German commercial TV channel RTL Nitro will drop the encryption of its HD signal during three qualifier games for the UEFA European Football Championship 2016.

RTL Nitro HD for which viewers normally have to pay a reception fee will be available free-to-air via cable, satellite and IPTV during this period.

The free period will comprise the matches Netherlands vs. Iceland on September 3, 2015 at 20.15 CET, Spain vs. Slovakia on September 5, 2015 at 20.15 CET and the Netherlands vs. Turkey on September 6, 2015 at 17.30 CET.

Markus Kavka (RTL Nitro Stefan Gregorowius)The football programmes will be presented by former MTV host Markus Kavka (pictured) and former German national player Steffen Freund (e.g. Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur).

RTL Nitro acquired a comprehensive rights package from European football association UEFA in May 2015 which contains at least 20 qualifier games for the European Football Championship 2016 in France and for the Football World Championship 2018 in Russia.