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Premier League TV rights: More games, more money?

Up to 210 Premier League matches could be televised live from 2019.

It follows a decision by Premier League club chairmen on Thursday to increase the number of games as part of the next round of television rights, which are due to go to tender soon.

Currently, 168 games are shown live per season, split between Sky Sports and BT Sport. The new rights deal is likely to include a live Saturday evening match on top of the already televised teatime game and more matches on bank holidays.

The next set of TV rights will cover three seasons starting August 2019. The Premier League is convinced it will be able to yield even more revenue from broadcasters in this next rights round, topping the over £5billion received from BT and Sky for the current TV broadcast rights.

But aside from BT and Sky, other companies, including internet streaming services are increasingly interested at obtaining sports rights, which may also help the cost of obtaining rights increase further. Any increases are likely to be passed on to subscribers, who may not necessarily welcome any more hikes in prices, nor the threat of having to pay another provider in order to see all available Premier League games. Sky will be eager to win sufficient rights to shore up its recently launched Premier League channel, with the extra televised games potentially helping to fill schedules further.

  • As reported last week, BT customers who subscribe and access BT Sport via Sky will pay more from early 2018 in the latest in a series of price rises that have affected subscribers within the last 18 months. New broadband subscribers are being offered discounted broadband and free BT Sport as part of a "Black Friday" deal available from the BT website.