ESPN plans to stay in the studio

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ESPN will broadcast Premier League matches in Britain from a London-based studio rather than live from the grounds, using a channel previously dedicated to American sports. ESPN, owned by The Walt Disney Co, acquired the rights to televise 46 matches next season and 23 in each of the following three after the Irish broadcaster Setanta collapsed last month. The matches will be aired on the British ESPN channel, previously known as ESPN America, it was announced yesterday. The channel will continue showing American sports.

ESPN's Premier League content will be produced by Sky Sports, which has the rights to air the majority of matches. But ESPN will have its own commentators and graphics. Viewers will have to pay up to £12 a month to receive the channel.