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Benfica TV (BTV) is a Portuguese sports-oriented premium cable and satellite television channel operated by sports club S.L. Benfica. Its headquarters are located at the Estádio da Luz, having a second studio at Benfica Campus. Its first broadcast was on 2 October 2008, and regular transmissions began on 10 December. The channel was originally made available for free on all of its cable operators until June 2013.
Unlike other football club TV channels, Benfica TV markets and broadcasts the club’s own home league matches. When BTV became a premium channel in July 2013, Benfica purchased content such as the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A, the French Ligue 1, and Ultimate Fighting Championship events, broadcasting it on a second channel, which ended in June 2016. BTV rights belong to NOS since July 2016 and until end of June 2027.
In Portugal, Benfica TV is available on MEO, NOS, Nowo and Vodafone. Internationally, it is available in Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, England, Canada and the United States. Moreover, it is available via streaming. As Lanças Apontadas, a 55-minute program where host Ricardo Palacin and guests review the week’s main sports events
Aquecimento, a 90-minute show presented by Hélder Conduto discussing upcoming matches
Jogo Limpo, a 50-minute show with Fernando Seara, where he interviews, discusses and debates with guest athletes
Direito Desportivo, a program focused on the technicalities of sports law
Alta Fidelidade, a 30-minute show presented by Carlos Dias da Silva, interviewing a Benfica athlete
Sport Lisboa e Modalidades, a 60-minute program related to the club’s amateur sports, including interviews, fun facts, and analysis of athletesCriticism
In 2020, Benfica TV was criticized by Bernardo Silva, António Bagão Félix, and other Benfica members for not covering the club’s elections that year nor promoting debates between candidates to presidency. Benfica had previously justified the absence of electoral coverage and debates on BTV with the exact same absence regarding the three previous elections at the club, saying their decision was due to an editorial option unanimously approved by the club’s social bodies.