Sports Extra customers to get every LaLiga match at no extra cost
New LaLiga TV channel was initially due to cost extra but pricing structure has changed
Sports Extra customers will be able to watch Barcelona and Lionel Messi every week. Photo: Eric Alonso/Getty Images
Sports Extra customers will be able to watch every La Liga match for no extra cost from Wednesday, January 29th after a change in the pricing structure of the new LaLiga TV channel was announced on Monday.
The new channel was initially due to be offered as a Premier Sports standalone subscription, separate from Sports Extra, for the cost of €5.99 per month. However, it was announced on Monday that it will now be included in the Sports Extra package which is available exclusively to Sky Ireland customers.
The Sports Extra pack also includes BT Sport 1, 2 and 3, ESPN and Premier Sports 1 and 2. For customers who already have Sky Sports the package costs €10 a month extra while those who are Sky TV customers but do not subscribe to Sky Sports will pay €17 a month for the first six months and €34 a month after that.
Sports Extra only be available to customers who are signed up to Sky as their TV provider. It is not necessary to have Sky Sports, but a Sky box is needed to access the package.
Customers who are subscribed to Sky Sports and Sports Extra already receive every televised Premier League match, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and the Carabao Cup with every La Liga match now being added to that.
LaLiga TV is a 24-hour channel which broadcasts every match live each weekend at 10 separate kick-off times with the Saturday afternoon match broadcasting exclusively in Ireland as it cannot be shown in the UK due to blackout laws.
The channel has been free to all Sky customers for the last two weeks but will become exclusively part of the Sports Extra package from Wednesday.
Premier - which is owned by Dublin businessman and Setanta Sports co-founder Mickey O’Rourke - has been showing LaLiga matches on their main channels since September after the league’s deal with Eleven Sports came to an end following the conclusion of the 2018/19 season.
LaLiga has operated individual kick-off times for a number of years meaning that no two matches clash - they are spread across the weekend from Friday night to Sunday night. In the UK the Saturday afternoon kick-off will not be available to watch live due to broadcasting laws. That will not be the case in Ireland as those laws do not apply here - this enables Premier to show a live Premier League match at 3pm each Saturday.
The channel will also carry live analysis, debate and highlights programmes every day of the week with former Sky Sports pundits Graham Hunter and Guillem Balague alongside former Tottenham striker Gus Poyet, former Chelsea midfielder Gaizka Mendieta, former Arsenal defender Lauren and others.
Upcoming LaLiga fixtures
Saturday 1st February
o Granada vs. Espanyol · 12:00 pm GMT
o Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid · 3:00 pm GMT
o Real Mallorca vs. Real Valladolid · 5:30 pm GMT
o Villareal vs. Osasuna · 5:30 pm GMT
o Valencia vs. Celta Vigo · 8:00 pm GMT
Sunday 2nd February
o Leganés vs. Real Sociedad · 11:00 am GMT
o Eibar vs. Real Betis · 1:00 pm GMT
o Athletic Club vs. Getafe · 3:00 pm GMT
o Sevilla vs. Alavés · 5:30 pm GMT
o Barcelona vs. Levante · 8:00 pm GMT
Friday 7th February
o Real Valladolid vs. Villareal · 8:00 pm GMT
Saturday 8th February
o Levante vs. Leganés · 12:00 pm GMT
o Getafe vs. Valencia · 3:00 pm GMT
o Alavés vs. Eibar · 5:30 pm GMT
o Atlético Madrid vs. Granada · 8:00 pm GMT
Sunday 9th February
o Espanyol vs. Real Mallorca · 11:00 am GMT
o Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Club · 1:00 pm GMT
o Osasuna vs. Real Madrid · 3:00 pm GMT
o Celta Vigo vs. Sevilla · 5:30 pm GMT
o Real Betis vs. Barcelona · 8:00 pm GMT
Friday 14th February
o Granada vs. Real Valladolid · 8:00 pm GMT
Saturday 15th February
o Real Mallorca vs. Alavés · 12:00 pm GMT
o Barcelona vs. Getafe · 3:00 pm GMT
o Villareal vs. Levante · 5:30 pm GMT
o Valencia vs. Atlético Madrid · 8:00 pm GMT
Sunday 16th February
o Sevilla vs. Espanyol · 11:00 am GMT
o Leganés vs. Real Betis · 1:00 pm GMT
o Eibar vs. Real Sociedad · 3:00 pm GMT
o Athletic Club vs. Osasuna · 5:30 pm GMT
o Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo · 8:00 pm GMT