Football fans have to spend even more money in the new Champions League season than in the previous season. In order to have free choice in the three European competitions that start with the group stage this week, even three subscriptions are necessary.
Two subscriptions are required for the premier class. DAZN and Amazon are showing the Champions League for the second year. Amazon customers can watch the top game on Tuesday via the Prime Video offer. The match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen (6.45 p.m.) will kick off.
DAZN shows all other games. The fee-based Internet provider has purchased a package with a total of 121 live games and shows conferences. At the start of the group phase there is the game between RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk (9 p.m.). On Wednesday, DAZN will show three German games: the Champions League premiere of Eintracht Frankfurt at Sporting Lisbon (6:45 p.m.) as well as FC Bruges against Bayer Leverkusen and Inter Milan against Bayern Munich (both 9 p.m.).
DAZN has increased the price again for the new season. The streaming service costs EUR 29.99 per month, which is about twice as expensive as last season. If you want to see all the Champions League games, you need the Amazon Prime subscription for 8.99 euros, which was also cheaper in the previous season at 7.99 euros.
The range of moving images of the most important club competition on free-to-air television is still scarce. ZDF is allowed to broadcast the final live and also shows highlights. On a total of 14 match days, the second offers summaries on Wednesdays from 11 p.m.
Fans must find out beforehand which pub is broadcasting which games. Sky does not own any rights, but after an agreement with Amazon offers Prime Video's live games in the sports bars with contracts. Pubs that also want to show their customers the other games need an additional contract with DAZN.
Fans of FC Freiburg, 1. FC Union Berlin and 1. FC Köln do not need Amazon or DAZN. The television home of the Europa League and the Conference League is the RTL Group. The games of the two competitions are shown on RTL, on the niche channel Nitro and on the in-house streaming service RTL.
To start with, RTL will show SC Freiburg's game against Karabakh Agdam on traditional television from 9 p.m. From 11 p.m. there will be summaries of the other games. On the Internet portal RTL, on the other hand, the Cologne conference game at OGC Nice and Union Berlin against Union St. Giloise runs against payment.
RTL has also become more expensive. A subscription to the streaming service for ten months (Season Pass) costs EUR 49.90 after EUR 34.99 in the previous season. There is still an offer for 29.90 euros that is valid until September 15th.