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Canal+ launch Ligue 1 digital portal

Canal+, the new Ligue 1 rights holder until the end of the season, have launched a new digital portal for its coverage of France's top flight football competition.

Canal+ launch Ligue 1 digital portal

The new deal was reached earlier this month with the Professional Football League (LFP) to take back the rights they had traditionally held before being acquired and soon vacated by Spanish agency, Mediapro.

The pay-TV broadcaster has now moved to design a new digital offering for fans of French football, which has been made available to the network's subscribers via the myCanal application, which will allow them to watch all matches live in a digital setting.

The channel debuted on February 13 as Paris Saint-Germain ran out 2-1 winners over OGC Nice, as Canal+ look to strengthen their position ahead of the next media rights tender, likely to take place in the coming months.

Currently, they are paying €35 million for the extra eight games per week on top of the €330 million for 20 per cent of the rights that it sub-licences to beIN Sports.

Additionally, Canal+ have reached a deal with beIN to show second-tier Ligue 2 games domestically until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Author: Jake Wilkin