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The South African Broadcasting Corporation last week completed a surprise deal for rights to England’s Premier League despite the broadcaster being almost ZAR 700m (€41m/$47.5m) in debt.

The Premier League’s 20 clubs are unconcerned about the small drop in the value of their domestic live rights in the next cycle, following deals this month with BT and Amazon that brought the protracted sales process to a close.

Facebook has acquired English Premier League rights in Vietnam, its second deal for the league’s rights in a major Southeast Asian market.

Social media company Facebook has beaten an incumbent pay-television broadcaster to media rights of a flagship property for the first time, TV Sports Markets understands.

After successive 70-per-cent rises in the last two cycles there were only two sets of circumstances in which the Premier League was likely to secure another increase in the value of its domestic live rights.

SuperSport is understood to have paid an increase of about 30 per cent to retain its English Premier League rights in sub-Saharan Africa, beating competition from Econet and StarTimes to win in the first round of bidding.

The wave of tender processes in sub-Saharan Africa has continued to swell with the English Premier League and the International Olympic Committee both selling their rights earlier than expected.

MP & Silva has struggled to refinance its investment in English Premier League rights across Asia-Pacific, outside Japan, TV Sports Markets understands.

The English Premier League’s new media-rights deal in China is one of the most valuable ever signed in the country.

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The English Premier League has launched an early tender in China in order to reap the benefits of the country’s buoyant media-rights market.

Canal Plus Afrique’s French-language deal for English Premier League rights is a landmark moment for the league, as its rights are now more expensive than the more locally-relevant French Ligue 1.

England’s Premier League clubs will enjoy much greater freedom from the 2016-17 season in how they can exploit content globally on social media. The benefits could be considerable in terms of expanding the reach of a club’s brand and could also help drive revenues for the biggest clubs.

The English Premier League this week finalised a deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV which will see its value in the country fall by about 57 per cent.

International media-rights revenues for the English Premier League are set to increase by almost 50 per cent in its new cycle, according to research conducted by TV Sports Markets.

LeSports has become the first Chinese internet operator to secure English Premier League rights in the upcoming 2016-17 season.

MP & Silva has made a small profit on its most recent English Premier League sublicensing deal in Asia.

Modern Times Group has renewed its English Premier League rights in the Baltics, paying a decent increase compared with its current deal.

English Premier League rights fell in value in Cyprus this week as the league offered broadcasters a smaller package in an attempt to combat piracy.