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It’s not easy to find your way through the sea of offers available for sports broadcasts on television. We have taken a look at the different broadcasters, their prices and the various combinations possible. On your marks…

Sport on TV was pretty straightforward until recently. Most football on Canal+ and TF1, rugby, the Tour de France and the French Open on France Télévisions, and a few sports scattered here and there on cable and satellite. And then, the television offer diversified to stay in the race against the galloping progress of the Internet. New pay-TV channels, DTT, the growing importance of replay and VoD… The game has changed, the price of broadcasting rights has exploded, new offers have proliferated, all to the detriment of viewers (and their wallets) who are faced with a real headache when it comes to watching their favourite sports.

In this article, we’ll untangle these multiple and sometimes unreadable TV broadcast offerings. Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive and will change depending on the allocation of rights or the popularity of certain disciplines. Follow the guide!

Reminder of the basic monthly rates for each pay-TV broadcaster

  • Canal+: €21.99 on its own, €31.99 with Canal+ Sport, €41.99 for the Sport+ pack with BeIN and Eurosport
  • Amazon Prime Video: €5.99 or €49/year + €12.99 per month for the football channel
  • BeIN Sports: €15
  • RMC Sport: €19 (with one-year commitment), €25 without commitment
  • Eurosport: €6.99 (with one-year commitment), €9.99 (without commitment), €69.99 for an annual subscription
  • Dazn: €1.99

Summary

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© Guillaume du Mesgnil d’Engente – Les Numériques


We won’t teach you anything by telling you that football is THE sport that attracts the most attention. Until 2012 and the arrival of BeIN Sports on the French market, football was generally the prerogative of the Canal+ group, which had made the sport one of its main selling points since the creation of the encrypted channel in 1984.

The 2020/2021 season has been particularly eventful for the game. We won’t rehash the film, but between the Téléfoot fiasco, Canal+’s humiliating victory and the final twist, fans have had to hang on to the events, especially during a year when the stadiums remained empty, as Covid was forced to do.

In the end, and to everyone’s surprise, Amazon took over the lot left vacant by Mediapro and will therefore broadcast most of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 this year.This season on its Prime Video platform, via a new channel sold at €12.99 on top of the €5.99 Prime service. The service has also signed an agreement with La Chaîne L’Équipe, which will broadcast the Saturday night Ligue 2 multiplex. Constrained by the agreements previously signed with the League, Canal+, its partner BeIN Sports and even Free, which also owns a package, are protesting more or less strongly against this decision and want to renegotiate their rates. The situation could therefore change again in the coming weeks.

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Below, a small overview of the different broadcasters for each competition, subject to changes in the endless soap opera of French football.

  • Ligue 1: Amazon Prime Video and Canal+ and/or BeIN Sports, Free via the Free Ligue 1 app (quasi-direct)
  • Ligue 2: Amazon Prime Video, La Chaîne L’Équipe and, normally, BeIN Sports
  • French Cup: France Télévisions and Eurosport
  • French national team matches (men and women): TF1 and M6
  • Champions League: Canal+ and BeIN Sports
  • Europa League and Europe Conference: RMC Sport and Canal+
  • World Cup 2022 in Qatar (21 November-18 December 2022): TF1 and BeIN Sports
  • Women’s Euro 2022 (6-31 July): Canal+ and TF1
  • Premier League (England): Canal+ Sport and RMC Sport
  • La Liga (Spain): BeIN Sports
  • Copa del Rey and Spanish Supercup: La Chaîne L’Équipe
  • Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy): under negotiation (probably BeIN Sports)
  • Liga NOS (Portugal): RMC Sport
  • Women’s Ligue 1: Canal+ Sport and Foot+
  • Women’s Champions League: Dazn and YouTube

How much do I pay if I want to see everything: €96.96/month

Where to watch basketball?

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Basketball is in a period of transition. Only the NBA remains the preserve of BeIN Sports. For the rest, it’s more complicated. Last year, the French first division was broadcast by the Chaîne L’Équipe, but for the moment, the 21st channel has yet to decide on a possible renewal. After Jeep, Betclic has become the league’s naming partner, and the online betting site is expected to offer some matches on its streaming app Betclic TV. The Champions League and Euroleague, previously broadcast by Canal+ and RMC Sport, should also find takers.

  • NBA: BeIN Sports
  • Betclic Elite (French league): Betclic TV, other broadcaster to be defined
  • Euroleague: to be defined
  • Champions League : to be defined

How much do I pay if I want to see everything : 15 €/month (for the moment)

Where to watch rugby?

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Like last year, the oval ball is one of the few to show stability on its broadcast rights. The Top 14 restThe European cups will be broadcast by BeIN Sports and France Télévisions, which will also keep the Six Nations Tournament. On the other hand, the English Premiership is orphaned for the moment after the end of its contract with RMC Sport. As for the Pro D2, which is currently held by Canal+, it could be switched to Eurosport in the event of an agreement between the latter and the encrypted channel.

