Sky Sports and BT Sport demand controversial pay-per-view service is scrapped

Sky and BT would happily see the Premier League’s pay-per-view service scrapped as it continues to see a huge backlash from fans.

The decision was made to show of top flight game live, a decision that both broadcasters were deeply unhappy about.

But after the government reverted on its decision to allow some fans back into stadiums the call was made by the Premier League to charge for certain games.

A £14.95 fee is now being charged for matches that are not being televised via the usual satellite subscription packages.

But neither broadcaster is making money from the amount being charged and are concerned about their reputations having been labelled as greedy.

Sky would happily see the pay-per-view service scrapped

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Thousands of fans have united in their disgust over the move and opted against paying the £14.95 fee, an amount that was set by the Premier League.

Sky Sports and BT Sport are fuming with the decision are only want to see their production costs covered.

A top Sky source has revealed that both companies would happily see the pay-per-view service binned as they continue to deal with the fallout.

He said: “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.

Newcastle United fans raised money for charity after choosing not to pay the £14.95 fee last weekend

“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.”

Sky also have no intention of taking advantage of the current socio-economic climate as the coronavirus pandemic forces parts of the country to go into a second lockdown.

The Sky Sports Box Office channel airs the games that are not included in their usual subscription, but they are reluctant to advertise them.

Viewing figures are not being made public but are said to be “mixed”.

Newcastle fans opted against paying for last weekend’s match against Manchester United and instead donated the funds to charity which saw them raise over £16,000.

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