We are very close to watching seeing an internet provider like Netflix or Amazon broadcasting Premier League matches – so thinks Rob Harris from the Associated Press.
Rob joined Kev and Joe on the Off the Ball Football Show to discuss the new Premier League rights package, which has seen the lion’s share of rights go to Sky and BT for 2019 to 2022. The agreement involves changes to the broadcasting structure, which will see the last two packages involving an ability to televise ten simultaneous Premier League fixtures. But it is the financial pressures on the traditional broadcasters that Rob believes could change the way we watch games in the near future.
“You see even the Sky distribution platform changing – they are pushing Now TV now which is watching their channels over the internet without requiring a dish, so even they are future-proofing [...] – preparing for a future when more people prefer their TV and services over the internet like that.
“The rate of change can be rapid – how long can they resist the 3pm Saturday games being off TV? Obviously, one of the big challenges [...] is the illegal streams, particularly these Kodi boxes where you can plug it into your television and it finds streams online.
Rob also briefed us on the focus of the Premier League when it comes to illegal broadcasting.
“You hear that people are quite willing to pay for 3pm kick-offs but they are not physically there, whereas you will also have people who just don’t want to pay for the big broadcast subscriptions. If you go on Twitter during a match, you will have someone posting a goal clip or go on YouTube and they are there – the Premier League are going to have to work harder and harder just to clamp down on that.”
You can listen to the full interview with Rob on the Off the Ball podcast, and tune in to the evening show from 7pm – 10pm weekdays.