Amazon secures rights to broadcast 20 Premier League games from 2019/2020
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Amazon will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years from 2019, after winning one of the final two Premier League broadcast packages. As Sky and BT fought for the two main broadcasting rights earlier in the year, spending a total of £4.5bn, two packages went unsold. This is where Amazon has jumped in staving off competition from Facebook to secure one of the two remaining packages. BT has now brought the last package meaning they will show 52 Premier League games with Sky still running high showing 128 games. The move made by Amazon further shows their diversification into sport after already purchasing the UK rights to show the US Open Tennis. Interestingly, Amazon has been given the entire Boxing Day fixtures, so to watch football on telly during boxing day from 2019 onwards you will need Amazon Prime. This stands at 10 games. The other 10 games won by Amazon include one bank holiday fixture programme. The new Premier League rights deal also means that on certain weekends, every single team being played will be able to be watched by a UK audience, a 1st for UK Football. What does this mean for Premier League fans though? They'll need to sign up for another streaming service if they wish to watch every game with Sky, BT and Amazon Prime not coming cheap. BT recently announced their fourth price rise in 3 years whilst Sky also increased their prices in April. Students can get Amazon Prime for half price at a cost of £39 a year whilst everybody else can expect to pay £79. The new deal currently stands at £4.55bn but Amazon have not yet revealed how much they have paid for their 20 game deal. Rob Wilson, football finance expert at Sheffield Hallam University told the BBC: ''It makes complete sense for one of the online streaming services to pick up a Premier League package. The infrastructure and market potential needs testing and this gives Amazon an early mover advantage.'' Image rights - Pixabay
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