Big change coming to live streaming of Plymouth Argyle games next season

Argyle TV will no longer offer domestic live video coverage of the club's EFL matches as a result of the five-year rights agreement between the league and Sky Sports which starts next season.

However, audio services will remain on iFollow or club streaming services such as Argyle TV, alongside existing audio-visual arrangements for international audiences. The new £935 million deal between the EFL and Sky Sports was agreed last May but has been highly publicised by the league and the clubs over recent days.

In total, 1,059 EFL matches are set to be broadcast across existing Sky Sports channels or live via a Sky Sports streaming destination available on TV and mobile devices.

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The new rights agreement represents a 50 per cent increase on the value of the current deal and, according to the league, will see significantly enhanced exposure for all EFL clubs provided through on-air and digital support from Sky Sports to promote EFL competitions, clubs, and community initiatives.

Each season from 2025/25, Sky Sports will broadcast a minimum of:

  • 328 Sky Bet Championship matches

  • 248 Sky Bet League One matches

  • 248 Sky Bet League Two matches

  • All 15 Play-Off matches

  • All 93 Carabao Cup matches

  • All 127 EFL Trophy matches

Each league weekend fixture round will see 10 live EFL fixtures shown. Five matches will be shown from the Championship and five from League One and League Two. For the first time ever, fans will be also able to watch every match from the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy.

All opening, final day, and midweek fixtures in the EFL will be shown live, as will all games played on Bank Holidays including Easter, Boxing Day and New Year's Day alongside the matches played in League One and League Two during international breaks.

The league have stated that despite the loss of domestic streaming EFL clubs as a collective will be 'significantly better off than if they maintained the current combined arrangement of linear broadcasting and individual club streaming', given the 50 per cent rise in right values across the duration of the new deal.

With the substantial increase in the number of live matches, Sky Sports and the EFL will introduce a new commitment for clubs and fans which will provide longer notice periods on TV selections.

The defined notice periods will enable clubs and fans to plan further in advance and this will include the placement of all live matches selected for broadcast for the period to FA Cup third round before the start of the season. Greater parity in the number of times that clubs are selected for TV coverage is also guaranteed.

Sky Sports will have a minimum of eight cameras for each game broadcast on existing channels. For matches available to stream, Sky commentary will be provided and a minimum of four cameras will be used at Championship and League One matches, and a minimum of two cameras in League Two.

The new deal allows for 'Article 48', the blocked broadcast period between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturday afternoons to remain, meaning that main broadcast fixtures will be scheduled for outside of this time.

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