Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Deutschland Keeps Hold of European Soccer Rights

German pay TV operator to show 146 matches live per season

LONDON — Rupert Murdoch’s German pay TV operator, Sky Deutschland, has extended its deal to broadcast matches from the UEFA Champions League, which comprises the top soccer teams in Europe, until 2018.

Sky Deutschland, which has more than 3.5 million subscribers, will show 146 matches live per season, 128 of them exclusively, from the playoffs to the final. The matches will be available across all platforms.

Sky dominates soccer coverage in Germany as it also holds the rights to Germany’s top two soccer leagues, Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga, the German knockout cup, DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Europa League and the English Premier League live.

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