Football rights go through the roof, again

February 20, 2015  | Subscribers Only

Tim Westcott Tim Westcott Director – Research and Analysis, Programming, IHS Markit
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The latest auction for rights to the Premier League, which saw a 70% increase in the value of live rights from 2016/17, underlines the continuing importance of premium sports in driving pay TV. If there were any doubts about whether Sky could maintain its leadership of the UK pay TV market without exclusive rights to the league, they were removed by Sky’s willingness to hike its contribution to the new deal by 85% to prevent rival BT from increasing its share. The question now is how Sky will fund the new deal, and how BT’s pay TV strategy will be affected. The report also compares the UK to five other European markets to identify where live league football sits among the offerings of the leading pay TV platforms.

List of tables and charts:

  • UK: quarterly RGUs net additions by operator (Q3 2010-2014)
  • Cost per subscriber of football league rights (€)
  • Pay TV penetration in 2014 by technology (%)
  • Live rights deals for European football leagues (€m)
  • UK: quarterly RGUs net additions by operator (Q3 2010-2014)
  • UK: Premier League subscription packages (£) – from Tables – packages tab
  • UK: Premier League table – from Tables – rights tab
  • UK Multiplay chart
  • Italy: Serie A subscription packages (£) – from Tables – packages tab
  • Italy: Serie A table – from Tables – rights tab
  • Italy Multiplay chart
  • Germany: Bundesliga subscription packages (£) – from Tables – packages tab
  • Germany: Bundesliga table – from Tables – rights tab
  • Germany Multiplay chart
  • Spain: Primera Liga subscription packages (£) – from Tables – packages tab
  • Spain: Primera Liga table – from Tables – rights tab
  • Spain Multiplay chart
  • France: Ligue 1 subscription packages (£) – from Tables – packages tab
  • France: Ligue 1 table – from Tables – rights tab
  • France Multiplay chart
  • Netherlands: Eredivisie subscription packages (£) – from Tables – packages tab
  • Netherlands: Eredivisie table – from Tables – rights tab
  • Netherlands Multiplay chart

Number of pages: 14

Number of charts and tables: 23

Tim Westcott

Director – Research and Analysis, Programming, IHS Markit

Mr. Tim Westcott is a director of research and analysis for Programming at IHS Markit.

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