Amazon confirms purchase of Premier League rights package

Posted June 08, 2018

This isn't the first time Amazon has dipped its toe in broadcasting live sport after having bagged the rights to stream the US Open and ATP World Tour tennis tournaments, as well as select National Football League matches.

So, the upshot is that if you want to (lawfully) watch all the top flight matches being broadcast from 2019 onwards, you'll need a Sky Sports subscription (£70-odd per month all in), BT Sport (£50-ish) and Amazon Prime.

However that proved not to be the case, with Sky taking four packages of the seven available and BT one, leaving two unsold.

The amount Amazon paid to secure exclusive Premier League footage has yet to be disclosed.

Amazon have paid for two full rounds of fixtures a season - the first December midweek round and the festive Bank Holiday round. The other 180 televised matches will be broadcast by Sky Sports and BT Sport, which have aired the Premier League in the past.

"The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world".

The move means that Amazon will add Premier League coverage to its existing stable of sports rights including US Open Tennis, ATP World Tour Tennis events and NFL games, all now available to watch on Prime Video in the UK.

They will also have a weekly highlights package. Fortunately Amazon Prime is considerably cheaper than both BT's or Sky's Sports packages.

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"We welcome Amazon as an exciting new partner and we know Prime Video will provide an excellent service on which fans can consume the Premier League", added Richard Scudamore, the league's executive chairman.

Sky will still show the most matches though, with a staggered 128.

The bix six clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - managed to get the necessary 14 votes out of the 20 to agree that from 2019/20, any increase in the current worldwide rights package, will be distributed according to league position and not equally distributed between all 20 clubs as it has been up to now.

The Premier League's last deal, agreed in 2015 and running until 2019, was worth £5.14bn.

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The value of the packages sold in February brought to an end the rampant inflation previously seen in the rights to show matches featuring the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

By contrast, the matches that Amazon will broadcast on its Prime service are relatively minor.

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