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Thursday 14 June 2012

BSkyB and BT on securing League rights

Premier League live audio-visual rights in the UK is sold to BSkyB and BT

There will be 154 matches shown live in the UK each season from 2013/14

BSkyB and BT have welcomed the news that they have won the rights to show Barclays Premier League matches from the start of the 2013/14 season.

The Premier League announced on Wednesday that the live audio-visual rights to show matches in the UK for the three seasons starting in August 2013 had been awarded to BSkyB and BT.

BSkyB, who have broadcast the Premier League since the start of the competition in 1992, were awarded five packages and will show 116 matches a season.

The overall value of the seven packages of rights is worth £3.018 billion.

A BSkyB statement said: "In addition to TV, Sky customers will continue to benefit from live Premier League coverage through Sky Go on PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets and games consoles.

"The Premier League has never been more popular with our customers"
- Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis

"Coverage will also be made available on Sky's new internet TV service, NOW TV, which launches later this year."

Jeremy Darroch, Sky's Chief Executive, said: "This is a good result for our customers and for our business. It means that Sky Sports remains the home of Premier League football and that viewers will continue to enjoy our live and exclusive coverage until at least 2016.

"We have never offered greater depth and breadth of coverage on Sky Sports, with unprecedented live action right across the schedule.

"At the same time we're pushing ahead with more original British content, extending our leadership as the UK's favourite triple play provider, and launching our new internet TV service, NOW TV, which will give us even more ways to distribute our content."

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, added: "The Premier League has never been more popular with our customers so it's excellent news that Sky Sports viewers will continue to enjoy the biggest and best games, including Super Sunday and Monday Night Football.

Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said: "The continuing support of BSkyB for Premier League football is significant beyond the revenues delivered; the longevity and quality of their commitment has done much for the English game as a whole.

"We are very happy to see this relationship maintained for another three seasons."

"We look forward to offering football fans real value and great quality using the latest technology"
- BT Chief Executive Ian Livingston

The other two packages - consisting of 38 matches per season for three years - were secured by BT, who will broadcast matches for the first time in the competition's history.

BT said it is planning to launch a new football-focused channel to carry the matches and will offer new interactive features supplied over its fibre network and will look to distribute it on other platforms.

Ian Livingston, BT's Chief Executive, said: "We are pleased to have won these rights and to have secured around half of the best games on offer each season.

"We look forward to offering football fans real value and great quality using the latest technology.

"BT is already investing £2.5bn in fibre broadband. Securing Premier League rights fits naturally with this, as consumers increasingly want to buy their broadband and entertainment services from a single provider."

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Key Points

  • BSkyB and BT win rights to show live matches in UK for 2013-2016
  • Sky happy with securing five packages to show 116 matches per season
  • BT planning to launch new football-focused channel
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