English Premier League

Football fans feeling the pain as costs mount, says Virgin Media

Some 77% of English football fans want to see more Premier League football made available on TV, according to research commissioned by Virgin Media. According to the Liberty Global-owned cable operator, two thirds of fans believe that the rising cost of Premier League live TV rights means they will pay too much to watch live […]

Sky in deal with News Corp papers for Premier League clips

Pay TV operator Sky has secured UK rights to show clips from every Premier League game across its digital platforms and has forged an alliance with News Corp’s UK newspapers to make these available across their websites. The three-year agreement starting from the 2016-17 season will see clips from every Premier League match being made […]

Sky defends Premier League spend, European backlash gathers pace

Sky’s group director, corporate affairs, Graham McWilliam, has taken to Twitter to defend Sky’s record expenditure on Premier League rights, following its £5.14 billion (€6.9 billion) deal. “Sky went in hard to get the result. Yes, paid big. That’s what it takes. We can and will absorb it #premierleague,” McWilliam tweeted. McWilliam also used Twitter […]

Discovery could bid for Premier League rights

Discovery Communications will join the auction for lucrative English Premier League rights in the UK, according to Bloomberg. Discovery has majority control of European broadcaster Eurosport having made its move last year, and is prepared to stump up the big money required to secure matches. News wire Bloomberg attributed the news to a pair of […]

Ofcom reportedly set to act on Premier League rights

UK media regulator Ofcom has indicated that it is likely to oblige the English Premier League to make more football available on TV following its investigation into the football body’s rights auction, according to the Telegraph newspaper. According to the Telegraph, citing multiple unnamed sources, Ofcom will not force the League to make matches played […]

Premier League adds Friday nights to upcoming bidding round

The English Premier League opened bidding for TV rights to the three seasons from 2016 by sending out its tender to broadcasters at the end of last week. The new tender adds 14 games per season to the number that can be televised, taking the total to 168 per season.  One package will include up […]

Ofcom to investigate Premier League selling practices

UK media regulator Ofcom has launched an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live TV rights for its matches, following a complaint by Virgin Media. Ofcom cited its power to launch investigations under the Competition Act if it believes there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there is an agreement which has as […]

Credit Suisse: Sky faces earnings risk as football auction looms

The next round of auctions for rights to English Premier League football will be critical to BSkyB’s future and its battle with BT will likely lead to a large inflation in costs, according to an investment note from Credit Suisse. Maintaining its ‘underperform’ rating on Sky, despite what it admitted were results that exceeded expectations, […]

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