El Clasico giants' matches will not be shown on free-to-air TV in Spain next season as financial implications continue to dominate scheduling of La Liga fixtures
After the start of the new La Liga season was left in jeopardy following an uprising from several clubs, Spain's broadcasting companies have come to agreement in the hope of working together in the future.
Mediapro and Prisa TV have agreed that no fixtures featuring Real Madrid or Barcelona will be aired on free view channels, even if one of the two teams is eliminated from Europe in the early stages, an eventuality that usually allows for greater flexibility.
The director of Canal+, the company who has exclusive rights to all pay-per-view Liga BBVA matches, Carlos Martinez, told reporters at a press conference: "Free view TV was the first choice, but they lost out because the operators believed that the valuation was an exorbitant amount."
Prisa TV's Canal+ will show 28 matches involving one of Madrid or Barcelona, whilst Mediapro's pay-per-view channel will air one of the two teams each weekend and also broadcast one of the famous Clasico clashes.