UEFA TV is confirmed
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin confirmed on Thursday that UEFA TV is coming soon.
After Ceferin was today re-elected to be the head of UEFA for the next four years, he revealed the organisation’s plans to roll out its own over the top live streaming service.
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The key feature of the over the top service is that users will be able to live stream online.
No extra cables or boxes will be needed.
When will UEFA TV be live?
Without specifying an exact launch date, Ceferin confirmed that UEFA TV will be live in the next half a year:
“UEFA will be launching its OTT (over the top) platform in the next six months.
We are fully aware that a revolution is underway and are in the process of agreeing on historic partnerships with the world’s leading companies in this field.”
Will you be able to watch UEFA TV?
The Independent have reported that UEFA TV will not be available to everyone.
Indeed, access to the service will depend on geo-locations. Readers are told:
“The Independent understands that the OTT platform will only be available outside Europe and North America after its launch.”
Will the Champions League be on UEFA TV?
It’s still unclear whether the Champions League will be available for live streaming on UEFA TV. Of course, the Champions League is the prized asset in UEFA’s locker.
The Independent claim that it’s highly unlikely that live Champions League matches will be broadcasted at the start of UEFA TV.
That’s because of restrictions in UEFA’s existing broadcasting rights deals for their lucrative football content.
However one has to assume that UEFA has underlying intentions of broadcasting the Champions League content on their new service eventually.
What content will be on UEFA TV?
Again we return to the Independent, who report:
“UEFA will target some of its higher-growth territories in the early days of UEFA TV and will likely only have minor European competitions available.”
No further details were provided, however, this would seem to suggest that Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 content won’t be on the platform from the get-go.
Will UEFA TV cost?
No details of UEFA TV’s pricing plans were outlined today.
Fans will have to pay attention to future updates.
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