Sky and BT Sport pay £4.464bn for first tranche of Premier League TV packages

• Five of seven packages available have been announced
• Sky to broadcast 128 matches starting from 2019-20 season

The payTV broadcasters Sky and BT Sport have retained their hold on live televised Premier League football, paying £4.464bn to the clubs for the rights to the five main packages of matches from 2019-22. Two minor packages of rights remain to be sold, a new experiment by the Premier League to allow the entire fixture list of 10 matches to be broadcast simultaneously, four times a season. BT Sport said in a statement that it remains interested in those further rights, with the internet platform Amazon also said to be interested in securing some Premier League matches.

Sky committed to paying £3.579bn over the three years of the next deal, confirming that this is a significant reduction on the £4.1bn the broadcaster is paying for its prime packages in the current 2016-19 seasons. It will, though, have the rights to 128 matches, two more than under the current deal, and has bought every weekend “first pick” of matches and the most coveted kick-off times. Its packages will show matches at 5:30pm on Saturdays on 32 match days; Sundays at 2pm and 4:30pm and eight matches on Saturday nights at 7:45pm, the first time the Premier League has played matches at that time. Sky’s fourth package comprises Monday night and Friday night matches.

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