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The newly-announced deal will see FA Cup matches continue to be shown live on the BBC until , starting with the season, and will also include highlights and online clips.
As many as 18 fixtures a season will be televised, which is more than any before, and will include greater coverage of the early stages - with up to six live matches from across the first and second rounds. In comparison, BT Sport televises 30 matches a season, including the final, and both deals began last season and are due to run until BT is yet to announce their next agreement with the FA but it is likely they will continue to dominate the schedules, although the increase of free-to-air matches is a positive for football fans across the country amidst the rising prices of accessing the sport.