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[intro] 'That's a goal', as Partridge would say – BT will be showing a third of next season's live Premiership matches on its pay-per-view Vision s

[intro] 'That's a goal', as Partridge would say – BT will be showing a third of next season's live Premiership matches on its pay-per-view Vision service[/intro]

'That's a goal', as Partridge would say – BT will be showing a third of next season's live Premiership matches on its pay-per-view Vision service. That could be the end of my Sky contract.

It's significant news because, for the first time, armchair fans have got an alternative to signing up for an extortionate monthly Sky Sports contract. BT Vision is far from free – you need the £90 Philips set-top box and a BT Broadband contract – but is a tempting alternative considering the growing range of on-demand content, which also includes Warner Bros films.

BT and Setanta – the Irish broadcaster which bought rights to the Saturday 5.15pm and Monday 8pm games from the Premier League – haven't yet said how much each game will cost but, whatever the price, Sky will still be top dog for hardcore watchers. It still has rights for most of the games, and offers Setanta on its pay TV channel.

If you want a compromise, though, here's my suggestion – sign up for BT Vision to get access to the Saturday and Monday games, then watch Sky's matches for free at your local. Perfect.