Premier League to charge £14.95 pay-per-view for broadcasted matches
The latest development by the Premier League authorities is bringing the current broadcast arrangements to a halt. The league board has decided to change what has been a norm for the fans since the League was continued from lockdown; every game had been broadcasted live by Sky Sports and BT Sport without these broadcasters charging viewers an additional cost.
With the latest decision by the board, only half of all matches will be available for the standard subscription price of live viewing while the other games would cost an extra fee for viewers.
The additional cost sums up the cost to £14.95 and according to The Times, the profits made from the subscription will be going to the clubs after the broadcasters must have taken their shares from the subscription fees to cover their costs.
The former Red Devils’ player and Sky Sports pundit – Gary Neville is one of the critics that is not pleased with the present decision made by the Premier League. On his Twitter handle, Gary wrote: “This is a really bad move by the Premier League to charge £14.95 for single matches that have been shown free for 6 months.”
In the statement made by the Premier League, the usual five matches per round would continually be in broadcast as it has been before the pandemic. In further statement, the Premier League stated: “In addition, the five matches per round not already selected will be made available to supporters on a pay-per-view basis, accessed via BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.”
The board disclosed that clubs in the league have agreed to the interim solution to permit their fans to continue to watch them live. The Premier League conclusively mentioned that the agreement with the broadcasters to take the new decision will be reviewed from time-to-time in consultation with all club and in accordance with any decision made by the UK government as regards the spectators’ return to stadia.