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[Archive 2017] BT: How to watch the Champions League final on Freeview and elsewhere

BT has confirmed how fans will be able to watch the finals of the UEFA Champions League for free.

Free access to the finals will be available to Freeview HD viewers via BT Sport Showcase HD (subject to local coverage), through BT TV, Virgin Media and Sky from 6pm on 3rd June. Details and channel numbers are listed below.

Beyond traditional platforms, the game will be live on BT Sport’s YouTube channel at; and the BT Sport App. BT will deploy the latest technology to bring coverage, including 4K UHD coverage on YouTube and 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos Sound on BT TV. For the first time ever the UEFA Champions League final will also be available through a number of 360°streams on YouTube and the new BT Sport Virtual Reality App, allowing viewers to choose between a 360°produced programme with commentary and graphics, or select their own camera viewpoint.

Saturday 3rd June 2017, from 6pm, live from Cardiff. Kick off 7:45pm.
updated 03/06/2017 with YouTube stream links

Watch for free:
Freeview & YouView
channel 115 - BT Sport Showcase HD
Not available on older Freeview devices. Subject to coverage*
channel 414 or 433 - BT Sport 2 SD
(The channel number depends on whether the HD/SD swap has been applied to your receiver.  HD coverage is for BT Sport subscribers only, providing they have subscribed to the HD pack.)
channel 548
BT Sport App
Download from your app store
BT Sport VR App
Download from your app store
Live streams at:
UK only.

Normal resolution

4K UHD access requires a superfast broadband connection.

VR headset required

* BT Sport Showcase HD's signal is now only available to around 75% of UK households. Viewers are required to have a Freeview HD compatible device. The previous service on Freeview channel 59 has been turned off. More on this recent technical change to the BT Showcase service is available here... Freesat viewers with the newest connected receivers can access coverage via the in-built YouTube app.

Gary Lineker will be presenting BT Sport’s coverage live from Cardiff and will be joined by UEFA Champions League winners Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Steve McManaman and Owen Hargreaves, who will provide their expert analysis with Darren Fletcher as the commentator.

BT Sport will remain the exclusive UK home of all live UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football until at least 2020/21, and that will see exclusivity across all live games, including from 2018/19 for the first time highlights and in-match clips of both competitions. From the 2018/19 season BT Sport will enhance its social media coverage to reach new audiences, by making clips, weekly highlights, UEFA’s magazine show, and both finals available for free on social media.

Despite recent technical changes which has reduced the number of households with Freeview able to watch BT's free-to-air service BT Showcase, John Petter, CEO BT Consumer, said:
“Making the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League available for free to everyone in the UK shows that BT really is serious about making sport much 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.”

BT Sport subscribers can see the action in the following ways:
BT Mobile
BT Sport app if subscribed to the BT Sport pack
Plusnet TV
channel 409 - BT Sport 2 SD
channel 431 - BT Sport 2 HD
channel 433 - BT Sport 4K UHD
TalkTalk TV
channel 409 - BT Sport 2 SD
channel 414 or 433 - BT Sport 2
(HD on channel 414 for BT Sport HD subscribers only.)
Virgin Media 
channel 532 - BT Sport 2
channel 528 - BT Sport 2 HD