You have to imagine Mario Gomez as a very unhappy consumer. "I can not remember what to order to watch a match," said VfB Stuttgart at the weekend. "I think it's very unfortunate for the fans that there is not one package that you can order and then watch all the Bundesliga matches, all Champions League matches, it's a trend I do not like at all", Gomez said after his first two goals this season. He himself has no subscriptions.
Football fans will have access to Sky and DAZN this season to watch all their European club games live on TV.
Football fans have to change this season, especially if they want to see the Champions League. The ZDF does not broadcast games anymore. For the first time since its introduction in 1992, the competition will no longer be on the free TV. Due to the new media contract of the European football association Uefa, the games are only available with SkyTV, pay-TV and DUNN on a cost basis. There are also two providers in the Europa League.
How is the Champions League divided?
The games are divided between the two Sky and DAZN providers after a complicated key. Above all, the pay-TV channel focuses on the attractiveness of its conferences, which are popular with customers. 40 will be the coming season. Sky, on the other hand, reduces its range of live games to – normally – 34 of the total of 138 games per season. It is "more single games with German participation" than with DAZN, promises Sky, which showed all individual matches live in the preseason. The DAZN streaming service shows approximately 110 games per series.
Who will show the German games in the group stage?
Both providers will each have twelve singles games with German participation in the six match days. At Sky you can see five matches from German champions FC Bayern Munich and four from Borussia Dortmund. DAZN, among other competitions, four is being handed out by vice-champion FC Schalke 04 and five by TSG Hoffenheim. Sky sends excerpts from all games within the conference.
How does the division work?
Sky has signed the contract with Uefa. DAZN has acquired a so-called sub-license. How confusing the contract of the two payment providers is, is already apparent from the twelve match days of the group phase: Nine times Sky could choose a meeting and show this exclusively. DAZN had this privilege three times.
What will change for Sky customers?
Although the conference is considered popular, the new TV contract with UEFA is likely to be a nuisance for many Sky subscribers. Because considerably more live games show the streaming service DAZN. Some live games from German teams are no longer available. If Mario Gomez wants to be sure that he can follow all Champions League matches, he needs both a Sky subscription and a DAZN subscription.
Which changes for everyone?
The Champions League now has two different start times: 18.55 and 21.00.
Which option is there for non-customers?
Despite the new TV contract, all Bundesliga matches can be seen in sports bars with Sky subscriptions. Sky and DAZN agreed on a corresponding collaboration. Firstly, this rule applies to the so-called sky sports bars with satellite reception. The same offer was planned for cable customers, he said.
Where are the Europa League broadcasts?
From the small European Cup, there are photos in free-to-air television. RTL has acquired a rights package and shows a match every game – first via Nitro. This Thursday the station broadcasts the match between Leipzig and Salzburg. The DAZN streaming service will broadcast all 205 Europa League games to its subscribers.