Sky Sports and BT sport would love to pull the plug on the Premier League ’s controversial pay-per-view service.
While normally bitter rivals in the battle to cover the English top-flight, the British broadcasting giants are united in their dislike of the hugely-unpopular decision to show every game live during COVID-19 crisis.
Neither is making any money from the £14.95 fee being charged to punters for matches not already being screened via the usual satellite subscription packages.
That price, which haas caused uproar among fans – with thousands refusing pay – was set by the Premier League when they voted to go ahead with PPV after the Government back-tracked on allowing fans back into stadiums.
Sky, like BT, merely want production costs covered – and privately are fuming at being branded greedy by the English football masses.
According to one top source at Sky, both organisations would back any decision to end despised PPV as soon as possible.
Our insider told the Daily Star Sunday that there is no appetite to fleece fans during the current economic downturn in the UK amid the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdowns.
“Sky is not happy to be involved in showing the pay-per-view games. We never thought it was a good idea and nothing’s changed since it started,” he said.
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“It is damaging the reputation of Sky Sports to be linked to this scheme – and that feeling is shared at BT.
“Everyone here would prefer for it to stop.”
The Sky Sports Box Office platform show the additional live games but the company are reluctant to promote the games – as they do with their own exclusive packages.
There has been no decision with regards continuing the PPV interim service beyond next weekend
Viewing figures for the PPV have been ‘mixed’ but will not be made public.
Meanwhile, the Premier League have been contacted for comment.
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