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Foxtel buys “big club” Premier League rights

Australia’s Foxtel has agreed deals with six of the Premier League’s biggest teams to broadcast the clubs’ own channels. The new content will be included in Foxtel’s sports package at no extra cost.

Foxtel will carry 24-hour channels from Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea with additional content from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, from July this year. The deal includes all home and away matches in the Premier league, League Cup and FA Cup for the clubs, as well as pre-season games, historic matches, documentaries and behind-the-scenes content.

The matches will be shown on a delay, with all 3pm Saturday kick-offs airing at 1pm local time on the Sunday (if they were to go out live, they would air in the small hours of Sunday morning).

The newly signed deals are part of the pay-TV provider’s  attempt to retain customers who were angry at the loss of Premier League rights to rival Optus. Last week Optus revealed that subscriptions will start at A$15 per month, or it will be free for those on Optus plans costing A$85 or more.

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