For the first time in 14 years, a European Cup season will start with eight German participants. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and RasenBallsport Leipzig represent the German flags in the Champions League. SC Freiburg and Union Berlin play in the Europa League, 1. FC Köln in the Conference League.
In order to be able to watch the three European Cup competitions as a spectator, three subscriptions are required. And it will be even more expensive than in the previous season.
In free TV, the premier class is few and far between. Only the final on June 10, 2023 in Istanbul will be broadcast live on ZDF, and there will be a program with summaries on 14 match days of the group and knockout stages on Wednesdays from 11 p.m. If you want to see all games live, you need two subscriptions.
The majority of the games can be seen on the DAZN streaming service, which is broadcasting the Champions League for the second year in a row. DAZN broadcasts 111 of the 125 games exclusively in conference and individual games. These include the RB Leipzig game against Shakhtar Donetsk (9 p.m.) on Tuesday, as well as Eintracht Frankfurt’s Champions League premiere at Sporting Lisbon (6.45 p.m.) on Wednesday.
If two German participants play at the same time, like Bayern Munich (at Inter Milan) and Bayer Leverkusen (at FC Bruges) on Wednesday from 9 p.m., there will also be a German conference. The final also runs on DAZN.
Amazon Prime has exclusively secured one Tuesday game per game day in the group phase and the knockout round and thus 14 games. The following applies to the group phase: fans of Leipzig and Leverkusen do not need to take out a subscription. Amazon has decided against broadcasting a game from both clubs. At 6.45 p.m. Borussia Dortmund will start against FC Copenhagen.
September 6th, 6:45 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund – FC Copenhagen
September 13, 9 p.m.: FC Bayern – FC Barcelona
October 4th, 9:00 p.m.: Eintracht Frankfurt – Tottenham Hotspur
October 11, 9:00 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund – Sevilla FC
October 25, 9:00 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund – Manchester City
November 1st, 9 p.m.: Bayern Munich – Inter Milan
Fans of SC Freiburg, Union Berlin and 1. FC Köln must take a close look at RTL’s broadcast schedule. The media group continues to hold the exclusive broadcasting rights for the Europa League and the Conference League. One game with German participation is shown on free TV on RTL or RTL Nitro on each match day, the other games are paid for by RTL. SC Freiburg’s game against Qarabag Agdam will start on traditional television on Thursday at 9:00 p.m.
On the other hand, Cologne’s appearances at OGC Nice and Union Berlin against Union St. Giloise are running on RTL. There will also be other selected games from the two competitions, and a conference will also be offered. In total, up to eight games are played on the internet portal per game day. From 11 p.m. there will be summaries on TV.
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. An annual subscription can be taken out with a monthly payment of 24.99 euros.
If you want to see all the Champions League games, you need the Amazon Prime subscription for EUR 8.99, which was also cheaper in the previous season at EUR 7.99.
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.
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.