The Premier League are reportedly exploring the possibility of ditching long-time broadcast partners such as Sky Sports, BT Sport and Prime Video in order to show all of the league’s games on their own platform. Sky have played a massive part in elevating the Premier League to where it is today after joining forces back when it was formed in 1992.
However, the Mirror reports that the Premier League is planning on creating a new platform to show all of its games in one place. The move will help the Premier League generate more income while also benefitting fans who have been forced to shell out large lumps of cash on multiple subscriptions over the years.
However, it isn’t expected to come into existence just yet with The Premier League currently entertaining bids from DAZN, Apple and Disney Plus for the next round of TV rights which are set to run out at the end of the 2024/2025 season.
Fans will be hoping the new channel can come into effect sooner rather than later with supporters expected to fork out around £100 a month in order to watch all of the football on TV.
Kevin Miles, chief executive of the football Supporters Association, said: “There’s no question that supporters are increasingly feeling the financial strain. We’re not untouched by the general cost of living crisis but the more platforms there are, the more subscriptions we have to find.
“For those fans who want to watch every one of the club’s televised games, the costs are really starting to mount.”
Meanwhile, former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has had enough of the increasing number of subscription services. He admitted he didn’t watch Scotland’s recent European Championship qualifying victory against Spain, which was only available on Viaplay for £15 a month. He said: “I didn’t watch the game because there’s that many different channels now that football is on. You’ve got Viaplay £15, BT Sport £30, Sky Sports £24, Amazon £9. You’ve got Premier Sports, I can’t keep up!”
Viaplay secured the rights to Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish national team football last year. The streaming service will show Scotland’s, Wales and Northern Ireland’s European Qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup 2026 and UEFA EURO 2028, UEFA Nations League 2024/25 and 2026/27 and international friendlies exclusively in the UK. For a time, these were all available for free on terrestrial television.