ESPN to start showing Premier League clips online after ESN ends Singtel deal

Sports channel ESPN is to start airing English Premier League highlights online just months after Eleven Sports Network pulled the plug on streaming matches in Singapore.

The US-based sports company has partnered with Singtel– which already has the rights to air live coverage of the Premier League on the telco’s television network – to show excerpt from the EPL on its digital channels.

Although live coverage will remain on the TV,  viewers will be able to watch match highlights, recaps and moments such as goal of the week on ESPN’s website.

ESPN head of South East Asia Joyee Biswas said: “We are thrilled to work with Singtel to deliver these exciting video clips to fans on their phones and computers, enhancing their engagement with English Premier League football. As the number one football site in Singapore, and the number one digital network in Southeast Asia, we look forward to taking Southeast Asia’s football fans closer to the game than ever before.”

The deal follows the British-based streaming provider ESN’s decision to take the English Premier League off its site in June due to concerns over piracy.

The company had a multi-year deal with Singtel to stream a selection of EPL matches for an affordable rate of S$19.90 a month. However, ESN’s managing director Shalu Wasu recently told Today the scale of piracy made it “extremely challenging” for the company to increase and maintain subscriptions in Singapore.

The deal also gave M1, StarHub and Toggle customers the option to watch the game for the same price, through the reselling of the content by Eleven.

Currently the complete EPL package – providing all the live matches – is available only from Singtel and is priced at S$59.90 a month.


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