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Sky and BT have retained the live rights to the vast majority of the Premier League matches for three seasons from 2019/20.

The two have agreed to pay £4.464 billion between them. That's less than the £5.14 billion they paid in the previous auction.

However, only five of the seven live packages have been awarded. Bidding for the remaining two is ongoing.

Could we see Amazon, Facebook, Twitter or Netflix swoop in and enter the market? All of the above have been rumoured to be interested in recent years.

All the Premier League would say was that interest from "multiple bidders" remains.

BT Sport will show 32 live matches per season on Saturdays at 12:30pm. Sky will show 128 games per season – two more than the current deal – including 32 matches on a Saturday at 5:30pm.

Sky is paying £1.193 billion per year. That's 16 per cent less than the current agreement.

"Sky Sports customers will continue to enjoy unrivalled Premier League coverage through to 2022 with 128 live matches a season from next year – more than ever before – including the key head to heads in the best slots and, of course, analysis from the biggest names in football," said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.

Marc Allera, chief executive of BT's consumer division, said: "The Premier League is undoubtedly the most competitive and exciting domestic league in the world, so we’re delighted that our customers will be able to continue enjoying Saturday games on BT Sport."

In what was widely seen as a counter measure to the threat from big US tech companies, the two rivals recently signed a deal to allow their customers to subscribe to each other's sports channels. So BT customers can access Sky Sports through Now TV, and Sky customers can subscribe to BT Sport. The deal kicks in from early next year.

One question remains: Who will snaffle the remaining two live packages of Premier League matches? We'll bring you the news as we get it.

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