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BT is to screen more Premier League matches than ever before, after winning the rights to show 42 games a season to 2018/19 following the latest round of bidding.

This is an increase of four on the current total of 38, and will also see BT Sport show a live Saturday evening game every Premier League weekend from 2016/17 for three seasons.

Currently, BT Sport shows around 50 live matches each season featuring Premier League clubs, but this will increase to more than 115 from the 2015/16 season onwards, when all competitions featuring Premier League clubs are taken into account.

This is mainly due to the the UEFA Champions League and Europa League rights that BT Sport secured last year, which will enable it to screen 350 exclusive live matches from both tournaments beginning this summer, in addition to its live rights to the FA Cup for the next three years.

BT Sport will also continue to show football from around the continent, with live action from top-flight European leagues such as Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1.

John Petter, BT Consumer CEO, said the company is "pleased" it will be showing Premier League football for a further three years and that it has also secured the prime Saturday evening slot.

"These new rights will enhance our existing schedule of football, rugby and other international sport, including all the live footballing action from the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues starting this summer," he added. He said BT Sport has got off to a "strong start" since launching in August 2013, reaching more than five million households and commercial premises, and will continue to expand as fans are attracted to its football offering and coverage of other sports.

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