ZDF gets German TV rights to Champions League

ZDF gets German TV rights to Champions League

Published Apr. 5, 2011 6:44 a.m. ET

UEFA is changing its free-to-air broadcast partner for Champions League matches in Germany, awarding 2012-15 rights to public channel ZDF.

UEFA says ZDF will replace the Sat1 channel for showing one live match each week, plus the final, over the three-year contract.

The value of the deal, which includes internet and mobile phone rights, was not disclosed.

Sat1's current three-season Champions League deal expires next year.


UEFA says Sky Germany has extended its existing pay-TV rights through 2015, and also has bought Europa League rights for 2012-15.

UEFA is still seeking a free-to-air partner in Germany for the second-tier Europa League competition.