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Premier League ready to ditch Sky Sports and BT Sport in radical new broadcasting plans

SirHarryHotspur

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Sure - I get that - it's the same in the US. My subscription to Peacock includes everything Peacock offers, sports, and non-sports. For SPorts, it includes PL, NBA, MLB, NFL, Paris-Roubaix bike race is on right now, Olympics, etc.

Paramount+ subscription includes European football (CL/EL/ECL), Serie A, Scottish League, Argentinia Liga, in addition to things like the Masters, and then all of CBS programming, and Paramount movies.

ESPN+ obviously includes sports besides carrying the domestic cups, including La Liga, Bundesliga, F1, MLB, NHL, MLB and loads of NCAA sports.


We are certainly fortunate in the US to be able to watch almost every meaningful football game, plus almost every major sport, for what amounts to less than $15/month.
Loads of prices in the UK are a con compared to some other countries it's why we have a TV programme called Rip Off Britain.
It's quite funny that when we were a part of the EU it was quite legal to purchase a satellite viewing card from say a Swedish company or elsewhere in the EU and watch PL games in your own home at a cheaper price than charged by Sky or BT, now we have left the EU that is now illegal it's why so many in UK resort to illegal streams and doctored TV sticks/boxes.
 
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allatsea

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I wonder how many % wise only really have Sky for the football and what impact it would have on them if the football stopped.
 

Col_M

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Id pay to have a camera in the VAR room, that would be entertaining
 

easley91

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Premier League bosses are discussing the notion of cutting out the middle man when it comes to showing live games with plans to broadcast matches via their own platform

It’s likely there will be just one more multi partner deal before the Premier League cut out the middle men and run the show themselves. It will be devastating for Sky who have helped build the Premier League to the financial colossus it is today after joining forces at its inception in 1992.

Source: Daily Mirror
About time is all I can say. Streaming is the thing now and I have suggested their own platform for years a bit like the WWE Network.
 

Tucker

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I wonder how many % wise only really have Sky for the football and what impact it would have on them if the football stopped.
A huge percentage. Their entire model is based on hooking people in with the football and then getting them to up their other subs to include movies etc.

Their movie offering is actually quite poor now, in the age of Netflix Amazon and Disney they’re struggling to compete on that front.

They pay over the odds for the premier league as a result. Which is why I don’t think this streaming thing has legs yet.
 

cwy21

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If you want to make the PL rights more valuable then lobbying to get rid of the 3pm rule would be your best step.
 

MR_BEN

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I hate listening to Simon Jordan but he has always said there should be a netflix style approach - game pass for NFL type thing. There really is no need for Sky/BT etc

You own the product, why not make even more money by going down that route, and instead of everyone paying Sky, everyone pays the PL to watch all games. £20 a month - global audience - imagine the billions.

Yeah the production and marketing will need work - they will need to learn from America and NFL - but coupled with the 3pm blackouts removed - that will be the new way we all will consume football.

The premier league already provide most Gloabl coverage, via other partners. So they have the prodcuctiion, the marketing, the support
But not at £20 per month.

I pay £4 per month in Aus for a sports package which includes EPL, WSL, LaLiga, Internationals and tonnes of other content.

I don’t see how it could be financially viable at all for the premier league to go all out on their own.
 

IamSpurtacus

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Premier League bosses are discussing the notion of cutting out the middle man when it comes to showing live games with plans to broadcast matches via their own platform

It’s likely there will be just one more multi partner deal before the Premier League cut out the middle men and run the show themselves. It will be devastating for Sky who have helped build the Premier League to the financial colossus it is today after joining forces at its inception in 1992.

Source: Daily Mirror
I'd expect they are exploring the US model where the NFL and NBA have their own channels which show some games exclusively for a subscription fee, and then still sell packages to other broadcasters

It makes total sense in some markets. I'd imagine Sky/BT will still have prime pick of most game - but the PL will stream those that aren't shown

Don't think for a second it's going to mean more affordability for the average fan...
 

SirHarryHotspur

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As the article says one more multi partner deal , current deal ends 2025 so probably looking at 2030 before any likelihood of this happening.
 

Dillspur

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According to the Athletic the 2018/2019 PL season had a global audience of 3.2 Billon, imagine a global PL streaming service + advertising revenue, it would be INSANE.

For a comparison Netflix (as of 2023) had global subscribers of 230m and generated $31B (revenue) in 2022
 

ShayLaB

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Let's hope not.

Don't want to pay the same as SKY and pay again for F1.
 

newbie

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Also, and I appreciate this is a bit of a moan, but it makes absolutely no sense that the one country that can't watch all our games on TV/streaming is the UK.

i think its so we have to go to games, but you are right
 

Flynn

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Begs the question how punditry would work. Sky, BT, … get away with biases but how would the premier league itself?
 

Johnny J

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i think its so we have to go to games, but you are right
Right, that's the reason they give. But it doesn't help people like me who are disabled and can't go to games, but who still want to follow and enjoy our team.

In 2023 accessibility should be a priority. I'd go as far as to suggest that anyone who enjoys going to live games would continue to do so even if they had the option of watching on TV.
 

newbie

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Right, that's the reason they give. But it doesn't help people like me who are disabled and can't go to games, but who still want to follow and enjoy our team.

In 2023 accessibility should be a priority. I'd go as far as to suggest that anyone who enjoys going to live games would continue to do so even if they had the option of watching on TV.

I agree, it’s all about the money :(
 

SandroClegane

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Right, that's the reason they give. But it doesn't help people like me who are disabled and can't go to games, but who still want to follow and enjoy our team.

In 2023 accessibility should be a priority. I'd go as far as to suggest that anyone who enjoys going to live games would continue to do so even if they had the option of watching on TV.
Blackout rules are antiquated and should be done away with. It's ridiculous.
 
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