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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of German first division side Borussia Dortmund takes a shot in a Bundesliga match. The pay-TV operator Sky has lost the rights to broadcast all the Bundesliga games / Photo: BDT

German Bundesliga no longer completely available on Sky

Football fans will need to subscribe to Sky, Eurosport and DAZ if they want to continue to watch all German football leagues’ matches in the new season. Sky’s customers are particularly affected.

The broadcasting rights for the matches of the 1st and 2nd divisions of the German football league, the Bundesliga, were awarded a good one year ago. With the start of the new season in August, a new regulation will come into force. The pay-TV operator Sky has lost the rights to broadcast all the Bundesliga games. Eurosport has instead secured the pay-TV rights for the matches on Friday evening, as well as the (few) encounters on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening.

Under the new broadcasting rights, payment plans Eurosport 2 and Eurosport 360 can also be received via Sky, so that there was hope that there would not be many changes for football-loving Sky customers. But this will probably not be the case. Already a few weeks ago, there were indications that games broadcasted by Eurosport might only be watched on the Internet.

According to the online magazine Mobilefunk-Talk, Sky has now adjusted the information on its transmission of the Bundesliga matches on its website. Thus, the provider advertises 572 live matches instead of the previous 612 games. Concretely, Sky customers will see 266 encounters of the first division league and Sky will continue to broadcast all 306 games of the second division. Here, the station gets even more exclusivity than before because the parallel transmission of Monday’s game with Sport1 in free TV no longer applies.

The UEFA Champions League will only be seen on pay TV. It will be the first time the tournament will not be available on public broadcaster ZDF / Photo: Sky


Eurosport will show the Bundesliga via the Eurosport Player. This is available on the web and via app. In this way, the offer will continue to be received on most Smart TV sets. Currently the annual subscription fee for Eurosport is being offered for 39.99 euros. As an alternative, a monthly subscription is also available via the provider’s website, which costs 4.99 euros per month, but also requires a minimum one-year contract.

As has been reported, the UEFA Champions League will only be seen on pay TV. It will be the first time the tournament will not be available on public broadcaster ZDF. Here, however, the innovation comes into force only in the 2018-19 season. The online magazine All but Sport reports how the division of the games between Sky and the Internet streaming platform DAZN will look like. Sky therefore will show all conference matches and 34 individual games. DAZ has 104 games, but it does not offer any Conferences.

However, in the Conferences, Sky cannot show more than 30 minutes of any team’s match. This should mean the “out” for the German Conference, in which only the games with German participation are included. At least one third of the encounters must involve the pay-TV sender. In the individual games, Sky always has the right of first selection for the games that it would like to broadcast in the group phase on Wednesdays. On Tuesdays DAZN will choose the three games.

According to the report, DAZN will be showing the first-leg matches exclusively in the eighth and quarter-finals. There are only the conference matches on Sky. Of the return matches, Sky can broadcast four games individually as well as all encounters in the conference; you can see the remaining individual sessions on DAZN. The semi-finals and the final will be available on both platforms.

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