Mar 092017

High Court approves Premier League crackdown on Kodi streaming piracy

Football fans who watch live matches for free via popular Kodi set-top boxes face a crackdown after the High Court approved a Premier League effort to shut down unlicensed streams online.

Mr Justice Arnold approved an order for Britain’s top four broadband providers BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to block connections to the servers that host pirated streams of matches.

The Premier League is acting with the support of Sky and BT, which each pay millions for every match they broadcast and fear the popularity of Kodi boxes is eroding the value of their spending on exclusive rights. The rivals are paying a total of £5.1bn over three years to show top-flight domestic matches.

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Aug 082016

Ofcom to end probe into Premier League football TV rights sale

Ofcom is set to scrap its two-year investigation of the Premier League’s multibillion-pound TV rights auction, a move which complainant Virgin Media says will lead to price hikes for football fans.

The media watchdog launched the probe in 2014 after Virgin Media lodged a complaint arguing that the Premier League should make all 380 matches live on TV.

Virgin Media maintains that by making just 41% of matches available – in contrast to other countries such as Germany and leagues such as the NBA which make all games available – the Premier League is keeping prices artificially high and restricting choice to consumers.

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Feb 102015

Further to the Premier League UK TV rights announcement today (see ) BT Sports have released the following statement:


BT Sport wins rights to more live Premier League football matches
BT Sport to show 42 live top-flight Saturday and Midweek matches for 2016/17 to 2018/19 seasons

Matches to be added to line-up featuring exclusive live action from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and top-flight European leagues

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Feb 102015

Further to the Premier League UK TV rights announcement today (see ) Sky Sports have released the following statement:

Sky has strengthened its position as the home of sport and unrivalled choice for sports fans by winning the UK rights to 126 live Premier League matches a season from 2016-17 to 2018-19.
In a successful outcome to the Premier League’s tender process, Sky Sports was awarded five packs of live rights. Sky will pay £1,392 million per annum for each of the three years of the new agreement, representing an 83% increase over the cost of the existing contract.

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Feb 102015

Premier League 2016/19 Live UK TV Packages Broadcasters Announced.

The winning broadcasters for the six Premier League Live UK TV rights packages will be announced today at 1700 UK (1800 European).

These are the packages up for auction.

Expected Bidders : Sky Sports, BT Sports

Rumoured bidders: Discovery / British Eurosport, BeIN Sports, ITV

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Feb 062015

Further to our previous post (

Reports suggest that none of the seven Premier League TV rights packages were sold on Friday, in stark contrast to the last auction, when two went on the opening day.

The auction will now progress to a second round, probably on Tuesday or Wednesday, during which each bidder will be invited to up their offers.

Such a stalemate on Friday would indicate that not only was every package subject to more than one bid – and that those offers were very close – but also that bitter rivals Sky Sports and BT Sport were probably not the only broadcasters involved.

Feb 062015

The first stage of the renewal of Premier League UK TV rights ended to day.

Bidding broadcasters had to get their packages to the Premier League by today, for the right to show live Premier League matches for the three seasons from 2016/17.

Sky Sports will be aiming to keep their majority of matches, with BT Sports aiming to increase the matches from their current 38.

Under the current deal, Sky paid £2.3bn for the rights to 116 games per season , whilst BT Sport paid £738m for the rights to 38 matches per season.
Analysis predict those prices may rise as much as 45% as the UK broadcasters battle it out for the next batch of matches.

But Sky and BT may be joined by other broadcasters . Disvcovery, who own Eurosport, have been rumoured to be interested in bidding for some matches. As have BeIN Sports.

From the 2016/17 season there are slightly more games on offer – 168, compared to the current 154. These 168 games are split across seven packages offering a variety of kick-off times and “first pick” opportunities. Each of the packages must be bid on separately and no single buyer can win more than 126 of the 168 matches on offer. For the first time in the Premier League era, up to 10 Friday night matches will be included.

The match packages are broken down as follows:

28 games at 4pm Sunday, most 1st picks.
28 games at 5:30pm Sat, 2nd largest number of 1st picks.
28 games at 12:30pm Sat, a few 1st picks.
28 games at 1:30pm Sunday, no 1st picks
28 games Fri/Mon evening, includes 10 on a Friday
14 games includes 1st and 2nd pick midweeks (3 rounds = 6 games), plus others at weekends.
14 games includes 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th picks on the two BH rounds (8 games), plus others at weekends

Jan 302015

There are encouraging signs for the Premier League that beIN Sport are seriously considering joining the Discovery Channel, BT Sport and Sky in a super heavyweight TV contest for the next three-year contracts when the mega offers are tabled next Friday.

