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Portugal’s TVI renews Champions League carriage deal with Eleven Sports

Portuguese commercial broadcaster TVI has extended an agreement with international sports broadcaster Eleven Sports for free-to-air carriage of football’s Uefa Champions League.

The new deal will cover the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons of the club competition.

Under the agreement, TVI will continue to show one game per match week featuring a Portuguese team. TVI will also provide free-to-air coverage of the final in accordance with Portuguese regulations.

Eleven Sports will retain rights to every match on its own platforms. The broadcaster provided coverage of 125 Champions League games in Portugal last season.

As part of the new deal between the two broadcasters, multi-platform content including preview and highlights shows will also be shared. Additionally, TVI will take on the role of media sales house for Eleven Sports channels.

Last August, TVI signed a season-long carriage deal with Eleven covering the 2018-19 Champions League. TVI showed 11 matches last season as part of the deal.

Eleven entered the Portuguese market last May with the acquisition of rights to the Champions League and Spain’s LaLiga for the 2018-19 to 2020-21 seasons.

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