference League games for each matchday.
Canal+ added that it will be the only operator in Austria to show all three finals of Uefa’s club competitions during the new rights cycle.
In Switzerland, pay-TV network Blue has extended its rights agreement for Uefa club competitions, again covering 2024/25 to 2026/27. Blue has held the rights since 2018.
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