D8, the digital-terrestrial television channel operated by pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus, has acquired rights in France for the next three editions of football’s UEFA Champions League final.
The final of the 2015-16 Champions League will take place on May 28 at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.
D8 acquired the rights in a sublicensing deal with pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports, the rights-holder for the European club tournament in France.
Under French legislation, beIN Sports was obliged to make the final of the Champions League available on free–to–air television (FTA).
D8 agreed to pay €3m ($3.3m) per year for the rights, according to daily newspaper l’Equipe. The final of the tournament has previously been shown on commercial broadcaster TF1.
D8 is a private national French TV channel, owned by Canal+ Group For satellite TV users in Europe broadcaster is available via Astra 19.2°E and HotBird 13°E satellite positions.