The latest Premier League PPV matches have been announced for Matchweek 8 and once again it’s left fans furious on social media.
The Premier League can confirm the remaining broadcast arrangements in the United Kingdom for matches taking place over the weekend commencing Friday 6 November.
In addition to the live broadcast selections confirmed for that weekend, the remaining five matches will be available to supporters on a pay-per-view basis, shown via the BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.
In consultation with clubs, all elements of the pay-per-view service, including the price, will be reviewed ahead of Premier League matches returning after the international break later next month.
The revised kick-off times for fixtures in #PL Matchweek 8 have been decided
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 29, 2020
Friday 6 November
17:30 Brighton v Burnley (Sky Sports Box Office)
Saturday 7 November
15:00 Crystal Palace v Leeds (BT Sport Box Office)
20:00 West Ham v Fulham (BT Sport Box Office)
Sunday 8 November
12:00 West Brom v Spurs (Sky Sports Box Office)
19:15 Arsenal v Aston Villa (Sky Sports Box Office)
Finally, the viewing figures have been revealed for Sky Sports’ PPV Premier League matches, with many fans choosing to boycott it.
Sky Sports and BT Sport are reportedly keen on scrapping the controversial pay-per-view structure, however it’s set to continue following further talks.
At nearly £15 per game, it’s no wonder that the matches have been watched by a significant lower audience than normal according to the new figures.
The British Audience Research Board (BARB) has released its latest estimates on TV audience figures – including Sky Box Office thankfully.
TV executive Joel Minsky has shared the number of how many chose to pay the £14.95 to watch their team in action on the box office, and it makes for interesting reading.
Newcastle United 4-1 defeat to Manchester United was the first game televised on the Sky Box Office, and it saw low audience numbers, attracting a total of just 40,000 viewers.
It’s said that half of that amount were estimated to have watched Leicester City lose 1-0 to Aston Villa, the second game to be shown on Sky’s special pay service.
There was an increase on the viewing figures, when 110,000 chose to tune in to Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United.
140,000 tuned in for Arsenal’s 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City on Sunday evening.
These figures come from BARB viewing estimates, with 5,300 households sampled and the figures extrapolated for the population.
Minsky points out that “sampling is very statistically sound and is considered a gold standard in the UK as well as globally for TV measurement.”
Manchester United’s bore draw with Chelsea on Saturday evening, which was on Sky Sports’ subscriber channels, averaged an audience of 1.7m viewers.
Another game with no goals, Burnley against West Brom, is said to have brought in just under 1,000 viewers.
The figures do not include BT Sport Box Office matches, which are not measured by BARB.
Both Sky and BT Sport have declined to share viewing data themselves.
According to the Daily Star, both Sky and BT want to pull the plug, with a Sky source telling the publication: “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.
“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.”
Various media outlets state that both broadcasters are keen to scrap pay per view games due to how unpopular they are with fans.
BARB estimates viewing figures rather than households watching things, not all of those viewers will translate into subscriber payments.
Box Office channels this weekend are scheduled to show Aston Villa vs Southampton; Tottenham vs Brighton on Sunday; Fulham vs West Brom in a Monday evening kick off.
Meanwhile, former footballer turned pundit Jamie Carragher hits out at Mike Ashley after his shock statement which was issued on Monday night ahead of the PPV decision on Tuesday.
The former Liverpool and England player has laid into the Newcastle United owner’s intervention in the Premier League pay-per-view as “laughable”.
Mike Ashley released a surprising statement on Monday evening, urging for the end of the £14.95 pay-per-view game arrangement which was agreed earlier this month for matches not chosen by broadcasters. You can find out more on that much talked about story HERE.
Fans reacted as the latest Premier League PPV matches were announced…
Every single one of those games is utter shit, can’t see this carrying on much longer
— Joey (@Joey_CFC) October 29, 2020
— Nicholas Carey (@CareyNicholas) October 29, 2020
That’s 4 PPV games in a row for Villa. No thanks.
— Stephen (@stephenfell0ws) October 29, 2020
So for the 4th game in a row we are on box office. Seriously how are they expecting normal people this close to Christmas to fork out 60 quid? #wba
— Matt Spencer (@spenna1988) October 29, 2020
4th PPV for WBA, bollocks to ya! I’m off to the championship next year anyway.
Tara ✊ #BoycottPPV
— Alex Stevens (@AlexWBAstevens) October 29, 2020
4 games in a row for villa on ppv. Absolute joke.
— Aaron (@Yung_A_G) October 29, 2020
Daylight robbery #BoycottPPV
— Tom Cowley (@TomC2312_AVFC) October 29, 2020
Taking the piss or what ?? #BoycottPPV
— john westwood ? (@wst1975) October 29, 2020