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Sky Deutschland scores DFB-Pokal extension

The German Football Association (DFB) has confirmed a three-season extension to its rights deal with pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland for the DFB-Pokal club knockout competition.

Under the deal spanning the 2016-17 to 2018-19 seasons, Sky will retain live rights to all 63 games per campaign. Fifty-four of the games will be broadcast exclusively by Sky.

The DFB’s current broadcast agreement for the DFB-Pokal, which runs until the end of the 2015-16 season, allows public-service broadcaster ARD to televise eight matches per season live, with pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland providing the remaining 55 games.

Sky’s new rights contract incorporates pay-television, IPTV, internet and mobile rights. Highlights clips of all games will be provided free of charge to all German football fans via the sky.de/dfbpokal and youtube.com/skysporthd online platforms.

In March, ARD agreed a three-season extension to its rights deal for the DFB-Pokal, also covering the 2016-17 to 2018-19 seasons. Under the new contract, ARD will broadcast nine DFB-Pokal games per season live, including the final in Berlin.

The 2015-16 DFB-Pokal final takes place on May 21 in Berlin, with Bayern Munich taking on Borussia Dortmund.