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Tuesday 26 February 2013

BSkyB and BT seal rights in Republic of Ireland

Three-year deal for audio-visual broadcast rights for all 380 matches until 2015/16

Viewers in Ireland will be able to watch compatriots Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters with BSkyB and BT next season

The Premier League is pleased to announce that BSkyB and BT have been awarded seven packages of live audio-visual rights for transmission in the Republic of Ireland for seasons 2013/14 to 2015/16.

The seven packages – five of 26 matches and two of 12 matches – totalling 154 matches were awarded on the following basis:

  • BSkyB has secured packages B, C, D, E and F, totalling 116 matches.
  • BT has secured packages A and G, totalling 38 matches.

This corresponds to the packages BSkyB and BT have already been awarded in the UK for the same period.

"We are extremely pleased that BSkyB and BT have invested in our live rights in the Republic of Ireland," Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive, said. "We look forward to working with them and are confident they will broadcast the Barclays Premier League in a comprehensive and innovative manner that will showcase the competition to our many fans across Ireland."

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: "These rights mean that Sky Sports remains the home of the Barclays Premier League in Ireland. With more live matches than ever before, our Irish viewers can enjoy an unrivalled choice of the biggest and best games across Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons and Monday nights.

"Sky Sports Irish viewers can enjoy Premier League football in HD, 3D and online as well as across mobile and tablet devices. Combined with our already unrivalled portfolio of sports, there has never been a better time to subscribe to Sky Sports in Ireland."

Marc Watson, Chief Executive of TV for BT, said: "We are delighted that we’ll be able to offer viewers in the Republic of Ireland the same fantastic live games from the Barclays English Premier League that we’ll be offering in the UK. We’ve secured 38 live matches and 18 of them are the ‘first pick’ top-quality matches."

For an overview of the Premier League's TV rights deals for next season, click here.

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Key Points

  • BSkyB and BT awarded seven packages of live audio-visual rights for transmission in the Republic of Ireland
  • The agreement runs from 2013/14 to 2015/16
  • BSkyB secured a package totalling 116 matches and BT's package totals 38 matches