The Premier League has announced plans to launch a new pay-per-view service that will ask players to pay £ 14.95 per game to view additional games.
Sky Sports and BT Sport will show an additional selection of games on their Box Office channels from next weekend.
These games are not included in the television programming already announced for October and will be offered on Saturday at 3 p.m. for an additional fee for the subscription fees.
The first games will be on the weekend of the 17./18. Shown October – Chelsea v Southampton, Newcastle United v Manchester United, Sheffield United v Fulham, Leicester City v Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion v Burnley.
Sky Sports and BT Sport are poised to announce a pay-per-view service for Premier League matches that are not part of their usual coverage
A number of Premier League games have been aired for free in lockdown mode, but the league is increasingly excited to be giving away their product for free in the UK
Fans who remain banned from the site during the Covid-19 pandemic are likely angry that they will now have to pay more to see their team on TV
Sky and BT will continue the staggered kick-off times that are now common even with box-office games.
The first game is Chelsea against Southampton at the BT Sport Box Office on Saturday 17th October at 3pm. Newcastle United versus Manchester United is at the Sky Sports Box Office at 8 p.m.
Sheffield United v Fulham will be at the BT Box Office at 12 noon on Sunday 18 October, Leicester City v Aston Villa at the Sky Box Office at 7.15 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley will be in the sky at 5.30pm on Monday 19th October.
Broadcasters will not receive any additional revenue from this service as all profits will be split between clubs to make up for lost matchday revenue as fans are still out of the stadiums during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the return of football in June, all games have been televised through Sky, BT, BBC and Amazon as part of each broadcaster's general service.
But the Premier League has been excited to be giving away their product for essentially free since the lockdown.
Additionally, broadcasters don't want to pay extra for rights to more games – the new pay-per-view service is a product of those concerns.
Sportsmail understands that the idea for the new service came from the Premier League – and that the league's broadcast partners are making the move easier.
But the move still pissed off customers who are already generating significant subscription costs every month.
Fulham and West Bromwich Albion fans will be hit the hardest with three games in October to be played on the Box Office platform. You would have to pay £ 44.85 to see all three games.
Who is hardest hit?
The games on Saturday at 3 p.m. will be shown in October by the club in pay-per-view format
3 – Fulham, West Bromwich Albion
2 – Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Southampton, Burnley, Chelsea, Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace
1 – Leicester City, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Arsenal, Leeds United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Wolves
0 – Manchester City, West Ham, Everton
Sky Sports experts Jamie Carragher (left), Gary Neville (center) and presenter Kelly Cates at a Premier League game earlier this year
A statement released by the Premier League said: & # 39; The Premier League confirmed today that all games will continue to be available to fans who can watch live in the UK through the end of October.
& # 39; As part of these new regulations, the current selection of live games will remain and will be broadcast as usual.
& # 39; In addition, the five not already selected games per round will be made available to fans on a pay-per-view basis, which can be accessed via the BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.
& # 39; The clubs agreed on this interim solution today so that all fans can continue to watch their teams live.
& # 39; The Premier League worked closely with Sky Sports and BT Sport to reach this agreement and is grateful for their support.
& # 39; The agreement will be reviewed regularly in consultation with the clubs and in line with any government decision on the return of spectators to the stadiums.
“Football is not the same without fans at games. The Premier League and our clubs continue to work to ensure that fans return as soon as possible. An updated broadcast list of the games will be announced today. & # 39;
A statement from BT Sport said: "BT has agreed to sponsor the Premier League and the clubs are providing Premier League games that fans would not normally be televised through the BT Sport Box Office in October."
"With fans still unable to return to the stadiums, we want to help fans see the games they normally play and help clubs generate critical revenue."
Sky & # 39; s Neville leads fan criticism
Sky Sports expert Gary Neville has criticized the Premier League's decision to charge fans £ 14.95 per game to watch additional games.
And fans have been furious at the prospect of paying even more cash on top of existing subscriptions to see their team in action.
Though Sky will be showing many of these additional games on their box office channels, expert and commentator Neville made a point on Twitter.
The Sky Sports expert, along with angry fans, has criticized the Premier League's decision to charge fans £ 14.95 per game for additional TV games starting next weekend
Neville posted the tweet even though many of the games for Sky & # 39; s Box Office channel have been discontinued
He wrote: "This is a really bad move by the @premierleague, charging £ 14.95 for individual games that have been shown for free for 6 months!"
Neville then retweeted a post indicating that the 20 Premier League clubs spent £ 1.2 billion on the transfer during the recently closed summer window.
Fans described the move as "really disgraceful", "gross" and "another nail in the coffin" for the game.
Others calculated the cost of their various TV sports subscriptions at well over £ 1,000, even before these additional games.
Others said they would cancel their Sky and BT subscriptions in protest even though the stations couldn't make any money.
Disgruntled fans stormed Twitter to express their disgust at having to pay more to see their team
When the Premier League resumed in June after the lockdown, the government put pressure to televise each of the remaining 92 games live.
Sky made 25 of the remaining games available for free on Pick TV, while four games were shown on the BBC. All of Amazon's games were also available for free.
When the new season started in September, all 28 games of that month were televised instead of the usual 17 games with staggered kick-off times over the weekend.
However, only one – Leicester City versus Burnley – was freely televised and aired on BBC One.
Last weekend's game round was also broadcast live, either on Sky or BT Sport, but a change in plans was always to be expected during the two-week international break.
It's just another award for fans
Currently, a new customer has to pay £ 46 per month to subscribe to Sky with sports channels included and the BT Sport channels on this platform cost an additional £ 13 per month. This second price is lower than the usual £ 25.
Alternatively, the Sky Sports channels can be streamed online with a Now TV Pass for £ 34 per month. Day passes are also available for £ 9.99.
BT Sport is available through a variety of providers including BT TV, Sky and Virgin Media.
A current offer costs £ 44.99 per month for the sports channels plus BT's Fiber 2 broadband.
Any pay-per-view service would have an additional cost if viewers wanted to watch additional games for £ 14.99 each.
Currently, Sky Sports has the right to show 146 live Premier League games while BT shows 61 live games.
Amazon Prime will show 20 live games on two game days in December.
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