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Teleclub waives subscription fees for sports package

LAUSANNE,SWITZERLAND - APRIL 29: #25 Stjepan Kukuruzovic (FCV) scores a goal against #1 Goalkeeper Thomas Castella (FCLS) during the Swiss Super League match (Photo by Robert Hradil/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Swiss pay-television broadcaster Teleclub has waived the fee for its sports packages as all of its live sports content is currently postponed due to the Covid-19 virus.

All of Teleclub’s sporting content has been hit by the global outbreak, including its rights to the domestic Swiss Super League, the Uefa Champions League, Europa League, English Premier League, France’s Ligue 1, Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s LaLiga. Live coverage of the Swiss second-tier Challenge League, the Netherlands’ Eredivisie and ice hockey’s NHL has also stopped.

Wolfgang Elsässer, chief executive officer of Cinetrade and Teleclub, said: “We regret that we are currently unable to offer live sports broadcasts, but understand the decisions made by those responsible for the game cancellations.”

“Since the national and international leagues are suspended due to the coronavirus, we decided to waive the fees for the sports package for all sports subscription customers in April. The corresponding amount will be credited to the April monthly invoice.”

The Teleclub sports package is currently priced at CHF29.90 (€27.90/$30.65) per month.

The move from Teleclub is in line with many broadcasters across the world that are temporarily suspending or reducing fee’s to sports packages, including the Nordic Entertainment Group (Nent) in the Nordics, telecoms operator Spark in New Zealand.

UK pay-teleivision broadcaster Sky Sports has announced similar measures, allowing subscribers to pause their subscriptions.