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PremPlus
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Launched 19 August 2001
Closed 6 May 2007
Owned by BSkyB
Audience share 0.1% (April 2007, [1])
Formerly called Sky Premiership Plus (to 1 July 2004)
Website www.sky.com/sports

PremPlus or Premiership Plus was Sky Sports' first and only pay-per-view channel, which was dedicated to airing live and interactive Premiership football from the Premier League. The main presenter on PremPlus was Marcus Buckland with former Arsenal manager George Graham, providing punditry.

History

Prem Plus was launched on 19 August 2001, showing 40 pay-per-view matches from the English Premier League. The first match featured Chelsea v Newcastle United[1]. The name Premiership Plus had run throughout the 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons before being shortened to PremPlus for the beginning of the 2004–05 season. Also, from the start of 2004–05, PremPlus showed 50 live PPV matches, an increase of 10 compared to previous seasons.

PremPlus failed to live up to Sky's expectations as few British football fans were willing to pay for individual matches on top of paying a monthly subscription for other matches. After six seasons on air it closed down at the end of the 2006-07 football season having broadcast 270 matches live and exclusive from the English Premier League. The last ever game shown on PremPlus was Aston Villa v Sheffield United. This marked the end, at least for the time being, of attempts to introduce pay-per-view into the British sports television market, outside of infrequent boxing matches.

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PremPlus
Launched 19 August 2001
Closed 6 May 2007
Owned by BSkyB
Audience share 0.1% (April 2007, [1])
Formerly called Sky Premiership Plus (to 1 July 2004)
Website www.sky.com/sports

PremPlus or Premiership Plus was Sky Sports' first and only pay-per-view channel, which was dedicated to airing live and interactive Premiership football from the Premier League. The main presenter on PremPlus was Marcus Buckland with former Arsenal manager George Graham, providing punditry.

History

Prem Plus was launched on 19 August 2001, showing 40 pay-per-view matches from the Premier League. The first match featured Chelsea v Newcastle United[1]. The name Premiership Plus had run throughout the 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons before being shortened to PremPlus for the beginning of the 2004–05 season. Also, from the start of 2004–05, PremPlus showed 50 live PPV matches, an increase of 10 compared to previous seasons.

Matches could be purchased singly by telephone or, in later seasons, interactively through the TV, and a season ticket for all matches in a season was available at a substantial discount.

there was a premplus 2 channel. but that was only on ntl. it closed when premplus stopped broadcasting. in 2006 premplus HD lunched with the other HD channels on sky. it was replaced by sky sports HDX when premplus stopped broadcasting.

PremPlus failed to live up to Sky's expectations[citation needed] as few British football fans were willing to pay for individual matches on top of paying a monthly subscription for other matches[citation needed]. After six seasons on air it closed down at the end of the 2006-07 football season having broadcast 270 matches live and exclusive from the English Premier League. The last ever game shown on PremPlus was Aston Villa v Sheffield United. This marked the end, at least for the time being, of attempts to introduce pay-per-view into the British sports television market, outside of infrequent boxing matches.

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