Chelsea take on Brighton in their first Premier League game of the 2020/21 season.
LONDON — The English Premier League announced Thursday that it has signed a one-year broadcast deal with China’s Tencent Sports after a previous deal with a Chinese streaming service collapsed as a result of the pandemic.
“From Saturday 19 September, supporters in China will be able to watch all 372 remaining Premier League matches live,” the Premier League said in a statement on its website after the Financial Times broke the story.
Half of the soccer matches will be free to watch on Tencent Sports while the other half will only be available to those with a Tencent Sports membership.
The Premier League said supporters will also be able to get updates and news about clubs and players via Tencent’s digital platforms, including WeChat, QQ.com, Tencent Video, Penguin Live App, Tencent News App, Tencent Sports App and Kan Dian.
Around the same time, the Premier League was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The value of the deal with Tencent has not been disclosed but the Financial Times reports that it is less than the deal with PPTV, citing sources familiar with the matter.
The new season commenced on Saturday.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said in a statement: