closedownarrowlogo-verticalmenu-barsearch Skip to main content
Jump to navigation
sky sports premier league chelsea

UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom will ask football fans for their views as part of its probe into how live TV rights to Premier League matches are sold.

It will ask fans who watch on TV and those who travel to live games for their opinions.

The investigation started in November, when Virgin Media complained that the way live rights are sold breaches competition law. Virgin Media requested that the auction for live rights was put on hold until the investigation was completed, but it went ahead anyway. Sky paid a record £4.2 billion for 75 per cent of the live Premier League rights. It has since raised its prices six months earlier than usual.

Virgin Media carried out its own study, which claimed one in three fans struggled to pay for their football TV subscription. It also said 64 per cent of fans cut back on everyday spending in order to pay for their subscription.

Live broadcast rights are available for 41 per cent of Premier League matches. Virgin Media argues this is too low, and that it results in a higher price-per-match than elsewhere in Europe.


Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest comments

  • Steve Miller 2 days ago BT TV YouView update: Hands-on... Absolutely - one of the things I miss ? On the recordings tab, you used to be able to sort programmes...
  • V4VendettaX 1 week ago Amazon cracks down on... Amazes me,they want to ban boxes that can run Kodi and the apps which allow it to stream, yet they were...
  • Nathan Fairclough 1 week ago Amazon cracks down on... No such thing as a Kodi box. They are android boxes/devices with the kodi app (legal) installed and the...

Search news