We have had a fairly set format for Champions League in Ireland over the last number of years.
RTÉ and Virgin Media shared the right, with the national broadcaster showing a live games on Tuesdays and Virgin having one on their terrestrial channel on Wednesdays. However, Virgin would also broadcast all the other fixtures in the competition across their sport channels.
Irish viewers could also access the games via BT Sport.
That is set to change massively for the upcoming season.
The rights package for the next three seasons has now been fully revealed, with a new player entering the Irish market.
The well known app LiveScore has secured rights to broadcast every single Champions League match to Irish viewers over the next three seasons. The games will be available to watch for free via the app.
RTÉ will keep their traditional Tuesday night slot, although the Wednesday night slot for TV has only now been settled.
Virgin Media have announced that they will show one game per week, on a Wednesday evening, until the end of the deal in 2024. They will also continue to broadcast the Europa League in its entirety, as well as the recently debuted Europa Conference League.
Virgin Media Ireland secures rights to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League for the next three years.
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— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) August 3, 2021
Here's what the schedule will look like for Irish viewers this season.
Tuesday nights: RTÉ will maintain their Champions League coverage on Tuesday nights, showing 16 games and the final.
Wednesday nights: Virgin Media Sport will show one game per week on one of their channels.
All matches available: If you're in the Republic of Ireland, you'll be able to watch every Champions League fixture now via LiveScore.
A very different landscape, but one that has the potential to lead to viewers being able to watch more games than ever before.