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May 25 2017, 08:48 | Van Peters
Real Madrid's attempt to defend the Champions League will be shown for free on YouTube
The Champions League final pits two heavyweights of the game in Europe against one another as Zinedine Zidane vies to become the first manager to retain the trophy in its current format in just his second season at the helm of the Bernabeu club.
Once again, BT Sport will offer the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finals free-to-air online via the BTSport.com video player-also available on the BT Sport app-and on YouTube and the BT Sport Showcase HD TV channel.
BT Sport will remain the exclusive United Kingdom home of all live UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football until at least 2020/21, and that will see exclusivity across all live games, including from 2018/19 for the first time highlights and in-match clips of both competitions. To spice things up, this year's Champions League broadcast will also be available on VR devices.
The finals will kick off this year on 24 May with Manchester United hoping to find some solace after a hugely disappointing league season by beating an exciting Ajax in the Europa League final, while two weeks later Cardiff's National Stadium of Wales will host the clash between heavyweights Real Madrid and Juventus.
Thousands of fans would have been planning to stream the games illegally but BT Sport claim they are committed to making live sport "more accessible". He said: "We believe that VR can offer our viewers an immersive second screen view which will enhance our coverage".
The Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid on June 3 in Cardiff will also be broadcast in 360° virtual reality, which BT says gives spectators the option to watch the game from whichever angle they choose.
The Dragon Hotel in The Kingsway, Swansea, has 96 of its 106 rooms booked by the Football Association of Wales, and general manager Chris Honey-Jones said: "It is the first time we have had such a big event so close to us". The games will also be shown on BT's official website, app and Freeview TV. People can enjoy it wherever they are, on any screen and experience new ways of watching the attractive game.