German football club FC Bayern Munich have created their own linear TV channel in collaboration with their sponsor Deutsche Telekom.
The FC Bayern.tv platform is set to launch on 27 February and will offer fans an array of club news and content in HD 24 hours per day.
The pay-TV channel will cost €5.95 per month and will run across Telekom’s IPTV platform Entertain TV as well as the club's website and official app.
“With FC Bayern.tv live, we are the first German club with its own linear TV channel,” said FC Bayern Munich chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We are proud to be able to launch this channel in collaboration with our main sponsor Telekom. It’s a new way of reaching our many fans.”
The club's director of media and communication, Stefan Mennerich, added: "FC Bayern.tv live is another, crucial element in our media mix. We'll offer Bayern fans background reports, talkshow formats, exclusive interviews and most notably live content. Carlo Ancelotti's team will be at the centre of attention, but we'll also report on the FC Bayern basketballers, our footballing women, the Bayern reserves, the youth teams and other sections."
To promote the launch the channel will be freely available to anyone for the first week and Telekom customers with a post-paid contract and internet flat-rate will be given a free 12 month subscription to the new channel.