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StarHub bags rights for Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League

MUMBAI: With the football transfer window in full swing, Singapore pay TV operator StarHub has completed a double swoop for the Uefa Champions League (UCL) and the Uefa Europa League (UEL) on Eurosport and Eurosport 360 for the next three years from the 2015/2016 season.

Matches will be shown in high definition, on Catch Up, as well as on StarHub TV Anywhere, giving Sports Group subscribers the complete UCL and UEL viewing experience anytime, anywhere.

This marks the return of the UCL and UEL to StarHub TV after seven years. UCL and UEL matches will be broadcast ‘live’ on the newly launched Eurosport HD (StarHub TV Channel 212) with simultaneous matches shown on Eurosport 360 which will be offered through.

StarHub CMO Howie Lau said, “We take pride in the breadth of our sports offering and are delighted to offer football fans the prolific strike partnership of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Being sports fans at heart ourselves, our priority is to provide a viewing experience befitting of the two tournaments’ world class stature. Hence, we have done our best to give customers every chance of savouring the top drawer action with high definition coverage, Catch Up and multiscreen options.”

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific acting president, MD Enrique Martinez said, “I am delighted that we have reached an agreement to bring the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League on Eurosport to StarHub customers. In addition to the matches offered through Eurosport and Eurosport 360, customers can also enjoy all the UCL and UEL live matches on StarHub TV Anywhere in true HD. The extension of this content partnership deal underscores Discovery’s commitment to delivering must-have content through its bouquet of 11 channels on StarHub’s platform”.

Widely recognised as Europe’s most prestigious club competition, the UCL will be contested by 32 of the continent’s top teams, which will be drawn into eight groups of four teams. The group winners and runners-up will then move on to the knockout rounds ending with the final in the iconic 79,394 seater Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy.

Previously called the Uefa Cup, the UEL will be contested by 48 teams, which will be drawn into 12 groups of four teams. Eight third-placed teams from the UCL group stage will then join the group winners and runners-up in the knockout rounds, starting with the Round of 32. The 2016 Uefa Europa League final will be played at the 36,000 capacity St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland.

Eurosport viewers will be able to view their favourite content in high definition with the launch of Eurosport HD. The channel number is unchanged at StarHub TV Channel 212. Sports Group subscribers will require an HD set-top box to enjoy the channel. Eurosport HD is also available on StarHub TV Anywhere.