Premier league TV rights sale under investigation

By Drum Digital
18 November 2014

Britain's broadcasting watchdog will investigate whether more Premier League matches should be made available for domestic television audiences.

The majority of games are at 3 p.m. on Saturdays but are only available live to international rights holders.

Ofcom announced Tuesday it will investigate a complaint from Virgin Media, which is owned by U.S. cable TV operator Liberty Global.

Virgin Media says that, with only 41 percent of matches shown live in Britain, customers end up paying more for their subscriptions because there is less competition.

The domestic rights are currently held by Sky, whose largest shareholder is Rupert Murdoch, and BT Sport. Their deals end after the 2015-16 season.

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