Bournemouth's home match with Crystal Palace on Saturday, June 20, 2019 was a landmark moment in the history of English football.

The match was the first time a top-flight game was shown on free-to-air TV here in the UK since 1988.

The 2021/22 Premier League season, however, will restart again under old terms. The action will once again be back behind the Sky Sports, BT Sport, and Amazon paywall.

So just how much will access to all 200 live games set you back?

Sky Sports' "Summer Of Sports" package is currently priced at £41 per month, which, added to the cheapest £15 a month option from BT equates an overall monthly cost of £56.

Multiplying this number by the ten months of the season equals £560 - a figure more expensive than actual season tickets at multiple Premier League clubs including Everton, Leeds, Southampton and Leicester.

This also doesn't include the 20 matches shown live on Amazon Prime Video although, if we're being generous, these are accessible with no cost by using a free 30-day trial.

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It's also fair to mention that this number represents better value for money for fans of clubs in European competition, where matches will once again be exclusive to BT, who will also broadcast coverage of the Emirates FA Cup.

Sky Sports' coverage of European football has dwindled in recent years, as services like Premier Sports have come in and snapped up rights to competitions such as La Liga. Their model instead remains focused in having the most Premier League matches (128) - and they do also have exclusivity over the Carabao Cup.

The last thing mentioning though is that most deals from Sky and BT tie customers down a fixed-term contract - this is usually 18 months for Sky and 24 months for BT Sport.

The £560 cost is instead actually closer to between £1,000 and £1,350.

Are there more flexible options?

Both Sky and BT's introduction of contract-free options is perhaps a guilty admission that their fixed-term services aren't for everybody.

Sky Sports have offered NOW TV as a short-term option for a number of years now, while BT also joined in on the act with the introduction of their Monthly Pass, priced at £25.