With Polsat having snapped up the rights to Euro 2016 and put half the matches on pay-per-view, many football fans in Poland have chosen to watch free Euro 2016 transmissions on German and Czech channels amongst others. However this option might not be available for long according to reports in the Polish media.
Jaroslaw Mojsiejuk, a representative from Sygnal, an organisation that looks after the intellectual property rights of broadcasters, distributors and licensors, spoke out yesterday against the free transmissions and sparked speculation that foreign channels could have their signals blocked during their Euro 2016 broadcasts. This would be done on the basis that the likes of ARD and ZDF, who show Euro 2016 games in Germany, do not have the rights to show the matches in Poland.
Nevertheless, Agnieszka Popławska, a lawyer working with the Polish Consumer Federation, claims that consumers paying for the likes of Polsat and Cyfra+ (both of which have German TV stations in their packages) could claim compensation if the TV companies switch the signals off.
As of last night, football fans could still watch Euro 2016 on ZDF, ARD and Czech national tv without problems, but whether that remains to be the case in the coming days is not clear.