All La Liga matches to be broadcast on UK TV channel Premier Sports costing £6 a month – The Sun
THE entire La Liga weekend will return to British television as part of a three-year deal to broadcast the Spanish top-flight signed by Premier Sports.
Fans will be happy that the division's somewhat tumultuous time on UK screens over the past 18 months has seemingly been settled – but they will have to fork out to subscribe to the full package.
Premier Sports is available at £11.99 per month or £99 per year, a fee providing access to, among others, their Serie A, Eredivisie and Nascar services.
But La Liga will become available for £5.99 per month, or £49 per year, when the standalone official La Liga TV channel launches as part of the Premier package in January.
It will mean nine live matches every gameweek are available in the UK with selected weekly matches going out on the free-to-air Free Sports channel, as well as a weekly highlights show.
Subscribers will initially be able to take in Spanish encounters on Premier this weekend before La Liga TV launches on the Premier Player OTT service in October and on Sky in January.
It is expected this will signal the end of ITV4 broadcasting a weekly game for free, an option they took up after La Liga's disastrous spell on streaming platform Eleven Sports.
Premier will still have to abide by the blackout on live football broadcasts between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturdays.
La Liga generally schedules one game a week for that slot, this week being Leganes vs Villarreal, meaning it will air as a delayed broadcast in the UK.
For fans with Premier already on their list of subscriptions, Tuesday's announcement was received with open arms but many were worried at how bills are mounting.
Mainstream sport in the UK can be taken in via Sky, BT, Premier and Amazon Prime, all of which require a unique subscription, and that's before internet giants such as Netflix make their claim for a stake.
Twitter user LMC wrote: "On another channel you have to pay for. La liga isn’t worth paying for."
Danny added: "It being on Sky was convenient, who was searching out games beyond the Clasicos and Madrid derbies? You watch it because it's already there, not pay extra for it."
While Robert noted: "I'm sad that we won't get a weekly ITV4 game. It was wonderful while it lasted."
Another fan, Sean, commented: "Great news."
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