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Sky, BT secure Premier League rights in Ireland

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Sky and BT have secured new deals with the Premier League for more than 150 live matches per year for broadcast in the Republic of Ireland.

Mirroring deals agreed for the UK last year, Sky Ireland will be able to air 116 live games per year in Ireland, and BT will show 38 live games a year on its new BT Sport operation.

The deals start this August for the beginning of the 2013/14 season, and run until 2015/16.

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BT has less games, but 18 of its matches are the prestige 'first picks', around half of those available.

Sky's live match allocation includes 38 Saturday 5.30pm kickoffs, 26 1.30pm kickoffs on Sundays, 26 Sunday at 4pm kickoffs, and a further 26 matches that will be "mainly Monday 8.30pm kickoffs".

Sky has also been awarded live rights across multiple platforms, meaning it will be able to offer the coverage through the Sky Go service on various devices. It is unclear at present whether BT will offer a similar service.

BT TV chief executive Marc Watson said: "We are delighted that we'll be able to offer viewers in the Republic of Ireland the same fantastic live games from the Barclays English Premier League that we'll be offering in the UK. We've secured 38 live matches, and 18 of them are the 'first pick' top-quality matches."

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Newcastle United during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates stadium, London, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

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Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates a goal



Sky Sports managing director Barney Watson said that the rights deal means Sky Sports "remains the home of the Barclays Premier League in Ireland".

"With more live matches than ever before, our Irish viewers can enjoy an unrivalled choice of the biggest and best games across Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons and Monday nights," he said.

"Sky Sports Irish viewers can enjoy Premier League football in HD, 3D and online as well as across mobile and tablet devices. Combined with our already unrivalled portfolio of sports, there has never been a better time to subscribe to Sky Sports in Ireland."

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore added: "We are extremely pleased that BSkyB and BT have invested in our live rights in the Republic of Ireland.

"We look forward to working with them, and are confident they will broadcast the Barclays Premier League in a comprehensive and innovative manner that will showcase the competition to our many fans across Ireland."

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