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Hey sports tech fans,
A lot of interesting stories this week in the streaming wars with the UEFA Champions League being the focus this time around.
CBS have won the battle in the US for the rights for 2021 to 2024.
This is a major setback to Turner and their Bleacher Report Live brand as this was one of their jewels in the crown. B/R has been very successful in their satirical cartoon comedy show based on the Champions League which sees the stars of European teams in a reality show where they all live together. It has huge numbers for them and has driven their YouTube channel growth, so losing the rights for the Champions League is a double blow to their content offering in both live and on demand content.
In the UK the reports indicate a huge battle between BT Sport, Sky, ITV (free to air) and possibly seeing DAZN entering the UK market for the first time. BT paid £1.2 billion for the last set of rights. The company may be under pressure this time around as the company is under pressure to roll out its 5G infrastructure in the UK so it remains to be seen if they see £1.2 billion, or more likely more money, being a wise investment at this time.
Results of the bidding process should be known in the coming days but in the UK it is hotting up to being an intense battle from paid TV, free to air and OTT platforms.
See you on Friday.
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