13 Facts About Benfica TV


Benfica TV is a Portuguese sports-oriented premium cable and satellite television channel operated by sports club S L Benfica.

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When BTV became a premium channel in July 2013, Benfica TV purchased content such as the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A, the French Ligue 1, and Ultimate Fighting Championship events, broadcasting it on a second channel, which ended in June 2016.

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Two days after the first broadcast, Benfica TV announced that it would start transmitting all of their amateur sports home games, because TV rights were free and no exclusivity deal existed.

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In July 2011 Benfica TV began broadcasting more than just their own games with the purchase of 180 games from various teams, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

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On 1 July 2013 Benfica TV became a premium channel, available in standard-definition and high-definition.

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Just days later, Benfica TV announced a deal with Cabovisao for the broadcast of the premium channel, and added Farense home games to their content.

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In January 2014, Benfica TV added LiveMatch, an internet pay-per-view option, that allowed residential customers to watch a live stream of home games.

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In July 2015 Benfica TV added two more major leagues to its programming, Serie A and Ligue 1, signing a three-year deal that would last until 2018.

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Soares de Oliveira agreed that "we need a centralized TV deal", while Vieira said that he did not oppose and assured that Benfica TV would continue, if not Benfica home games, then their other relevant content.

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On 2 December 2015, Benfica TV sold its first-team TV rights as well as the distribution and broadcasting rights to NOS in a three-year deal, receiving €40 million per season, with the option to extend the contract to a maximum of ten seasons, totalling €400 million.

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Benfica TV covers Benfica's daily activity with four regular news reports at 10:00,14:00,21:00 and 24:00 WET.

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In 2020, Benfica TV was criticized by Bernardo Silva, Antonio Bagao Felix, and other Benfica members for not covering the club's elections that year nor promoting debates between candidates to presidency.

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Benfica TV had previously justified the absence of electoral coverage and debates on BTV with the exact same absence regarding the three previous elections at the club, saying their decision was due to an editorial option unanimously approved by the club's social bodies.

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