Nov 212013

According to reports, the FAPL are starting to limit which of the 3pm FA Premier League kick offs are made available to broadcasters.

For European broadcasters this has almost always been the case, since many of these services (Sky Italia, Sky Germany, Canal+) can also be receive via satellite in the UK.

However, it appears that this “3pm blackout” has now also been imposed on other non European broadcasters, including Al Jazeera Sports.

Could this be some “retaliation” by the FA PL on JSC, due to the JSC channels being available to many IPTV Internet TV systems, and that are used by some “pubs” in the UK??

Presumably some internet streaming services will still be streaming these matches, using links from broadcasters “internet services”, such as NBC Extra Time, which shows all matches on the NBC webservice.

Al Jazeera Sports have the right to show all 380 Premier League matches to the area of the Middle East and North Africa. Apparently, a report of Al Jazeera Sport has said that they will, from the 23rd November 2013, also be limited to showing just one of the batch of 3pm kick offs. Apparently, this has angered Al Jazeera Sport, who paid millions for the rights, who apparently see this as a breach of contract and are thinking of ending their contract at the end of the 2013/ 14 season.

“FOX SPORTS ITALIA comunica ai suoi spettatori la decisione della Barclays Premier League di non rendere temporaneamente possibile in Italia la trasmissione integrale delle partite in calendario il sabato alle 16.00. Gli incontri non saranno visibili sul canale già a partire da sabato 23 novembre.”
“Fox Sports Italy announces to it’s subscribers the decision of the Barclays Premier League to temporarily not allow the transmission in Italy of the 3pm kick offs on Saturdays. This will commence immediately with the games on Saturday 23 November. ”

A statement on JSC new channel said :

“Following a decision by the FA Premier League, JSC Sports we will no longer be able to broadcast all of the 3:00 P.M. games on Saturday, except one.
Al Jazeera has decided to terminate the contract with the Premier League at the end of the 2013-14 season because there are no more the conditions of mutual respect which deserves a contract worth more than a billion dollars.”

Update: many football on satellite listings sites have been updated, and have Al Jazeera Sports channels only showing the one 3pm Saturday kick off this weekend – Arsenal v Southampton.

Update: Al Jazeera Sports Channels are only promoting three matches for Saturday…only one being a 3pm kickoff. Nothing yet said about this by Richard Keyes on his football show!

Update: Richard Keyes just said along the lines of “other games not available on satellite for reasons beyond our control, but we are working on it for the future” – but this sounded to be more for the right to show the goals from the other matches during their “+10” match, rather that all 3pmKO games in full live.

Update: This Al Jazeera blackout this weekend sounds temporary, or JSC lawyers are very hopeful
Twittor: what’s happened to coverage of the other 4 EPL games?? I know you can’t show goals from games but no coverage at all?
Richard Keys :Not today. Not our fault. I’m sorry. Normal service will be resumed soon.

@richardajkeys : During the this break will you now explain why we can’t watch other EPL games even though we have a paid subscription?
Richard Keys : It’s a contractual issue. That’s all I know. I understand the frustration. I feel it too

@richardajkeys : Hi Richard, why is there only x 1 EPL match on channels 1-10, today? Thanks
Richard Keys : contractual issues. We’re sorting it. Richard Keys : What I’m saying is trust me. We’ll sort it out.
Update: 26 November 2013 : This story has now reached the Daily Mail – under the title “Sky Sports get tough on Saturday games screened live at 3pm” – which is very misleading when the 3pm kick off blackout has nothing to do with Sky Sports!

The Premier League have reacted to the problem of Saturday 3pm matches meant for overseas viewing being broadcast in UK pubs by banning some of the coverage.
The numerous breaches of media regulations forbidding televised Saturday afternoon football have led to sanctions – after warnings – against Al Jazeera, who have the Middle East rights, and Fox Sports Italia.
The Italian broadcasters have been stopped from transmitting any Saturday 3pm kick-offs, while Al Jazeera only covered one 3pm game at the weekend and did not show immediate goals from the other fixtures as their contract allows, much to the upset of subscribers.
A PL spokesman said: ‘We have become aware that live broadcasts of PL football intended for overseas territories are being transmitted in the UK. We are working to address this and there will be some editorial changes while we do so.’


Update : 26 November 2013 : As it currently stands Al Jazeera Sports can show all the 3PM kick offs, but delayed and not live.
“We are still able to show all games on delay, which means that the game must not start until two hours after its original kick-off time. All other games are unaffected.”

Update : 26 Nov:

Update: 30 Nov:


For our clients with JSC cards expecting to watch all the Premier League matches , we can only apologize. This is out of our control. We can only hope that JSC Sports and the Premier League come to some sort of arrangement that allows JSC to return to screening all matches, although at the moment this does look doubtful.

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