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Orange strikes Telefónica deal for LaLiga, Champions League coverage

Orange will continue to provide LaLiga and Uefa Champions League coverage in Spain after signing a new sublicensing agreement with fellow telco Telefónica.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed but the Palco23 website reported that Orange will pay Telefónica around €300m ($334m) for the rights.

Telefónica holds the majority of live rights to the top two divisions of Spanish football from 2019-20 to 2021-22.

Orange acquired rights to the 2018-19 campaign at a similarly late stage. There had been suggestions that DAZN could make a move for the rights following the launch of the OTT platform in Spain.

Last week, Italian pay-television broadcaster Mediaset secured a licensing deal for non-exclusive coverage of LaLiga, Champions League and Europa League matches for its new Spanish OTT platform, Mitele Plus. The deal was reportedly signed after a breakdown in negotiations between Telefónica and DAZN.

Telefónica holds rights to three of LaLiga’s eight broadcasting packages covering the upcoming rights cycle. Mediapro holds rights to the remaining five slots.

Spain’s competition regulator last week opened an investigation into an alleged regulatory breach at Telefónica during the 2016-17 season. The CNMC said the investigation would last a maximum of three months and while it does not presuppose guilt on Telfónica’s part, it could end in a series of sanctions being handed down.