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Premier League officially quashes PPV through at least 2020

Begone!

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Adam Fradgley - AMA/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images

Following Premier League CEO Richard Masters’ recent comments in front of the UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, about how the league’s going to be “changing direction” away from the widely criticized and deeply unpopular pay-per-view scheme, the Premier League have officially confirmed yesterday that PPV is no more. (Or at least through the end of 2020.)

The Premier League today announces that all fixtures from Saturday 21 November, and throughout the Christmas and new year period, will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.

Working with our broadcast partners, and with the support of clubs, all matches will be shown via existing Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and BBC services.

While this doesn’t mean that all games will be free to air, it does mean that fans in the UK won’t have to pay any extra (than already committed to the various broadcast and streaming services) to watch games in these days of closed stadium doors — which thus mirrors the situation for most others fans worldwide.

Chelsea’s next two games will be on BT Sport (Newcastle, away, Nov 21) and Sky Sports (Spurs, home, Nov 29).