By Jonathan Easton
Orange has announced a sublicensing agreement with Telefónica for domestic broadcast rights to the 2020/21 La Liga and Uefa Champions League.
An extension of the one year deal that was signed in 2019, Orange will pay Telefónica €300 million for the rights. This expands to subscribers of the Orange-owned Jazztel network.
The deal also covers the rights held by Telefónica for the La Liga Segunda and the UEFA Europa League.
Orange customers are able to subscribe to the operator’s La Liga coverage for €15.95 per month. It includes coverage of all LaLiga matches and up to two two games per day in 4K.
Unlike in the 2019/20 season however, Orange will be the only alternative operator to distribute Telefónica’s football content, with Mediaset España choosing not to renew its deal with the broadcaster. As such, there will be no La Liga or Champions League football viewable on Mediaset’s Mitele Plus streaming service.
This sublicensing deal is in itself an expansion of Telefónica’s deal with rights agency Telefónica, which runs to the end of the 2021/22 season. That deal requires Telefónica to share half of its content with other operators and streaming services. This mandate was implemented after Telefónica merged with Canal+’s spanish business in 2015. https://www.digitaltveurope.com