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Virgin Asks Ofcom To Probe Premier League Tv Costs - Hurts The Consumer!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29426570

Virgin Media has asked broadcast regulator Ofcom to open an investigation into the way that the Premier League sells the TV rights to its live football games.

The cable firm says the auction process is driving up prices for fans and causing "significant consumer harm".

"UK fans pay the highest prices in Europe to watch football on TV," said Virgin Media.

Ofcom said it was "considering" the issue.

Virgin Media, owned by Liberty Global, said earlier this year that it did not plan to bid in the next auction.

Won't someone think of the transfer fees, the agents on the skim and the players wages...

This is economic heresy talking about pushing up costs!!!

Edited by interestrateripoff

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Branson will have as much interest in football supporters as he has in his Virgin bank's savers including child savers - using them as he does to help to fund his jollies and jaunts into outer space.

Edited by billybong

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IMHO The football bubble is spectacular....can it continue? Will it level off ?

Would you put £100pcm to line foreign, or English for that matter, football players wages pockets ?

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The local used to have it piped in via some Turkish channel. Hasn't in a few years. I guess another adjustment the 'free market' tories pursued was to finish off any competition in the satellite arena.

That said, anyone who pays anything to watch a load of petty thugs and would be criminals kick a ball around deserves to be ripped off!

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It is all online for free anyway. Why would anyone pay?

Bragging rights? Isnt the range rover evoque basically a tarted up Ford Focus on heels? People still buy that. Of the few friends I have that have 'made it' (ie have a decent income), they all have Sky that they never watch, gym membership they never use, but, well, the neighbours have sky, so we must too.

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You can watch it for free on BBC and BT not to mention livestreams.

Before Sky you had pretty much zero live football on TV and i didnt see Branson take the gamble that Murdoch did back in 1991.

I for one hope the Branson stays in f'en space next year.

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It is all online for free anyway. Why would anyone pay?

Mainly cos the free streams are poor quality and liable to be blocked with zero notice. Also I believe they are illegal.

Surprising Virgin are doing this because they had a £150 Sports Season Ticket for the ten months of the football season, so their offering is significantly cheaper. I was going to just get the Now TV passes as and when required for £11/week, but I figured with all the Champions League games and most recently the GAA it would be worthwhile stumping up the £150 in advance. And because I have Tivo, I can always delay my viewing until the kids go to bed. So that's why I pay.

The bigger rip off is BT Sport. £15/month on Virgin for one Premier League game a week at best; none between 8th and 29th November, whilst Sky have half a dozen plus European games and internationals .

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