German commercial broadcaster RTL will screen up to 18 live matches of the soccer World Cup 2010 on free-to-air television, following a sub-licensing deal with pay-TV operator Premiere. The move means all of the tournament will be shown free-to-air, with ARD and ZDF screening the remainder.
ARD and ZDF will show 46 matches on free-to-air television, including all games with the German national team, the opening game, both half finals and the final. RTL secured the free-to-air TV rights for nine matches, including a quarterfinal game, with the option for nine further matches. This leads to a scenario as with the 2006 World Cup, during which ARD, ZDF and RTL shared the free-to-air rights while Premiere screened all matches in pay-TV. The subscription broadcaster also wants to transmit all games in high definition.