Amazon to broadcast 20 Premier League matches per season

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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 broadcast packages.

While the amount paid by Amazon has yet to be announced, BT will be paying £975m over three years for 52 games a season from 2019, compared with £960m for 42 live games now.

Amazon has got onboard the Premier League juggernaut by buying the rights to show games in the 2019/20 season.

The rights include one round of midweek games and one round on a bank holiday in December.

It has now been confirmed that the U.S. company has bought one of those packages, with BT taking the other. That results in 20 matches in total.

The other package of 20 matches was snapped up by BT Sport for £90m, taking their total of games to 52. The company said it would make the games available as part of its current Amazon Prime subscription deal.

Having already signed huge uplifts in its deals with broadcasters in Brazil, China and the United States, the league announced another worldwide broadcast agreement at the meeting, the sale of 233 live matches a season to BT, Premier Sports and Sky for the Irish market.

Amazon is no stranger to live sport.

No financial figures made public so far but the figures we do know, are that there are now set to be a massive 200 of the 380 PL games each season, shown on live TV starting in 2018/19.

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"Prime members will be able to watch every team, every game, so no matter which Premier League team you support, you're guaranteed to see them play live on Prime Video", said Jay Marine, the vice president of Prime Video in Europe.

The way Premier League rights are sold in the United Kingdom is complicated and not all games are available for broadcast.

"Crucially, Amazon does not need to offer the best matches to boost take-up of Prime but only some matches", they said.

The result means that the Premier League rights will for the first time be split between three separate companies.

The online retail behemoth and streaming service becomes the first over-the-top streaming service to successfully bid for exclusive Premier League rights and joins pay-TV rivals Sky and BT in next year's line-up of providers.

"Sky and BT are established Premier League partners and provide first-rate coverage of the competition through their live-match broadcasts and comprehensive programming", said Scudamore.

"When the Premier League was formed in 1992 nobody could have envisaged the scale of global growth in the competition which exists now", said Scudamore.

In Ireland, the League has concluded the sale of 233 live matches per season split into eight packages of rights, the same seven packages of rights as in the United Kingdom and an additional package of 33 Saturday 15:00 matches.

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