The 2018 Champions League final will be available to watch online in the UK for free on YouTube.
The tournament final, which will see Liverpool take on Real Madrid on Saturday 26th May, marks The Reds’ bid for a sixth European crown against a tough opponent, who are seeking a third successive win. As the game kicks off in Kiev at 7.45pm (UK time), BT Sport holds the exclusive rights for fans hoping to watch in the UK. As with previous years, though, BT will also be streaming the match free of charge on YouTube in 4K UHD.
The decision marks BT’s ongoing commitment to making both UEFA finals as widely available as possible, with the UEFA Europa League final between Marseille and Atletico Madrid – which the Spaniards won 3-0 – also shown for free across all BT TV’s online platforms.
The move also continues BT’s push to grow its viewing figures for its sport coverage, as the telecommunications has fought to keep the television rights to both European tournaments away from pay TV rival Sky.
“To have Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final is fantastic,” said Pete Oliver, BT Consumer’s marketing and sales managing director, in a statement. “We have always said that we want to make top quality sport available to more people and so once again we will be making the UEFA Champions League final and the UEFA Europa League final available to all to watch online for free. This season we have shown some absolutely amazing games and have had some of our biggest audiences to date with viewing figures up by 47%.”
As part of its promotional push, BT Sport is offering three months free to new BT Sport subscribers signing up this weekend. Those without BT, though, do not need to sign up to the pay-TV service to see Liverpool vs Real Madrid, with the game available to stream on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app, as well as on YouTube via the BT Sport channel.
Subscribers can stream the match on the BT Sport app, or on BT Sport 2 (409 – BT, 532 – Virgin, 409 – TalkTalk TV), BT Sport 2 HD (431 – BT, 414 – Sky, 528 – Virgin Media), or BT Sport 4K UHD (433 – BT).
Click here to watch the final live on YouTube.