BT Sport confirm Champions League and Europa League finals will be available for free

BT Sport have confirmed that the all-English finals of both the Champions League and the Europa League will be available to everyone in the UK for free on TV, the BT Sport app, or YouTube after reports last week suggested that the broadcaster would again lift the paywall for the set piece events.

Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will meet in Madrid in this year’s Champions League final, while Arsenal and Chelsea will play each other in Baku for the chance to win the Europa League.

The broadcaster claimed that these will be the “best connected finals ever” as they also made the games available in HD High Dynamic Range (HDR) and in VR360 as well as available on Virgin set-top boxes even to non-BT Sport subscribers. BT have also said that they will be making the games available in public screenings in Liverpool and at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

It’s become a tradition for BT to make the Champions League final – the showpiece event in the yearly footballing calendar – available on YouTube to a larger audience, as well as toying with making the event available in VR.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “We want to make BT a company that exceeds our customers’ expectations and does a brilliant job for the country.

“With both European finals being all-British affairs, we’re going to make them easier to watch for everyone in the UK than ever before as well as being the best-connected football viewing experience our customers have ever had.

“BT continues to offer our customers unrivalled choice – with the best content, the smartest devices, and the latest technology – through partnerships with the world’s most innovative companies.

“The launch of HDR maintains BT Sport’s leadership in bringing fans the very best pictures and sound following its debut as Europe’s first 4K broadcaster in 2015 and its worldwide debut of Dolby Atmos sound in 2017.”

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