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BT Sport to make UEFA Champions League & Europa League Finals free to all on TV + online and the Champions League Final also in 360 Virtual Reality
BT Sport to make UEFA Champions League & Europa League Finals free to all on TV + online and the Champions League Final also in 360 Virtual Reality

BT Sport to make UEFA Champions League & Europa League Finals free to all on TV + online and the Champions League Final also in 360 Virtual Reality

The UEFA Champions League (3rd June) and UEFA Europa League (May 24th) finals will be available for absolutely anyone to watch on TV and online, with the former also set to be shown in 360° virtual reality, 4K UHD on YouTube and 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos in a series of broadcast firsts for the biggest game in world club football.

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Ignore the spiel, they are legally required in their contract to make the finals free to view.

Not sure if they were required to stream for free online so that's good news but otherwise this is an obligation

360 degrees would be ideal for Man City games, so you don't have to watch the pitch.

damienace

Can you imagine Sky doing this if they had won the rights?



When Sky held the rights (which they did for years) the final also aired on ITV. Ya know... for free.

Ringo_Bingo

When Sky held the rights (which they did for years) the final also aired … When Sky held the rights (which they did for years) the final also aired on ITV. Ya know... for free.


That's because ITV owned some of the rights aswel.
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BT Sport is set to make broadcast history with an incredible new range of viewing experiences as it prepares to show the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finals free-to-air once again.

Absolutely anyone can watch both games online via the acclaimed enhanced video player right here on BTSport.com or the BT Sport app, as well as on YouTube and our BT Sport Showcase HD TV channel.

For the first time ever, the UEFA Champions League final will be available in 360° virtual reality, with a number of streams available on YouTube and the new BT Sport Virtual Reality App.

This unmissable experience will allow fans to choose between a 360° produced programme with commentary and graphics or select their own camera viewpoint*.

Another pair of unprecedented moves will see the biggest game in world club football shown in 4K UHD on YouTube** and in 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos sound on BT TV.
Edited by: "robertr" 17th May

4K on Youtube you say? Now I'm interested.

That is, if my Youtube app on my TV actually streams in 4K as it really doesn't like to do it as often as it should!

can I stream 4K videos using BT internet?

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Trending

can I stream 4K videos using BT internet?



If you have a 4K TV or 4K device and your broadband speed is fast enough.

many thanks....heat added

Hala Madrid!!!

hass123

Hala Madrid!!!



y Nada Más!

BT have been castigated for their free coverage from Uefa, but still went ahead and renewed the deal. This is the least they can do for their terrible free to air coverage

Ignore the spiel, they are legally required in their contract to make the finals free to view.

Not sure if they were required to stream for free online so that's good news but otherwise this is an obligation

Yh, I was gonna say the finals are always free

There's a list of the "Ways to watch the UEFA Champions League final and UEFA Europa League final for free" at:
http://www.btplc.com/News/#/pressreleases/bt-sport-makes-the-uefa-champions-league-final-availble-to-all-on-tv-online-and-in-360-degrees-virtual-reality-1970797

Freeview & BT TV\x09
115 – BT Sport Showcase HD
Sky 433 – BT Sport 2 SD
Virgin 100 and 548
BT.com BTsport.com/final
BT Sport App Download from your app store
BT Sport VR App Download from your app store [Champions League Final only]
Youtubeyoutube.com/bts…ort

360 degrees would be ideal for Man City games, so you don't have to watch the pitch.

Can you imagine Sky doing this if they had won the rights?

DonkeyKonk

360 degrees would be ideal for Man City games, so you don't have to watch … 360 degrees would be ideal for Man City games, so you don't have to watch the pitch.



Or you know, you could just not watch them at all.

So bt sport showcase disappeared on Freeview and replaced with the HD version... ON 115.. So even less ppl can see unless they have hd Freeview.. Shame.

neosalad

So bt sport showcase disappeared on Freeview and replaced with the HD … So bt sport showcase disappeared on Freeview and replaced with the HD version... ON 115.. So even less ppl can see unless they have hd Freeview.. Shame.


When did it disappear? Is it not on channel 59 anymore?

