Mediapro prepares PPV net for soccer

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MADRID -- Spanish media powerhouse Mediapro is set to launch a TV channel devoted to pay-per-view soccer matches next season, offering the top 16 Spanish professional league games each month for about 1 euro($1.57) per game.

The channel will be available through DTT and cable platforms, according to statements Mediapro president Jaume Roures made Tuesday on a Barcelona-based radio station.

"You won't have to pay a fee, but only pay for the game you want to see, without paying for any other device," Roures said on RAC1.

Mediapro is the controlling shareholder of fledgling free-to-air channel La Sexta.

Mediapro owns most of the professional league's broadcast rights starting in 2009/10, including the coveted rights to titans Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, which it pulled out from under pay TV stalwart Sogecable in 2007, unleashing a bitter soccer rights war.

Authorities stepped in to safeguard the public's right to watch the Spanish league's games and the two camps have been reluctantly divvying up the most lucrative matches throughout the season.

Mediapro also holds the rights to Formula 1 racing for the next five years, which it says it will air on La Sexta.

Calls to Mediapro were not returned.
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