Thursday 03 May 2012

Premier League statement on ITT

The Premier League issues Invitation to Tender for UK audio visual rights

The Premier League has today made available to interested parties the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for its UK Live audio visual rights spanning seasons 2013/14-2015/16.

The ITT describes the packages of rights the Premier League are now inviting bids for:

  • Live rights to a total of 154 matches - split into seven packages.
  • A Free-to-Air Highlights package - including 'catch-up' rights.

The Live rights consist of five packages of 26 matches and two packages of 12 matches. No single buyer will be allowed to acquire more than 116 matches.

This creates a more attractive and compelling offering for both broadcasters and fans; whilst allowing the continued protection of the Saturday 3pm 'closed window' and minimising further displacement of Premier League fixtures.

A separate sales process will be conducted for the other packages described in the ITT:

  • Two "Near Live" long form packages each containing 226 matches; one for linear and the other for on-demand exploitation.
  • An Internet-based Clips package for all 380 matches.

Both the Live and "Near Live" packages will be available for exploitation on a technology neutral basis.

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