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Premier League extends Canal+ broadcast deal for three more years

Renewal includes rights to all 380 matches each season in France, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

8 July 2021 Michael Long
  • Vivendi-owned network will reportedly pay less than its current €115m-per-year deal
  • Elsewhere, the Premier League signs three-year extension with Belgium’s Telenet

Vivendi-owned pay-TV broadcaster Canal+ has retained exclusive broadcast rights to English soccer’s Premier League for a further three seasons in France, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The renewal, which runs from 2022 to 2025, includes the rights to all 380 matches each season, with coverage set to be shown across the Canal+ TV channels, the myCANAL app and the Canal+ Premier League digital offering.

While financial terms are not available, Les Echos reports that Canal+ will pay less than the €115 million per year it agreed to pay over the course of its previous three-season deal spanning 2019 to 2022.

“The Premier League is delighted to continue our outstanding partnership with Canal+ in France and to extend our longstanding collaboration in two new markets Czech Republic and Slovakia through the M7 Group,” said Paul Molnar, the league’s chief media officer.

“Canal+ has consistently delivered market-leading sports coverage and Premier League fans can look forward to more matches being made available live in these territories through to the 2024/25 season.”

News of the agreement comes after Canal+ lost out to Amazon Prime Video for the bulk of the rights to French soccer’s Ligue 1 for the next three-year cycle.

Last month, Canal+ threatened to boycott its own agreement with France’s Professional Football League (LFP) due to the fact that Amazon is reported to be paying €275 million (US$333.2 million) a season for its rights package, which averages out at eight games per week.

That annual fee is far less than Canal+ has agreed to pay over the same term, with the broadcaster having previously struck a deal to show two games per week at a cost of €330 million (US$399.8 million) a season.

Elsewhere, the Premier League has also agreed a three-year extension of its rights deal with Belgium’s Telenet, whose Play Sports network will continue to show matches until 2025.

The deal comes with the Premier League currently in the process of agreeing rights deals with broadcasters in markets across Europe.

Earlier this week, the competition announced that Nordic Entertainment Group (Nent Group) had extended and expanded its deal to include the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. That deal, which runs until 2028, also includes Poland, where Canal+ holds exclusive Premier League rights until next year.

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