The Premier League have invited broadcasters to bid for domestic UK broadcast rights for the 2013/14-2015/16 football seasons.
The Premier League say that 154 matches will be shown live on TV each season from 2013/14-2015/16 more than currently broadcast and more than 40% of all top-level matches. The extra 16 live games comes as matches are moved away from Saturday 3pm kick-off times, due to Europa League involvement or police advice.
The rights put out to tender include :
•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 are split into seven packages – five of 26 games and two of 12 games. The maximum number of games any broadcaster is allowed to acquire is 116 games.
A Premier League statement said : “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 minimizing further displacement of Premier League fixtures,”.
A separate sales process will be conducted for the other packages including :
•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.
Sky Sports currently enjoy dominance in the pay TV football market holding the rights to 115 live games per season whilst ESPN screen 23 live matches. Some commentators have suggested that Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera could express an interest in live UK Premier League rights after recently outbidding Canal Plus for rights to French domestic football. The BBC are current rights holders of the free-to-air highlights package.
It'd be very interesting if any one other than Sky wins the rights.
They better paully or I'll be out of a job!!
Sky to get 5 packages- ESPN 2 -BBC highlights. Setanta to to retain Saturday 3pm rights here.
Agreed badabing, I can't see sky getting any less than 5 packages which will probably just coincidentally add up to 116 games! Espn to get the other 2 packages.
The formula works and it won't change I don't think. Even if al jazeera were to win it, they'd need someone to actually deliver it to people so sky would be quids in
Would like a FTA package, unlikely though. Remember when RTE had 3pm games for a while? Although if I remember correctly, they weren't on every week.
If I remember correctly, they only showed Manchester United at home!
At one stage they actually use to show just the second half of a game, those were the good ole days!
They used to show delayed coverage that started at 3,30, I avoided all media until then so as not to spoil the action.
AFAIK Al Jazeera have decided not to bid for the rights,I reckon it'll be the same as we already have with Sky being the main player.
Be great if RTE or TV3 showed live Premier League games.
Would you pay a licence fee for 2 to 300 quid to see this happen?
RTE showed a game tonight, it was excellent. Some super football played.
The licence fee is expensive enough as it is and the quality of programming is dire at best. RTE used to do it years ago. It was a very good game, well done Pats.