Ligue 1 Conforama will now become accessible to over a billion people in China.
The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) and beIN SPORTS, in charge of the Ligue's exclusive international audiovisual rights, are very happy to announce a major agreement for the broadcast of Ligue 1 Conforama in China with the audiovisual group of public television network CCTV.
Thanks to this four-year deal (2017-18 to 2020-21), Ligue 1 Conforama will be broadcast on CCTV5, the national CCTV network's dedicated sports channel, and be available to over a billion people in China.
As of season 2018-19, two matches from each round will be shown live on the network's sporting channels: CCTV5, CCTV5+, Feng Yun HD, CCTV5 app and CNTV. Magazine programmes the Ligue 1 Show and Ligue 1 Highlights, produced by beIN SPORTS, will also broadcast, in their entirety. Finally, Ligue 1 Conforama highlights will be shown on Total Soccer and Champion's Euro, CCTV5's flagship football shows.
Under the aegis of this agreement, numerous Ligue 1 Conforama matches will be shown each from now until the end of the season.
In addition, the 2018 Trophée des Champions will be shown live on CCTV5.
Yousef Al-Obaidly, President, beIN SPORTS France, and Deputy CEO, beIN MEDIA GROUP
"Partners of the LFP since 2012, and broadcasters of Ligue 1 Conforama in numerous countries around the world, beIN SPORTS are also in charge of the league's international broadcast rights. To that end, our objective is to highlight Ligue 1 Conforama's quality while taking the prestigious league to as many people as possible through key agreements and partnerships. Also, we're thrilled to begin this relationship with China's biggest audiovisual group, CCTV, who will give over a billion viewers the chance to enjoy the French league in China."
Didier Quillot, Chief Executive, LFP
"We're very happy to be able to work with the biggest audiovisual group in China. Thanks to this agreement, Ligue 1 Conforama will enjoy maximal exposure in China. A year after the opening of our office in Beijing, this major step forward demonstrates our league's growing international appeal."
Fang Gang, Director of Sports, CCTV
"In this World Cup year, Ligue 1 Conforama's being broadcast on CCTV Sports takes on a special significance. Measures recently taken by the LFP have really made Ligue 1 Conforama a more competitive and attractive league. France's national team will be among the favourites to win the FIFA World Cup in Russia. We're delighted to kick off this partnership with the LFP and looking forward to broadcasting even more high-quality matches to a large Chinese audience."