Virgin Media has sealed the rights to select UEFA Champions League fixtures, along with all UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League games, until the end of the 2023/24 season in the Republic of Ireland.
Under the terms of the three-year broadcasting arrangement, the telecommunications company will air one Champions League match per game day.
The announcement follows on from real-time updates provider LiveScore’s ‘landmark’ deal to stream 137 Champions League matches free-to-air in Ireland on its app for iOS and Android – a package which was previously held by Virgin Media.
As part of the agreement, users will be able to watch the matches on their mobile or tablet devices, with the further option to ‘cast’ the action to their TV screens.
Coverage of the UEFA club competition will be shared between four different broadcasters in Ireland, including Virgin Media and LiveScore.
Meanwhile, national broadcaster RTÉ will screen one match on Tuesdays, along with the final, and BT Sport will broadcast matches to Irisub subscribers.
Ireland is well represented among the UEFA club competition qualifiers, with Bohemians, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers all involved in the European governing body’s tournaments.