Premier League scrap pay-per-view fixtures as matches return to regular subscription services


All Premier League fixtures from Saturday 21 November, and throughout the Christmas and New Year period, will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK, it has been confirmed.

It marks the end of the highly controversial pay-per-view matches, priced at £14.95 each on Sky Sports and BT Sport platforms, which proved hugely unpopular with supporters.

Under the new arrangement, announced on Friday evening, the BBC confirmed it will screen the match between Fulham and Everton on November 22, bringing the league back to free-to-air viewers again.

The matches will be split between broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, the BBC and Amazon.

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A Premier League statement read: “There is a full schedule of Premier League games over the festive period and clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans.

“These plans have been made with the co-operation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.

“The agreement will be reviewed in the new year following consultation with clubs, broadcast partners and in line with any decisions made by government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums.

“The Premier League and our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.”

The Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters said last month the £14.95 price was “defensible”, while BT also defended it, saying it was only covering its costs in screening the matches.

The pay-per-view model came in at a time when the 1 October return of fans had been indefinitely delayed but when the English professional game continued to lobby government to allow them back in.

The country faces different circumstances now, with England under lockdown restrictions until at least 2 December.

The decision taken on Friday moves the league back to the arrangement which was in place at the start of the 2020-21 season back in September.

Full November fixture list

Saturday 21 November

Newcastle United vs Chelsea – 12:30pm (BT Sport)

Aston Villa vs Brighton – 3pm (BT Sport)

Tottenham vs Manchester City – 5:30 (Sky Sports)

Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion – 8pm (BT Sport)

Sunday 22 November

Fulham vs Everton – 12pm (BBC)

Sheffield United vs West Ham – 2pm (Sky Sports)

Leeds United vs Arsenal – 4:30pm (Sky Sports)

Liverpool vs Leicester City – 7:15pm (Sky Sports)

Monday 23 November

Burnley vs Crystal Palace – 5:30pm (Sky Sports)

Wolves vs Southampton – 8pm (Sky Sports)

Friday 27 November

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United – 8pm (Amazon Prime)

Saturday 28 November

Brighton vs Liverpool – 12:30 (BT Sport)

Manchester City vs Burnley – 3pm (BT Sport)

Everton vs Leeds United – 5:30pm (Sky Sports)

West Bromwich Albion vs Sheffield United – 8pm (Sky Sports)

Sunday 29 November

Southampton vs Manchester United – 2pm (Sky Sports)

Chelsea vs Tottenham – 4:30pm (Sky Sports)

Arsenal vs Wolves – 7:15pm (Sky Sports)

Monday 30 November

Leicester City vs Fulham – 5:30pm (Sky Sports)

West Ham vs Aston Villa – 8pm (Sky Sports)

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