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BT Sport and News UK pick up Champions League, Europa League clip rights

UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport, a division of telecommunications company BT, and newspaper group News UK have acquired “co-exclusive” rights for on-demand online and mobile clips covering the Uefa Champions League and Europa League club football competitions.

BT did not state the length of its deal, to start with the 2015-16 season, but News UK said that its agreement would run for three years, from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

The deals cover all matches in both competitions.

News UK, which already makes clips from the top-tier English Premier League available to readers who subscribe to selected digital packages of its publications, said that the clips from the European tournaments would be available to readers of The Times, Sun and Sunday Times newspapers. News UK said that its deal covered the UK and Ireland.

BT Sport’s clips will be available via the BT Sport mobile application and the BTSport.com website.

Earlier this month BT Sport acquired exclusive broadcast rights in the UK to the Champions League and Europa League for three seasons, from 2015-16 to 2017-18, in a deal worth about £299m (€352.4m/$478.9m) per season.