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Bt Sports and Sky Sports are to be challenged for their TV football rights, as Facebook will come in to make a play for the broadcast rights, meaning Serie A and La Liga could well be streamed to view on the network this season.
The social media network will stream football live, in what would be revolutionary way of watching TV. This is according to a report from The Times.
I already pay sky and Bt sport to watch Liverpool. Out of principal I won't sign up for a third channel. Frankly these club channels should be free - they make 10's of millions from sky et al. :rage:
- Shootingpar (@Golfbogeypar) August 4, 2018
Sky have lost la liga and haven't had the champions league for a few seasons now. BT have basically lost every sport bar football. Both have raised their prices despite offering a poorer product.
- Michael Lennon (@Nick_Vanhelsing) August 4, 2018
This comes at a time where new channel the Eleven Sports network, which was launched just last year by Leeds United owner and Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani, has emerged.
They managed to secured a deal in May to be able to broadcast La Liga football matches in the UK and Ireland to their viewers, something which they will be able to do for the next three years. This has left Sky Sports red in the face, as they have lost out to one of their biggest assets.
Sky Sports will be hoping to get back in the race and secure their rights once more.
New challenge to Sky/BT dominance - @ElevenSports_UK may stream some La Liga and Serie A matches to British audiences for free on Facebook. Brave new world of football on TV: https://t.co/P43IscqgcT
- Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) August 3, 2018
**Facebook buying expensive TV ad about how it's changed during halftime of The Football because it needs to get back users alert**
- Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) July 3, 2018
The football channel gives us constant access to a number of sports but charges a premium rate.
The Champions League was at one point with ITV, where it was shown for free, but BT Sport took it over and so now football fans have to pay at least two different companies to watch a season's worth of football. This means we have to pay for two subscriptions to enjoy football throughout the season.
We hope we can get back to a simpler time, but that seems doubtful.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section.
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