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ESPN has announced it will launch a new channel next month to show the Premier League matches whose rights it bought following the collapse of pay-TV firm Setanta.


EPL was quick to re-sell rights when Setanta couldn't meet financial obligations




The US company purchased the rights for 46 live games when the British arm of Setanta went into administration a month ago.


From 3 August, the new channel will offer top-flight football alongside international sports and a wide-range of premium US sports previously provided on ESPN America, which will be integrated in the UK into the new channel.


It will be made available in both standard (SD) and high definition, making the UK-based channel the firm's first HD offering in Europe.


As part of the new arrangement, Sky News owner BSkyB will retail ESPN to both its residential and commercial customers.


ESPN will be available on a premium subscription basis to all Sky homes, which means all live Barclays Premier League matches will be available in HD to Sky homes.


Sky has confirmed that Sky Sports subscribers will be able to get ESPN for £9 per month while other Sky customers will be able to subscribe from £12 per month.


Sky Sports will produce its football games, but the coverage will use dedicated ESPN graphics and analysis.


The US broadcaster also plans to create original studio shows to support football and other sports coverage.


Lynne Frank of ESPN Europe said: "We hope football and sports fans will enjoy ESPN's compelling mix of Barclays Premier League football, international sports and the best of the US sports in both SD and HD."


Mike Darcey, Sky's chief operating officer, added: "Our agreement with ESPN to retail its portfolio of sports channels ensures that we have certainty of distribution of all live Premier League matches to Sky homes, and further adds to the high-quality sports content our customers can enjoy, both in standard- and high-definition.


"We are also delighted to provide support in the form of production, advertising sales and commercial retailing."

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