Premier League matches are coming to Amazon Prime Video in 2019
Jun 08 2018
This will make it the first time a full round of Premier League matches will be broadcast live in the UK. And so will Amazon.
Pescatore added that the award was "great news for BT, with its TV platform the only place where users can watch all the Premier League matches from 2019, thanks to its content relationships with Amazon and Sky - for Now TV".
The U.S. company secured one of two previously unsold three-year packages for United Kingdom rights, the Premier League said on Thursday, with BT picking up the other to increase its access to live action.
It means that BT will, for the first time, be able to screen show multiple midweek Premier League matches on the same evening.
Amazon is promising "two full fixture rounds", meaning you essentially get every team playing two matches.
Those wishing to watch the games will require a subscription to Amazon Prime UK, which now costs £79 per year or £7.99 per month.
The Premier League broadcasting landscape was reshaped on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) when Amazon became the first internet streaming service to buy live, domestic-only rights and clubs agreed they would no longer equally share all cash from overseas channels.
BT TV customers can access all of the action on BT Sport from just £6 a month.
"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", Richard Scudamore, the Premier League's executive chairman, said in a statement on Thursday.
The other package of 20 matches was snapped up by BT Sport for £90m, taking their total of games to 52.
The Amazon deal is good news for the EPL, which will welcome competition after the value of its main rights packages fell this time.
The Premier League joins Amazon's growing selection of live sports, which already includes US Open Tennis, ATP World Tour Tennis events and NFL games.
These two three-year lots of 20 games a season failed to reach their reserve price in the auction in February, when BT and Sky spent £4.5billion between them on 160 games. It will run for three seasons.
On a busy day of announcements at the Premier League's summer meeting, it was also confirmed that the "big six" clubs have won their fight to take a bigger share of the top tier's booming global broadcasting revenue. It broadcast the US Open tennis, ATP World Tour Tennis events and also National Football League games.