The price of being a football fan is increasing year upon year.
Going to matches is likely to cost you in excess of £50 for a ticket. That’s before you even consider transport to and from the stadium.
But being an armchair fan is equally as expensive.
Paying for Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Prime can cost around £912-per-year or £76-per-month.
But that could all be about to change.
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That’s because the Premier League has revealed plans to implement a Netflix-style streaming service – and it could cost as little as £10-per-month.
The league’s new CEO, Richard Masters, revealed plans for a new ‘Over The Top’ (OTT) service that will cut out traditional broadcasters.
“During the last [rights bidding] process [for the 2019-22 seasons] we spent quite a lot of time and invested a lot of resources in building our expertise and capacity in ‘direct-to-consumer’,” said Masters.
“We considered whether strategically it would be the right time to test a few markets then and decided not to. We were ready last time and we will be ready next time should the opportunity arise. Eventually, the Premier League will move to a mix of direct-to-consumer and [traditional] media rights sales.”
The Premier League earns just over £3bn-per-year from all broadcast rights with more than 200 million households in 188 countries using pay-TV for access.
If ‘PremFlix’ cost around £10-per-month (differing depending on each country) and all 200 million households pay that, the league’s earning could skyrocket to around £24bn-per-year.
There would be dozens of channels on the service, in different languages with all 380 matches in the season available.
There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done before it can happen but the way we watch football could be about to change forever.