Orange has reached an important agreement with Telefónica, and after the summer, it will also offer LaLiga and Champions League matches.
How many people have hired Movistar at home to be able to watch soccer? It is possible that in a few months, we will get an idea after the important change that has just been made in the emission rights: Orange has agreed with Telefónica to be able also to broadcast the Spanish LaLiga and the Champions League. Starting in the summer, those who want to enjoy these competitions will be able to take advantage of one of the packages Orange will offer.
So the start of the 2020/21 season will bring a predictable movement in the numbers of subscribers to these platforms. This is an important bet on the part of Orange since soccer has been one of the safe values of Telefónica in the packages that Movistar has offered in recent years to enjoy it or combine it with other film, series or video club services. But you can’t help but think about the context and the risk involved.
This year the football season has suffered a significant break due to the coronavirus crisis. Although most sports competitions have been reactivated, it is true that with less because of the whirlwind in which one lives. Also, it is not known what measures may exist for next year. Will it be played behind closed doors or with less capacity? Will the same number of games continue to be performed? What will happen if there is a new regrowth or quarantine?
There are many questions that are lived in soccer, and the rest of sports, which causes that the investment in these competitions entails higher risk. The exact amount that Orange will pay for offering football next year has not yet transpired, but, according to Cinco Días, it will be similar to that of the previous season. So it will not be influenced by the current crisis. We will see if they get a good reward and what happens with these competitions.