The Premier League is set to return on June 17 and, for the first time since the league was created in 1992, some matches will be broadcast free-to-air.
Sky Sports will show 25 of their 64 live matches in the remainder of the 2019-20 season for free, while the BBC will also broadcast four matches.
That provides a significant boost the supporters who have been waiting patiently for the return of the season and the feast of live coverage is a landmark for Premier League football.
Never before have Premier League matches been available to watch for free and the standard 3pm Saturday blackout has been lifted for the remainder of the season, representing another milestone.
But what matches can you watch for free and how many will be available on free-to-air? We have gathered everything you need to know.
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How many matches will be shown for free?
Sky Sports will make 25 of their remaining 64 televised matches in the 2019/20 season available free-to-air, the first time the subscription-based product has been available for no fee.
The BBC will also televise four matches for free, bringing the total of free-to-air matches available to supporters to 29 – almost a third of the 92 remaining matches in the Premier League season.
What matches are being shown for free?
Sky Sports has confirmed that their first match available for free will be the highly-anticipated Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool, as the Reds close in on their first Premier League title.
No further announcements have been made about which matches will be available but more details are expected soon.
What has the BBC said?
“This opportunity creates an historic moment for the BBC and our audiences,” director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater said.
“At a time when sports fans across the country are in need of a lift, this is very welcome news.”
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker said he was delighted, adding: “That’s a first in Premier League history. That’s something for us to be excited about, actually covering a live Premier League game.”
What has Sky Sports said?
Sky CEO and EVP, UK and Europe, Stephen van Rooyen said: “The return of live sport is a big moment for the country, and we want the nation to join us. Sky has partnered with the Premier League clubs for nearly thirty years, and the strength of our partnership has never been more important.
“Our commitment to showing 25 matches ‘free to air’ for the first time in the history of Sky Sports recognises the unique times we are in, and our desire to play our part.
“We have developed some terrific new innovations to give football fans the very best experience of watching live sport, when going to the match with family and friends isn’t possible, and we look forward to sharing these with football fans shortly.”
What has the government said?
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed that sport will be able to return imminently and stated he set two ‘two challenges’ for the return of Premier League football.
“First, that a reasonable number of remaining Premier League games will be broadcast free-to-air,” he said.
“Second, that the financial benefits of returning will be shared throughout the entire football family.
“I’m glad to confirm today that a third of matches to finish the season will now be free to view including the Liverpool v Everton derby and live Premier League football will be on the BBC for the first time in its history.”