The UK-based satellite channel will replace Sky Sports in showing the fourth-round onward in the New Year, with BBC Scotland retaining a certain percentage of free-to-air matches.
At the moment, the Scottish Premiership’s TV rights is split between Sky and BT Sports, meaning if you’re a Scottish football fan keen on watching every competition you’d need to fork out for three different subscription services, with Premier Sports stating on their website that their current price is £9.99 per-month.
Aside from having to shell out even more money every month, some supporters have also mentioned the quality of Premier Sports, which hasn’t always been regarded in the highest standard in the past.
All in all, the reaction to the deal doesn’t make for great reading for the Scottish footballing hierarchy:
I can’t believe the SFA have sold Scottish Cup rights to Premier Sports. They are an absolute joke of an outfit with no regards for the fans. Alan MacRae needs emptied immediately. Btw, Premier Sports is basically Setanta. The mob that fucked our game over previously. #Shambles
— Gavin Campbell (@Swavinho) November 12, 2018
Great news. I didn't think I was paying enough for my TV package.
— James Main (@jamesdmain) November 12, 2018
Looking forward to seeing my next Scottish cup game in 7 years https://t.co/t5eHp74WR0
— Andy (@iEmpire_Andy) November 12, 2018
So the Scottish Cup will now be viewed on a dodgy connection that cuts out half the time.
A dodgy Internet stream is literally better than Premier Sports
— Scott #LetsGo (@st2oh) November 12, 2018
Six year of this then! pic.twitter.com/QL8tt1wHVH
— Colin Armstrong (@moonman1873) November 12, 2018
How the fuck has premier sport got the rights to the Scottish cup, cunts in charge of our game are fucking hopeless man
— McLaren (@McLaren_67) November 12, 2018
Sky losing the Scottish Cup rights to fucking Premier Sports 😭😭
— call me on my (@spunkphone) November 12, 2018
Delighted Scottish Cup games will be televised on Premier Sports. Said no one. Ever.
— Top Six Next Year (@TopSixNextYear) November 12, 2018
So we've to pay a Sky sub, Sky Sports sub, BT sub now a Setanta 2 sub? pic.twitter.com/JCDplOjgKv
— Danny OnlyAnExcuse (@OnlyAnExcuse) November 12, 2018
Never mind the free to air trumpeting. Scottish football fans are now having to fork out for a third TV package in order to watch the Scottish Cup. Ludicrous stuff.
— keith jackson (@tedermeatballs) November 12, 2018
What do you think of the deal?