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BT to show Champions League final for free on YouTube and in VR

Wednesday, May 17th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

BT will show the finals of the Champions League and Europa League live on YouTube for the second year in a row.

The matches will also be available to watch for free on the BT website, on BT Sport channels and through the BT Sport app.

The Champions League final will be shown in ultra HD, or 4K, on YouTube and in ultra HD with Dolby Atmos sound on BT TV.

The clash between Real Madrid and Juventus will also be available through a number of 360 degree streams on YouTube and the new BT Sport Virtual Reality App.

Viewers with VR headsets will be able to choose between a 360 degree produced programme with commentary and graphics, or select their own viewpoint.

The Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax takes place in Stockholm next Wednesday (24 May) with a place in next season’s Champions League up for grabs as well as the trophy.

The Champions League final takes place on 3 June in Cardiff.

John Petter, chief executive of BT’s consumer division, said BT is serious about making sport more accessible to the public.

“These are two of the biggest club football tournaments in the world and showing them live on social media and on mobile devices makes it more readily available to a younger audience as well as available to traditional TV viewers.

'We can't wait'

“We believe that VR can offer our viewers an immersive second screen view which will enhance our coverage.

“We’re excited to be broadcasting what we believe to be the biggest multi-camera live 360 degree sporting event ever for the first time to our customers.”

YouTube’s senior director in EMEA, Stephen Nuttall, said: “Our users love football, so we're seriously excited to bring BT Sport’s ground-breaking coverage of these two massive games live on YouTube, for a second year running.

“Fans today expect quality content on every screen and this partnership delivers just that.

“People can enjoy it wherever they are, on any screen and experience new ways of watching the beautiful game. Super high resolution, 360 degree VR – we can’t wait.”

From 1 August BT Sport, which is currently free for BT TV customers, will cost £3.50 a month unless you’re on the Total Entertainment or Entertainment Max packages.

BT broadband customers who watch via the BT Sport app will still pay £5 a month.

The price for BT broadband customers who watch BT Sport through Sky TV went up to £7.50 last month.

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