A deal which could allow Freeview digital customers to watch Premiership football next season without a Sky subscription will not be available in pubs.
The Setanta deal for £11 a month, expected to be announced this week, will only be available for domestic customers. The Irish broadcaster has secured the rights to 46 Monday night and Saturday evening games, which are not available on Sky next season, for domestic viewers.
However, as reported last year, Sky and Setanta have struck a deal over providing games to non-domestic viewers. "As announced last May, Sky have acquired the rights to make Setanta's 46 live Barclays Premiership games per season available to Sky commercial customers as part of a Sky subscription from August 2007," a spokesman said. "Package and pricing information has yet to be released."
The Setanta package effectively replaces Sky's PremPlus package.
, which will be discontinued, but also includes Monday night games which used to form part of the regular Sky deal.
Fears remain Sky prices will still rise as it has had to fork out £1.3bn a year to show Premiership matches - a 28% increase, despite the fact it now only has two-thirds of the games.