  • Top 14: Canal+ and France Télévisions (final)
  • Pro D2: Canal+ Sport, Rugby+ and C8 (final)
  • European Cup and European Challenge: BeIN Sports and France Télévisions
  • Six Nations Tournament (5 February-19 March 2022): France Télévisions
  • Premiership (England): to be defined

How much do I pay if I want to see everything: €41.99/month

Where to watch tennis?

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2021 saw a small revolution take place in the world of the yellow ball with the ousting of Eurosport from the French Open and the arrival on clay of Amazon and its Prime Video service. The e-commerce giant, which broadcasts the night sessions of the Parisian tournament, received very good reviews for the quality of its service during the event – although the inability to see some important matches on free-to-air TV frustrated many viewers.

For the rest, Eurosport remains the main provider of tennis in France, but will have to fight to keep the Australian Open, which is up for grabs this year. The WTA circuit (women), the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup must also find a new partner. We should know more very soon.

  • US Open, Masters 1000, ATP Tour: Eurosport
  • French Open: Amazon Prime Video, France Télévisions
  • Wimbledon: BeIN Sports
  • Australian Open, WTA Tour, Davis Cup, Fed Cup: to be determined

How much do I pay if I want to see everything: €27.98/month

Where to watch cycling?

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© BartekSzewczyk – iStock


Cycling is one of the few sports that can be watched largely free of charge, thanks in particular to France Télévisions’ comprehensive offering in this area. The public broadcaster mainly covers the French-Belgian competitions, but the other major European races, notably the Spanish Vuelta and the Italian Giro, are in the hands of Eurosport.

  • Tour de France, Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, French Championships, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré…: France Télévisions
  • Vuelta, Giro, Milan-San Remo: Eurosport

Where to watch handball?

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No change to report on the handball side, it’s BeIN Sports qThe main competitions, including the French Premier League and the Women’s World Cup in December, will be broadcast on Eurosport. The Champions League can be found on Eurosport, for both men and women.

  • Lidl Starligue (French top flight): BeIN Sports and LNH.fr
  • Women’s World Championship (2-19 December): BeIN Sports and TF1 (EdF)
  • Men’s and Women’s Champions Leagues: Eurosport

How much do I pay if I want to see everything: €27.98/month

Where to watch the Olympic Games?

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© ferrantraite – iStock


Postponed by a year due to the pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – for that will remain their name – will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021 (August 24 to September 5 for the Paralympics). As for the television rights, you don’t change a winning team (so to speak): France Télévisions and Eurosport are still in charge.

The opening ceremony will be held on Friday 23 July at 1pm (French time). The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 8, also starting at 1pm (French time). In between, you will have to stay up late or get up early to follow the different disciplines. Some will start at midnight (French time), others at 3 a.m., and still others at 8 a.m., for example.

  • All disciplines: France Télévisions and Eurosport
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Where to watch motorsports?

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© Sjoerd van der Wal – iStock


As Canal+ has been gradually robbed of its historical rights, it has had to fall back on other sports, including cars and motorsports in general. The entire Formula 1 can be found on the encrypted channel, as well as MotoGP, Formula E, W2C, Indycar… The encrypted channel has even recovered the French F1 circuits previously held by TF1 – but it will have to broadcast them free-to-air, probably on C8. As for the rest, Eurosport is doing well with great races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, also broadcast on La Chaîne L’Équipe since this year. The Paris-Dakar remains on the public service.

  • Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula E, MotoGP, W2C, IndyCar, Andros Trophy…: Canal+
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans: Eurosport and La Chaîne L’Équipe
  • Dakar: France Télévisions

How much I pay if I want to see everything : 38,98 €/month

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© Dmytro Aksonov – iStock


Not necessarily as watched as the other sports mentioned above, US football must still have a certain number of fans.The NFL, the great American professional league, is shared between two French TV channels. BeIN Sports broadcasts the entire season, while L’Équipe TV is content with one game a week and the famous Superbowl, on February 6 or 13, 2022.

  • NFL: BeIN Sports and L’Équipe TV

Where to watch eSports?

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© EvgeniyShkolenko – iStock


For the past few years, video sports have also been making their way into our TV sets – although the bulk of their viewers are more likely to be found online. In addition to the ES1 channel, which is available via most operators in theme packages, Canal+ and BeIN Sports offer their own programmes that report on the latest news in the field and broadcast extracts from matches on various games. In particular, the Qatari group offers a programme dedicated specifically to eFoot every Tuesday at 8.30pm.

How much do I pay if I want to see everything: €40.99/month

Possible combinations

Broadcasters sometimes agree on joint offers that can be very interesting if you are interested in several disciplines.

Channels included: Canal+, Canal+ Sport, BeIN Sport, Eurosport

  • Price: €41.99/month
  • What you’ll get: football (Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Premier League, Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Copa America, women’s Ligue 1), basketball (NBA, women’s EuroBasket), rugby (Top 14, European Cup), tennis, handball, US football, motor sports, eSport…

Channels included: RMC Sport, BeIN Sports

  • Price: €29/month
  • What you get: football (Ligue 2, Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Copa America), basketball (NBA, Euroleague), rugby (European Cup, European Challenge, Premiership), tennis (Wimbledon, Davis Cup, Fed Cup), handball, American football, eSport…