The Premier League has announced that pay-per-view fixtures will be included in the latest broadcast arrangements as the division continues to operate in the absence of supporters.
Football’s return behind-closed-doors has seen the Premier League make every fixture available for supporters via broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime, though changes will be made following the latest announcement.
All fixtures will be made available up until the end of the current month, with the schedule of the broadcast partners to remain in place, though an additional five fixtures per gameweek will now only be available on a pay-per-view service, the Premier League have confirmed.
Premier League clubs have agreed on the changes on an interim basis as the division continues to adapt in the midst of a global pandemic, with no fixed date yet set for a return for supporters, initial plans for reduced capacity fixtures postponed last month amid a rise in coronavirus cases.
This is a really bad move by the @premierleague to charge £14.95 for single matches that have been shown free for 6 months !
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) October 9, 2020
The charge for pay-per-view fixtures will be £14.95 with the profits to be distributed between the clubs and not the broadcast partners, Premier League sides needing to replace match-day income and facing pressure to compensate season ticket holders.
It is a move that has been criticised given all fixtures have been shown for free by the broadcast partners since the Premier League’s restart in June, whilst fans will be quick to point out the costs already incurred by subscriptions to each broadcaster.
The television partners were, however, keen to stress the decision to introduce additional charges was not theirs and one that has been made by the Premier League and its representative clubs.
An updated list of broadcast fixtures is expected to be released later today, though Manchester United’s trip to face Newcastle will be the league’s first pay-per-view fixture next Saturday.