Foxtel has confirmed a deal with six English Premier League clubs to screen delayed coverage to its sports subscribers from July.
The deal will see Chelsea, Liverpool FC and Manchester United broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will feature in dedicated programming blocks.
Games will be delayed, with games available from 1pm AEST on Sundays, instead of overnight.
Optus recently announced the exclusive Australian rights to the Barclays Premier League for three seasons, but this week fans took to social media to complain about the subscription pricing.
Foxtel’s deal secures all home and away EPL matches from the six teams, but does not include all matches of smaller clubs, including newly crowned champions Leicester City.
There will also be exclusive pre-season games, player and management interviews, manager’s press conferences, and pre-match and post-match analysis.
Chelsea TV, LFCTV and MUTV will be added to the Foxtel Sports pack* at no extra cost, in both high definition* and standard definition.
Peter Tonagh, Foxtel Chief Executive said: “The addition of these dedicated new sports channels is a huge win for English football fans who subscribe to Foxtel. These channels, along with the recently announced beIN Sports channels, will be compulsory viewing for all fans of international football and will also complement the FOX Sports coverage of the local A-League competition.”
“Our new EPL Club partners are global brands in their own right and have large groups of dedicated supporters in Australia making up more than 75 per cent of the English football fan base here. Our customers will now have access to commentary, analysis, insight and behind the scenes action they’ve never seen before.
“We know how much Australians love sport and these new channels, all available in HD, will make Foxtel an even more compelling proposition and cementing us as the new home of European football.”
The channels join the recently announced beIN Sports featuring UEFA EURO, La Liga and South American football.
*HD channels only available to customers with the Sports and HD channel packs.