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Fox to show big 6 EPL clubs on delay

  • Fox to show big 6 EPL clubs on delay

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Leicester reacts to Leicester City's Premier League Title Success on May 03, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Some English Premier League games will be showed on approximately a 12-hour delay on Foxtel from next season.

While the pay-TV giant's rights to the game in Australia have long seen each game televised live, next season's television deal between Optus and the EPL means soccer fans will need to sign up with the telco to watch matches.

In response, Foxtel have added Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United's television networks to their package of channels, while they will also have dedicated programming from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hostpur.

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It means fans of other clubs will only be able to watch their team when they play against one of the big six clubs in the EPL, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, which could prove problematic if another team such as Leicester City makes a dream run at the title.

Saturday night matches will be available for viewing from 1pm on Sundays.

However Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said it was still a win for fans.

"Our new EPL club partners are global brands in their own right and have large groups of dedicated supporters in Australia making up more than 75 per cent of the English football fan base here," Tonagh said.

"Our customers will now have access to commentary, analysis, insight and behind the scenes action they've never seen before."

Optus' coverage of the EPL is only available as part of a bundle with mobile phone or broadband services - and at extra cost for plans valued at less than $85 per month.

Optus secured the exclusive digital and broadcast rights to the EPL in Australia last November, shocking rivals with a reported $189 million bid.

One live match per round will still be shown on SBS.

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