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Manchester United and Liverpool will push ahead with their demand to exploit some of their English Premier League matches on their own digital channels despite the likely damage this will cause to the value of the league’s main international rights package, SportBusiness Media understands.

Between Project Big Picture and pay-per-view, it’s not been the best couple of weeks for Premier League football’s public image.

Chinese internet giant Tencent picked up the English Premier League rights for the 2020-21 season at a massive discount compared to the value of the terminated deal with previous rights-holder PPTV.

As major sports properties return to action, the attention of broadcasters in Asia-Pacific is turning to rights-fee rebates and other forms of compensation for the Covid-19 interruption.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in the Middle East and Africa.

European football’s governing body Uefa, the English Premier League and pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus International have welcomed a court ruling in Rwanda concerning the piracy of their broadcast c…

The English Premier League is suing its former Chinese broadcast rights-holder for $215.3m (€183m) over its battle for unpaid rights fees, it has been reported.

English Premier League clubs are mulling over whether they will allow season-ticket holders to watch non-televised matches, after the UK government decided not to allow fans back into stadiums next month…

The English Premier League has agreed a deal with Chinese digital platform Tencent for the media rights to the competition in the country for the remainder of the 2020-21 season

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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the global media-rights of the English Premier League.

At stake is the future funding of elite sport through the sale of media rights.

Turkish agency Saran has negotiated a price reduction for rights to the English Premier League for the 2019-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands, the first time it has achieved this since acquiring the property at the turn of the decade.

Mola TV, the new entrant to Indonesia’s sports broadcasting market, is employing a novel strategy straddling pay-television, free-to-air and digital distribution channels to exploit the Premier League rights it has acquired for the upcoming 2019-22 cycle.

Infront faces a challenge to refinance its spend on English Premier League free-to-air rights in sub-Saharan Africa, despite spending half as much on the 2019-22 rights compared to the 2016-19 cycle.

Pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus’s surprise move to share all its English Premier League rights in France for the 2019-22 cycle with telco Altice was related to a carriage deal secured late last year with the company, SportBusiness Media understands. This deal enabled Canal’s platform to show RMC Sport channels, allowing it access to the Uefa Champions League.

Indian pay-television broadcaster Star is close to renewing its rights for the English Premier League at a discount, having faced little competition in the auction, SportBusiness Media understands.

The English Premier League has avoided a dramatic decrease in the value of its rights in Vietnam after media group Canal Plus swooped in following the collapse of talks between the league and social media giant Facebook.

A consortium of major rights-holders is about to launch legal action in the Saudi courts against the beoutQ pirate broadcast operation, which the rights-holders believe is backed by the Saudi government., SportBusiness Media understands.

Web portal Rambler has acquired English Premier League rights in Russia, moving the country’s sports broadcast market further into the digital realm.

The value of Premier League rights in Hong Kong more than halved in the deal agreed last week with PCCW Media, owner of the Now TV pay-television service

• League has brought in consultants Alvarez & Marsal to advise on OTT platform • New distribution strategy will be in place for the next rights cycle, from 2022-23 season • B

England’s Premier League secured a modest increase in the value of its rights in Italy in this week’s deal with incumbent rights-holder Sky Italia.

Sky Deutschland to pay about €22m per season for Premier League rights, 2019-2022 This is about 70 per cent more than the €13m per season DAZN pays from 2016-2019 T

Eleven Sports’ decision to break one of the golden rules of UK sports broadcasting – the ‘3pm blackout’ – has created a legal quandary that could result in it being scrapped altogether. Eleve

Interview with Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Eleven Sports, on the reasons behind the broadcaster's decision to break the UK's '3pm' blackout rule

The battle between Sport TV and Eleven Sports in Portugal has pushed prices up at a perfect time for the Premier League, Formula One Management and Bundesliga International

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 success of Eleven Sports’ soon-to-launch UK and Ireland operation – in partnership with the IMG agency – will depend on the broadcaster’s ability to negotiate fruitful carriage deals with operators that did not bid aggressively for the properties Eleven will base its channels upon.