BSkyB acquires UK long-form linear broadcast rights

BSkyB acquires UK long-form linear broadcast rights

MUMBAI: BSkyB has been awarded the UK Long-Form Linear broadcast rights for 226 Barclays Premier League matches per season for seasons 2013-16.

The UK Long-Form Linear Package comprises the rights to make available delayed long-form coverage of 226 Barclays Premier League matches per season.

"We are extremely pleased that BSkyB has again chosen to invest in our UK Long-Form linear broadcast rights," said Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore. "These rights make available delayed long-form coverage of all Barclays Premier League matches not broadcast live and are an important part of our overall rights offering.

"Sky Sports has, for several seasons, used them to great effect with the successful ?Football First? programme that will continue to make available the best Barclays Premier League action to fans across the country."

Sky Sports MD Barney Francis said, "This is fantastic news for Sky Sports viewers who will continue to enjoy unrivalled coverage of the Barclays Premier League on TV and wherever they are with Sky Go.

"We?ll give fans the first chance to see extended highlights of all the matches every Saturday, as well as the key moments throughout the week. Add these rights to our 116 live matches from next season, which include MNF and Super Sunday double-headers, and Sky Sports truly remains the home of the Barclays Premier League."

The Premier League has also awarded the UK Near-Live clip rights to News International for all 380 Barclays Premier League matches a season for seasons 2013-16.

The UK Near-Live Clips Package comprises rights to make available audiovisual clips of all 380 Barclays Premier League matches on the internet and on mobile devices. The package includes the rights to broadcast in-game clips for all matches other than 3 pm Saturday kick-offs and extended clips of all matches on a Monday morning following a weekend match round.

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