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Sky acquire near-live Premier League rights from 2019-20

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky has added near-live extended and mobile clip rights to its coverage of the English Premier League, in a new three-season deal, from 2019-20 to 2021-22.

This is in addition to the 128 live matches per season that Sky will broadcast from the 2019-20 season, when a new domestic rights-cycle begins. Pay-television broadcaster BT Sport will broadcast 52 matches per season and tech company Amazon will broadcast 20.

Sky’s new deal will allow it to show in-game goals and clips on mobile devices from its own live matches and all other non-televised matches excluding Saturday 15:00 kick-offs (clips will be available from 17:15 for these matches). The deal also includes extended highlights and on-demand rights to be shown on the “Game of the Day” and “Match Choice” programmes.

Sky currently hold near-live rights, from 2016-17 to 2018-19. It was the first time the Premier League included video-on-demand clips in the package.

From 2019-20, public-service broadcaster the BBC will continue to broadcast Premier League highlights after renewing rights in a three-season deal over the same period.