Amazon buys rights to 20 Premier League games a season

Amazon buys rights to 20 Premier League games a season

And so will Amazon.

Amazon is only showing 20 live matches per season starting in 2019 on Prime Video, which is available through a standard Prime membership at £79 a year or standalone Prime Video membership at £7.99 a month in the United Kingdom, as well as weekly highlights of the matches throughout the season.

The U.S media giants purchased one of the remaining Premier League packages, while BT forked out £90 million to acquire the other package.

The amount it paid was yet to be disclosed.

The online streaming service has won the rights to show every game from the first round of midweek fixtures in December and all 10 matches on Boxing Day as part of the three-year deal.

Amazon has emerged as the mystery bidder that has picked up 20 unsold Premier League matches left on the table following the auction process earlier this year.

The deal will run between 2019 and 2022 and it will come at no extra cost to Amazon Prime members who will also be able to watch a full highlights show from the Premier League every week.

They will show one full Bank Holiday round of games and one further midweek round on their Prime streaming service.

Now, some four months on and following extended negotiations, a deal has been struck with Amazon and BT Sport.

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BT initially said it had paid £90m for its final package, taking their total spend to £975m over three seasons, though that information was later removed from its website.

Analysts at Liberum, however, said Amazon's main rationale for buying the rights was a way to boost Amazon Prime membership rather than looking to become a pay-TV operator.

Amazon will make the Premier League available to Amazon Prime members.

In a separate announcement the Premier League also agreed that there would be a change in the distribution of money gained from the foreign broadcast deal. It broadcast the US Open tennis, ATP World Tour Tennis events and also National Football League games.

In future less of your Premier League viewing habits will be satisfied through a standard Sky Sports television subscription.

"The development of Amazon Prime service is a longer-term strategy to try to reduce the number of illegal streaming sights and push people to pay for subscriptions".

Fortunately Amazon Prime is considerably cheaper than both BT's or Sky's Sports packages.

The company has more than 100 million Prime subscribers around the world, including several million in Britain.

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