Football TV rights: on which channel to watch Ligue 1, the Champions League and foreign championships?

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Canal+, beIN Sports, RMC Sport and now Amazon Prime Video Ligue 1. Football channels are multiplying and you now have to take out several subscriptions to not miss any major competitions. Ligue 1, La Liga, Premier League, Bundesliga and Champions League, what are the formulas to take advantage of all the European championships and competitions? We help you see things more clearly.

Gone are the days when all you needed was a subscription to Canal + to see all the major football competitions. The arrival of bein sports on the market marked the beginning of an upheaval which, despite everything, made it possible to maintain a certain balance. Everything now seems more complicated with the constant arrival of new actors, the latest of which is that ofAmazon Prime Video Ligue 1. The TV rights war is more open than ever.



Instability reigns in this market, so much so that we see nothing but fire. The case Mediapro is the most recent example. The failure of the group and its Téléfoot channel is sufficient proof that things are not going in the right direction. Which channels to watch Ligue 1 Ligue 2 Champions League and the foreign championships? Before seeing which offer to choose, let's take stock of who is broadcasting what.

Ligue 1 and Ligue 2: arrival in force of Amazon

MediaPro has thrown in the towel and its TV rights won in 2018 for the 2020 to 2024 seasons have been reallocated to Amazon. The American giant has created a new offer in Spain called Amazon Prime Video Ligue 1. Canal+ refused to participate in the LFP's call for tenders. And for good reason, the encrypted channel wanted a global relaunch of the auction. It still holds lot 3 bought from beIN Sport, which allows it to broadcast 2 matches per week: the 21 p.m. match on Saturdays and those on Sunday at 17 p.m.



As for the Ligue 2, it is still Amazon who took over the rights. It will broadcast 8 out of 10 matches every week. beIN Sports officially owns the rights for two posters per week until 2024.

To summarize :

Amazon Prime Video Ligue 1 Canal + bein sports
Ligue 1 Eight matches per day, including the Sunday evening game.
  • 2 matches per day until 2024 : poster for Saturday 21 p.m. and Sunday 17 p.m.
No
Ligue 2 8 maths a day. No 2 matches per day until 2024

The Champions League and the Europa League back on Canal+ and beIN Sports (2021-2024)

After broadcasting the Champions League exclusively from 2018 to 2022, RMC Sport lost the TV rights to Canal+ and beIN. The encrypted channel won lot 1 which allows it to broadcast the two best posters of each day (one on Tuesday and the other on Wednesday) as well as the final. beIN sport meanwhile inherits the other matches. Finally, TF1 will broadcast the finals in clear.

The two best posters of the Europa League and the new Europa League Conference will be co-broadcast by Canal+ and M6, which will also broadcast the final. Mediarpo owned the rights for the other matches. These have not been reallocated.



Canal + bein sports M6 TF1
Champions League
  • The two best posters per day : one on Tuesday and the other on Wednesday.
  • The final
All other matches No The clear final
Europa League and Europa League Conference (new competition)
  • The two best posters per day
  • The final.
No
  • The two best posters per day
  • The final.
No

Foreign leagues: Premier League, Spanish La Ligua, Serie A, Bundesliga

The Premier League had been broadcast exclusively on RMC Sport since 2016, but Patrick Drahi's group lost it to Canal+. Until the 2021-2022 season, it is therefore the Canal group which has the rights to the English championship which it shares with RMC Sport for co-broadcasting.

beIN Sports on the other hand is the regular broadcaster of the Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A whose interest has gone up a notch since the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. The German Bundesliga can also be followed on beIN Sports. The rights for future seasons were awarded just before the start of the seasons. La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga returning to beIN antennas until 2024.



Canal + bein sports RMC Sport
English Premier League Until the end of the 2021-2022 season No Until the end of the 2021-2022 season
Spanish Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A No Regular broadcaster of the three championships. The group re-enlisted until 2024. No

Which subscription to watch the best of football?

Do you want to take out subscriptions so that you don't miss any important competitions, or do you simply want to sort the offers to keep what seems most important to you. Here are the available options.

Subscriptions to follow Ligue 1 and Ligue 2

Part of Ligue 1 and part of Ligue 2 are owned respectively by Canal+ and beIN Sports until 2024. The other TV rights previously held by Mediapro have been reallocated to Amazon Prime Video Ligue 1.

  • Amazon Prime Video Ligue 1 : €12,99 per month, in addition to the Amazon Prime service (€5,99 per month or €49 per year).
  • beIN Sport with your TV operator (Orange, SFR, Bouygues, Free, Canal) : 15 euros per month without commitment
  • beIN Sports Connect : 15 euros per month, without commitment
  • Canal+ subscription  : from 20,99 euros per month
  • Canal+ package with beIN Sports : 41,99 euros per month for 2 years then 51,99 euros per month. Click here to see all offers to subscribe to Canal+.

To see the Champions League and the Europa League (+ Conference) and the Premier League

The Champions League can be found on Canal+ and beIN Sport until the end of the 2023-2024 season.

  • Canal+ subscription  : from 20,99 euros per month
  • Canal+ package with beIN Sports : 41,99 euros per month for 2 years then 51,99 euros per month.
  • beIN Sport with your TV operator (Orange, SFR, Bouygues, Free, Canal) : 15 euros per month without commitment
  • beIN Sports Connect : 15 euros per month, without obligation.

Subscriptions for La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga

  •  beIN Sports offers through TV operators (Orange, SFR, Bouygues, Free, Canal) : 15 euros per month without commitment
  • beIN Sports Connect (smartphone, tablette, PC) : 15 euros per month, without obligation.

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