Singtel came through at the eleventh hour to announce on their Facebook page that they were broadcasting five of the eight UEFA Champions League matches last night – Intermilan vs Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona vs PSV Eidenhoven, Liverpool vs PSG, Monaco V Atletico Madrid, and Club Brugge vs Borussia Dortmund.
It was a momentary sigh of relief for Singtel TV subscribers who are die hard football fans. But the anxiety is not over just yet. Though they managed to secure the broadcasting rights for those five matches, Singtel is yet to announce definitively that they will be broadcasting the rest of the season as well.
Queries on their Facebook have gone largely unanswered with Singtel only asking people to ‘stay tuned for updates’. Singtel apparently is still in discussions to secure broadcasting rights from the UEFA Champions League and Europa League licensee.
A football fan speaking to TODAY said that he renewed his subscription to Singtel TV because of the promised showcase of the EPL, Champion League and other European league matches. Surely, he isn’t the only one feeling the disappointment and anxiety of Singtel not being able to secure those broadcasting rights.
The next set of matches will take place early tomorrow morning and fans are keeping their fingers crossed that Singtel will be able to pull another trick out of the bag. Tomorrow’s matches are big ones including Real Madrid vs Roma, Valencia vs Juventus and Man United vs Young Boys.
The broadcasting rights for the next three seasons of the UCL and UEFA Europa League were secured by live sport streaming service DAZN who have the rights for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.