Cyprus Mail

Still in the dark on Premier League coverage

SUBSCRIBERS of local pay channel LTV remain in the dark as to whether they will be able to watch English Premier League football from next week.

The channel, which no longer shows Formula One racing, is in danger of losing a large number of subscribers if it does not renew its contract to show English football.

Following last week’s article in the Cyprus Mail, which informed readers that the channel might not be able to purchase the rights for the Premier League, a number of LTV subscribers called in to express their dissatisfaction.

Every caller said that they would be stopping their subscription if LTV did not secure the rights to the Premiership for the 2013-2014 season, stating it was the only reason they paid the fee every month to have the channel.

With no news so far as to what the plan is for next season and how close LTV was to securing the rights, the Cyprus Mail called LTV chief George Xinaris in an attempt to get to the bottom of the issue.

Following last week’s ‘no comment’ this week the Mail was told: “I cannot talk” before Xinaris hung up the phone.

However it is understood that the channel is doing its best to secure some form of rights, although it is not clear if it will have the rights to all of the matches like last season or just one or two every weekend.

Arabic subscriber channel Al Jazeera has recently regained the rights to show the Premier League in the middle-east and those with decoder’s and satellite dishes will be able to pick up the channel which is transmitted through Hotbird and Nilesat satellites.

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