Premier League games available at lower price

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action during Euro 2016 last month. Online streaming provider Eleven's package offers three EPL live games and three delayed telecasts.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action during Euro 2016 last month. Online streaming provider Eleven's package offers three EPL live games and three delayed telecasts.PHOTO: REUTERS

Smaller package offers 6 football matches for $19.90 a month, for fans not keen on paying more

Fancy catching Wayne Rooney's bursting runs or Jamie Vardy's goal poaching exploits, but reluctant to pay nearly $60 a month?

Fans of the English Premier League (EPL) can now subscribe to a smaller package that offers a selection of football matches for $19.90 a month across various platforms, just in time for this season's kick-off tomorrow.

Telcos M1 and StarHub have joined national broadcaster Mediacorp’s Toggle online platform in offering the package, which features key matches streamed live over the Internet. 

This is the first time that EPL content is available in "a la carte" fashion, unlike past seasons when football fans had to shell out for complete packages that offer all the live matches. Singtel, which holds exclusive rights to EPL matches in Singapore, resold the rights to key matches to Eleven Sports Network in a deal announced in June.

M1, StarHub and Toggle are reselling the content bought by Eleven, which is a global sports content online streaming provider.

  • SOME LIVE GAMES THAT VIEWERS CAN CATCH

  • WEEK 1

    • Hull City v Leicester City

    • Southampton v Watford

    • Manchester City v Sunderland

    • AFC Bournemouth

    v Manchester United


    WEEK 2

    • Manchester United

    v Southampton

    • Burnley v Liverpool

    • West Ham United

    v AFC Bournemouth


    WEEK 3

    • Watford v Arsenal

    • Hull City

    v Manchester United

    • West Bromwich Albion

    v Middlesbrough


    WEEK 4

    • Manchester United

    v Manchester City

    • West Ham United v Watford

    • Liverpool v Leicester City


    WEEK 5

    • Chelsea v Liverpool

    • Watford

    v Manchester United

    • Southampton

    v Swansea City


    WEEK 6

    • Manchester United

    v Leicester City

    • Liverpool v Hull City

    • West Ham United

    v Southampton

The complete EPL package providing all the live matches is available only from Singtel, and costs $59.90 a month.

Viewers using StarHub's pay-TV set-top box can subscribe to the Singtel EPL package and ask for the content to be piped over from Singtel, as mandated by the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

Eleven's package offers three live games and three delayed telecasts - six different matches altogether each week - on its website at elevensports.sg or via the Eleven Sports app, which can be downloaded on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Fans can pay Eleven $19.90 a month directly.

But the telcos have thrown in extras to sweeten the deal.

M1 has bundled Eleven's EPL package with its 1Gbps fibre-broadband plan for $44.90 a month. On its own, M1's 1Gbps fibre-broadband plan costs $39 a month.

StarHub, on the other hand, lets mobile subscribers watch the matches via its website or the StarHub Go app without incurring any mobile data charges or depleting their mobile data allowance. Customers will be billed $19.90 a month by StarHub.

Fans will not be able to pick what matches they want to watch, as these are pre-selected by Eleven.

The line-up for the first six weeks has been fixed, with matches involving top clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal (see sidebar).

"We want our exhilarating sports content, including the best Premier League action, to be available at an affordable price to all fans," said Eleven Asia managing director Joyee Biswas.

Media and telecommunications lawyer Bryan Tan, from Pinsent Masons MPillay, said: "Consumers have more choices now, and that is a good thing."

But hardcore fans will want to catch all the action, and "only time will tell" whether consumers will like the matches that are chosen for them, he added.

Producer Joe Peter, 37, who has a busy work schedule, likes Eleven's offerings. "Catching the key matches is good enough for me," he said.

Correction note: This article has been edited for clarity.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2016, with the headline 'Premier League games available at lower price'. Print Edition | Subscribe