Some Premier League games will now be pay-per-view | ALEX LIVESEY/Getty Images
Every Premier League game will continue to be broadcast live in the UK throughout the month of October, but new changes mean that half of the games will be shown on pay-per-view platforms at an additional cost to any existing subscriptions.
Since the beginning of ‘Project Restart’ in June, every Premier League game has been shown live in the UK across Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC. Sky and BT included the extra games for subscribers at no extra cost, while Amazon and BBC broadcasts have been free.
Pay-per-view games will cost fans £14.95 | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
With stadiums still closed to fans after plans to start allowing partial re-opening had to be pushed back amid rising numbers of cases, it is necessary for games to still be available by other means. But the latest update sees a return to a more normal routine, where fixtures that wouldn’t ordinarily have been chosen for live UK broadcast are charged at an additional premium rate.
Five matches for each gameweek will be chosen for television as was previously the case before the pandemic struck. Now, the other five games for that given week will be available to purchase on a one-off basis via Sky Sports Box Office or BT Sport Box Office.
Both platforms are typically associated with boxing or wrestling pay-per-views but will begin to broadcast Premier League football as of later this month.
3 games on Sky Sports Box Office; 2 on BT Sport Box Office in the rounds until the end of October.
Means of generating revenue for Premier League clubs missing out on matchday income
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) October 9, 2020
Newcastle vs Manchester United on Saturday 17 October and West Brom vs Burnley on Monday 19 October will be the first two Premier League fixtures made available on Sky Sports Box Office, for example, with each game priced individually at £14.95.
Although the additional extra costs may be jarring for fans, it is thought that charging for games that wouldn’t otherwise have been available on television will begin to offset the loss of matchday revenue that persists from stadiums being closed.
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