Football fans unhappy, but some feel EPL fee hike is 'inevitable'
Many football fans are angry over the 70 per cent increase in fees to watch the English Premier League (EPL) on TV, but some say the price hike is inevitable as the cost of such content has been rising globally.
Last Friday, SingTel announced that its standalone EPL channels will cost $59.90 per month, significantly higher than the previous $34.90 Sports+ bundle last season, which came with EPL, Champions League and other sports content.
Hours before SingTel's announcement, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim had rejected its appeal against the Media Development Authority's (MDA) cross-carriage ruling, which mandated that it shares its latest EPL broadcast rights with rival StarHub.
This means StarHub cable TV subscribers will be able to catch the next three seasons of EPL on their existing set-top boxes by paying the same $59.90 to SingTel, like mioTV subscribers.