No HD or 4K on Sky? my Sky Q box only watches footy in 4K!

damienace

Can you imagine Sky doing this if they had won the rights?



When Sky held the rights (which they did for years) the final also aired on ITV. Ya know... for free.

would be nice to view on PSVR not sure if that is possible though

I would imagine that UEFA's sponsors wanting a maximum audience was a lot to do with this being broadcast for 'free'

Ringo_Bingo

When Sky held the rights (which they did for years) the final also aired … When Sky held the rights (which they did for years) the final also aired on ITV. Ya know... for free.


That's because ITV owned some of the rights aswel.

gorgo2015

When did it disappear? Is it not on channel 59 anymore?


was about a week ago, gone is the Bt sport showcase SD (freeview 59), a now repalced with BT sport showcase HD (freeview ch 115) which is great for those with tvs with inbuilt freeview HD, but those with only FReeview (especially older people) they will be left without it.. and they are also more likely to not have the know how of streaming something live on youtube etc.

i do still get the BT sport showcase on Virgin.. but only in SD.. was hoping they would give us the HD version like freeview got..

Edited by: "neosalad" 17th May

Agent-006

would be nice to view on PSVR not sure if that is possible though


I was thinking the same thing. Maybe on YouTube 360° You can do it through PSVR

Interesting
Thanks

damienace

That's because ITV owned some of the rights aswel.



I think that was the point. BT Sport bought the exclusive rights, so it amounts to the same thing really. They only won the deal on the basis that they would do this. Thus hardly showcasing BT Sport's generosity above Sky's as implied.

thanks OP - i'll check out the 4k

cant find BT Sport VR App in play store

Jesus wept. Is this what qualifies as a hot 'deal' nowadays

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mattharvey22

Jesus wept. Is this what qualifies as a hot 'deal' nowadays



No, but it's a hot freebie.
Edited by: "robertr" 17th May

The Windows 10 BT App is very nice. Simple, quick, and you can resize it to fit where you want.
Despite what some (or I) think of BT, gotta give them props for their Win10 app.

How often is BT Sport offered to Sky customers at a discount?

BT penalise Sky customers if you don't at least have BT Broadband. It currently costs £28 to add BT Sport channel package on Sky's platform!

I'm really hoping United lose the Europa Final as BT will be licking their lips if they have 5 English sides in the Champions League.

Doesn't this defeat the object of having the exclusive Pay TV rights if you show the final for free?

Gollywood

Doesn't this defeat the object of having the exclusive Pay TV rights if … Doesn't this defeat the object of having the exclusive Pay TV rights if you show the final for free?



As has been mentioned, this is kind of an obligation that UEFA forced upon BT. From what i remember, UEFA only allowed exclusive rights to be sold if the winning bidder allowed the finals to be shown on a free-to-air platform.

neosalad

was about a week ago, gone is the Bt sport showcase SD (freeview 59), a … was about a week ago, gone is the Bt sport showcase SD (freeview 59), a now repalced with BT sport showcase HD (freeview ch 115) which is great for those with tvs with inbuilt freeview HD, but those with only FReeview (especially older people) they will be left without it.. and they are also more likely to not have the know how of streaming something live on youtube etc.i do still get the BT sport showcase on Virgin.. but only in SD.. was hoping they would give us the HD version like freeview got..



​Can't see Ch 115 so I suppose a retune is needed.
Buxxer!

voodoo85

As has been mentioned, this is kind of an obligation that UEFA forced … As has been mentioned, this is kind of an obligation that UEFA forced upon BT. From what i remember, UEFA only allowed exclusive rights to be sold if the winning bidder allowed the finals to be shown on a free-to-air platform.



It doesn't seem as the though the footballing bubble is bursting anytime soon - but it has in my household!!!

Increased choice...YES. But it comes at a price. One that I can no longer afford.

4K me, BT being generous?!?

Is the content likely to be geo-locked? I'm travelling in India at the mo, so wonder if it'll work over here.

woldranger

Is the content likely to be geo-locked? I'm travelling in India at the … Is the content likely to be geo-locked? I'm travelling in India at the mo, so wonder if it'll work over here.


Yes it will be.

Stop paying Rio Ferdinand and Chris Sutton so much money.
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