BT Sport and Sky are certain bidders, while Discovery, who own Eurosport, revealed their interest in the rights a fortnight ago.

Now it has emerged that beIN have been using London sports rights specialist Mark Oliver as a consultant on the Premier League rights possibilities.

Although that is not a firm indication that the Qatar-based station will bid, it does suggest they are thinking about it. Having the world’s richest TV network involved would take the price of the 168 matches bundled in seven packages — already mooted to fetch £10million a game — further into the stratosphere.

If beIN bid, it is likely to be on their own rather than in partnership with BT Sport. That combination seemed possible when beIN let their pundit Andy Gray work as a co-commentator on BT FA Cup matches last season, an experiment that has not been repeated this campaign.

The fact ITV did not come to the table for Premier League highlights makes it all the more odd that they chose to sack lead football presenter Adrian Chiles with immediate effect last week and replace him with Premier League-friendly Mark Pougatch. The timing suggested a link with the highlights, yet ITV say Pougatch’s appointment was unconnected.

Meanwhile, the BBC’s retention of Match of the Day is not expected to stop Gary Lineker hosting BT Sport’s Champions League coverage next season, although an exclusivity clause in Lineker’s BBC contract related to the British market will have to be renegotiated.

Jan 302015

Premier League Matches – live on TV – BT Sport, Sky Sports, BeIN Sports.



Sat 31 Jan 2015 – Premier League
Hull v Newcastle 12:45
Crystal Palace v Everton 15:00
Liverpool v West Ham 15:00
Man Utd v Leicester 15:00
Stoke v QPR 15:00
Sunderland v Burnley 15:00
West Brom v Tottenham 15:00
Chelsea v Man City 17:30

Sun 1 Feb 2015 – Premier League
Arsenal v Aston Villa 13:30
Southampton v Swansea 16:00

1 on BT Sports
3 on Sky Sports
All 10 live and in FULL HD only on BeIN Sports

Jan 292015

The BBC will continue to broadcast Premier League highlights for at least the next three years with a new multi-year contract awarded in a deal thought to be worth £204m.

“We’re keeping Premier League highlights on BBC for a further three years through to and including the 2018/19 season,” read a post on the Match of the Day official Twitter feed.

This is considers to be good enws for the BBC, as ITV were expected to bid for the highlights package, now that they have lost thier Champions League and FA Cup rights.

But it’s understood that ITV did not even consdier a bid, despite reports that they would.


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Jan 212015

Sky Sports and BT Sport announce live Premier League TV matches for March 2015


Arsenal v Everton – Sunday, March 1, 2.05pm – (BT Sport)

Aston Villa v West Brom – Tuesday, March 3, 7.45pm – (BT Sport)

Newcastle v Manchester United – Wednesday, March 4, 7.45pm – (BT Sport)

Crystal Palace v QPR – Saturday, March 14, 12.45pm – (BT Sport)

Burnley v Manchester City – Saturday, March 14, 5.30pm – (Sky Sports)

Chelsea v Southampton – Sunday, March 15, 1.30pm – (Sky Sports)

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday, March 15, 4pm – (Sky Sports)

Swansea City v Liverpool – Monday, March 16, 8pm – (Sky Sports)

Manchester City v West Brom – Saturday, March 21, 12.45pm – (BT Sport)

West Ham United v Sunderland – Saturday, March 21, 5.30pm – (Sky Sports)

Liverpool v Manchester United – Sunday, March 22 1.30pm – (Sky Sports)

Hull City v Chelsea – Sunday, March 22, 4pm – (Sky Sports)

Dec 192014

Premier League Matches on TV over Christmas on Sky Sports and BT Sports including a triple header on Boxing Day

15 of the 32 days over the festive period have at least one live Premier League match.
Boxing Day – Friday 26 December:

Chelsea vs West Ham United (Sky Sports, 12.45pm)

Manchester United vs Newcastle United (BT Sport, 3pm)

Arsenal vs Queens Park Rangers (BT Sport, 5.30pm)
Sunday 28 December:

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (BT Sport, 12pm)

Southampton vs Chelsea (Sky Sports, 2.05pm)

Newcastle United vs Everton (Sky Sports, 4.15pm)
Monday 29 December:

Liverpool vs Swansea City (Sky Sports, 8pm)
New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January:

Stoke City vs Manchester United (Sky Sports, 12.45pm)

Manchester City vs Sunderland (BT Sport, 3pm)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea (BT Sport, 5.30pm)

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