Your TV Guide to the Champions’ League

The UEFA Champions’ League returns to screens tonight but you may need a crash course in your remote control to ensure you are up to speed on how to watch.

The start of the competition’s group stage marks the launch of Virgin Sport’s Pay TV offering but they will only really come into their own tomorrow night.

On Tuesday’s RTÉ have the number one pick of games and will be showing Liverpool against Paris St Germain tonight with a new later kick-off time of 8 pm. The programme will be hosted by Darragh Moloney and gets underway on RTÉ 2 at 7 PM.

There is a double helping of free to air action on Tuesday nights each week and the action gets underway on Virgin media One, the former TV3 with Tottenham Hotspur away to Inter Milan.

That programme will start at 5.45 PM and will be hosted by Tommy Martin with Graeme Souness and Mick McCarthy in the analyst’s chairs.

So far, so good but now is where it gets a little complicated.

There are six more games tonight. Barcelona take on PSV Eindhoven in that new 5.55 PM slot and Napoli and Atletico Madrid also feature in 8 PM kickoffs. All three of those games can be watched live on BT Sport as part of the eir Sports Pack, or on Virgin Sport as part of the new offering.

eir Sport and Virgin Sport are both ‘free to view’ if you are a broadband customer of the your chosen service but can also be paid for outside of that at prices ranging from €20 to €30 per month.

On Wednesday there is no longer a traditional free to view option.

Man City and Man United are both in action but neither will be available on RTE 2 or Virgin Media One.

Both of their games will be broadcast on the pay options so while you will never need to miss a minute of the action you will be paying more for the privilege.

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