That means the broadcaster, while paying more, has actually lost 10 games and will only screen games now at Saturday lunchtime, a less attractive scenario than the more popular 5.30pm slot.
Sky has tightened its grip on English Premier League soccer rights at a lower price than it currently pays, fuelling speculation that Twenty-First Century Fox could now be forced to pay more to buy the broadcaster.
Dan Roan of BBC Sport has tweeted that "multiple bidders" are interested in the final two packages with one of the tech giants likely among them. These consist of 20 Bank holiday or midweek games each, per season.
The battle between BT and Sky reached new heights in 2015 after Sky spent around £1.392bn and BT splashed out £320m per season on a major Premier League TV football rights deal for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 seasons (here). Sky will pay £9.3 million per match, down from £11 million.
Sky said it was spending 16 percent less per game than under its present three-year deal.
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Sky will have the first pick of the weekend fixture, plus Saturday evening matches for the first time, while BT will have 20 second picks and 12 fifth picks from their 32 matches. But reports suggest both Sky and BT Sport have become increasingly financially stretched to justify pushing the price higher. Last time BT won 42 games for £960m, so it will pay £25m less per season but its cost per game has risen 21% to £9.2m.
And for the first time, Sky will televise Premier League games on Saturday nights, with a 7.45pm kick off time.
Commenting on the reduced £3.579bn the company is paying for its four prime packages, Stephen van Rooyen, Sky's United Kingdom chief executive, said they had taken a "disciplined approach".
The sudden ferocity of competition between Sky and BT Sport which boosted the Premier League clubs' coffers for the 2016-19 cycle has calmed a little after the two companies signed a deal in December which enables each to offer the other's channels on their platform. "Our disciplined approach means we continue to have the flexibility to invest in each of these areas as we choose, underlining our position as Europe's largest investor in content".
"To have achieved this investment with two packages of live rights remaining to sell is an outcome that is testament to the excellent football competition delivered by the clubs".