OTT & Digital

Mediaset Espana secures La Liga and Champions League for OTT service

Spanish broadcaster to carry Telefonica’s soccer channels on new Mitele Plus streaming platform.

by Steven Impey

Mediaset Espana secures La Liga and Champions League for OTT service

Spanish commercial broadcaster Mediaset Espana has secured live soccer coverage for its new over-the-top (OTT) service, Mitele Plus, as part of a carriage deal with Telefonica.

Under the terms of the sublicensing agreement, which runs for the 2019/20 season, the streaming platform will carry the telecommunications company’s Movistar Plus channels that provide live coverage from La Liga and the Segunda Division, Spain’s top two soccer competitions, as well as Uefa Champions League and Europa League fixtures.

The announcement follows news on 12th July that Mediaset Espana, a subsidiary of Italian media company Mediaset, is to launch a new subscription-based streaming platform. Mitele Plus, which includes a mixture of live and on-demand programming, goes live on 22nd July.  

Subscribers can access the service for €35 per month, or at a reduced rate of €30 per month over the first three months of their subscription. The platform will be available via connected devices including mobiles and tablets.

Telefonica’s La Liga rights, which it acquired from Spanish rights agency Mediapro, run for three years until the end of the 2021/22 campaign. The company holds Champions League and Europa League rights until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Mediaset is the first company to agree a sublicensing deal for the forthcoming season with Telefonica, which is contractually obliged in Spain to share 50 per cent of its premium content with rival telcos and OTT services.