SBD/January 24, 2013/Media

News Int'l Inks Deal To Show EPL Highlights On Its Newspapers' Mobile, Web Sites

Sixty-second game clips will be available for a week after matchday
News Int'l has reached a three-year deal to show EPL "highlights on mobile and internet versions" of its London Sun, London Times and Sunday Times newspapers, according to Mark Sweney of the GUARDIAN. A source said that the deal is "worth more than" US$31.6M. News Int'l titles now will be able to "present up to eight 30-second clips of key moments during live matches via mobile devices -- except for games played on Saturday at 3pm, which will be allowed to be shown from 5:15pm that day." Clips of "up to 60-seconds from each game will also be available from Monday mornings for a week after matchday via the papers' respective digital platforms." Meanwhile, EPL radio rights "are yet to be auctioned" (GUARDIAN, 1/23). REUTERS' Keith Weir notes the rights previously were "divided between" Yahoo for online and ESPN for mobile devices. Yahoo "sold clips on to a number of British newspapers who are now set to lose that access." BSkyB also said that it had agreed to "a new three-year deal" with the EPL to "show extended highlights of games not screened live." The agreement will allow Sky to "continue to show its Football First highlights programme on a Saturday night" (REUTERS, 1/24).
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