THE English Premier League will be televised live and free for the first time.
Thanks to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, the most followed soccer competition in the country will be shown to the public without any costs.
During the announcement yesterday, FBC chief executive Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said it took them a considerable amount of time and negotiations to finalise the deal for the broadcasting rights.
He said majority of the people in Fiji could not afford to pay to watch the competition and FBC took that into consideration.
"The first game will be televised on October 20 and we will show two live matches per week," he said.
"Also on weekends, two highlight packages will also be aired."
He said they would select the matches based on the popularity of the teams in the country and their standing on the points table.
"So we will show 62 games till the end of the season next year. Also the EPL is not easy or cheap to acquire and so the contract is for one season only."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the support of the sponsors would determine whether they would be able to continue televising the EPL for the next few years.
"Support from the sponsors is extremely vital to sustain something like this and we hope to get considerable support from sponsors.
"If you are interesting in the EPL and want the people of the country to watch it, please get behind us and also come down to FBC on October 13 to sign up for a package."
He added they wanted to secure next season's rights early so that they could start showing games from the very beginning of the season.