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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.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Latin America.

An Irish court has issued the nation’s first-ever order of its kind against the nation's five main internet service providers to block illegal live-streaming of English Premier League matches.

A rise of over a third in international broadcaster fees for the English Premier League drove an 8-per-cent increase in the property’s total rights value for 2019-2022 to £9.2bn (€10.4bn/$11.7bn)

The Premier League has agreed a three-season extension to its contract with IMG that will see the agency continue to work with the top-tier of English club football to operate Premier League Productions

The Premier League, the top tier of club football in England, has appointed Josh Smith to the role of global head of media sales

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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.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Latin America.

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.

The Premier League secured an uplift of more than 40 per cent in its deal in Indonesia with new-entry pay-television operator Mola TV, SportBusiness Media has learned

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.