OTT & Digital

Ziggo retains Premier League rights until 2022

Dutch channel secures live matches for pay-TV and OTT customers.

by Steven Impey

Ziggo retains Premier League rights until 2022

Dutch pay-TV channel Ziggo Sport has retained Premier League broadcasting rights until 2022. 

The broadcaster, which is co-owned by telelcoms companies Liberty Global and Vodafone, has held exclusive rights to English soccer’s top-tier coverage in the Netherlands since 2016.

It will continue to air live matches and highlights to subscribers of its television and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, as well as the Ziggo Sport Totaal payment package via third-party distributors.

"The Premier League is very popular with Dutch football fans,” said Paul Molnar, the Premier League’s director of broadcasting.

“Ziggo Sport ensures every week that the whole of the Netherlands has the opportunity to experience the competition from close by. We are therefore very pleased that Ziggo Sport will remain our exclusive partner for the next three seasons.”

As well as European soccer, Ziggo Sport announced last month that it will continue to host Formula One coverage on the channel until 2021 and has also expanded its hockey portfolio to the men’s and women’s World Hockey Championships in 2022, in addition to a new rights agreement with the PGA Tour.

“Over the past few months we have managed to achieve our most important broadcasting rights, the Formula One and the English Premier League, and we have also expanded our package,” said Will Moerer, director of Ziggo Sport.

“In the coming years, our customers can continue to enjoy the UEFA Champions League, the Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A, in addition to the Premier League.”