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  1. Yesterday’s game between Arsenal and Manchester United, shown on Sky, peaked at 3.6m (not including viewers in pubs). The earlier game between Manchester City and Tottenham was watched by just under 3m. The two games were among the most anticipated in the 20 year history of the league.

    According to the Premier League, the previous record was 3.2m for last season’s game between Spurs and Manchester United. The highest recorded audience for a Premier League Match of the Day package was 5.49m in February last year, when viewers were drawn in by a record 41 goal haul that included Newcastle United’s 4-4 draw with Arsenal.

    The game at the Etihad on Saturday 4 February will be the first Premier League game to be made available for viewing in homes with the basic Freeview package. But there is no guarantee of a bumper audience – many Freeview viewers have deliberately resisted the charms of the Premier League, which has been a key part of the BSkyB programming package.

    The first live Premier League game was Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in August 1992. ESPN is broadcasting unencrypted for the whole of the first weekend in February, from Friday to Monday.

  2. ESPN FREE WEEKEND: HIGHLIGHTS

    Friday 3rd February

    Bundesliga – FC Nuremburg vs Borussia Dortmund – 7:30pm

    NBA – New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics – 1:00am

    Saturday 4th February

    Barclays Premier League – Manchester City vs Fulham – 4:30pm

    Serie A – Roma vs Inter Milan – 7:45pm

    UFC 143 – Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit – 3:00am

    Sunday 5th February

    Serie A – Genoa vs Lazio – 11:30am

    Serie A – Fiorentina vs Udinese – 1:45pm

    Bundesliga – FC Kaiserslautern vs FC Cologne – 4:15pm

    Studio show – Talk of the Terrace – 6:45pm

    Serie A – AC Milan vs Napoli – 7:15pm

    Studio show – Pardon the Interruption – 10:00pm

  3. ESPN is available on Sky Channel 417
    ESPN HD is available on Sky Channel 442
    ESPN Classic is available on Sky Channel 429
    ESPN America is available on Sky Channel 430
    ESPN America HD is available on Sky Channel 431

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