Friday, 17 August 2018
Latest news
Main » Amazon to livestream Premier League in online shakeup

Amazon to livestream Premier League in online shakeup

08 June 2018

Package F, acquired by Amazon Prime Video, includes the right, for the first time in the United Kingdom, to make available a full round of live Premier League matches.

Sky Sports (SKYAY) and BT Sport (BT) won the rights earlier this year to broadcast most Premier League matches starting in 2019.

Sky, which has broadcast Premier League games since its inception in 1992, still holds the majority of packages of live-TV fixtures that are valued at £4.55bn.

It will show all 10 fixtures over one bank holiday of matches and another 10 during one midweek fixture programme.

The US company is the first to break up the previous dominance of Sky and BT Sport.

Ministry of Environment participates in 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Environment Day
Biruta was speaking while closing the "Beat Plastic Pollution Walk" held in Kigali during the Kigali Car Free Day on Sunday. Given the challenges plastic pose, we need to look at what all we can do to beat the plastic. "We need action now".

Overall, the total pot of central revenues - domestic and global broadcast rights and sponsorship deals - will be distributed on a 1.8:1 basis, meaning the champions will earn 80 per cent more than the team that finishes last from 2019-20 onward.

The remaining rights to show another two rounds of midweek games were purchased by BT Sport for 90 million pounds ($121 million), giving it 52 live matches from 2019 to 2022.

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. Sky Sports remains dominant in the market, but the balance is shifting.

Amazon is not the only tech company hungry for live sports.

The best five of the seven United Kingdom broadcast packages for the Premier League were sold in February, with Sky paying £3.75 billion to acquire four, a 14 percent discount on its current deal. Prime costs the equivalent of $106 per year in Britain.

SES-12 all-electric satellite successfully launched
It was the 56th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's 11th flight so far this year and the company's fifth launch for SES . The launch was completed just after midnight local time, the satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after takeoff.

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. It also adds to Amazon's growing list of sports rights in Britain, which include US Open tennis.

The deal is an important milestone for Amazon, but it represents only a fraction of the larger Premier League pie.

Under the new formula, the maximum a club can receive is 1.8 times the amount received by the lowest-earning club, the Premier League said in a statement.

"This new agreement will continue that trend with a subtle change that further incentivizes on-pitch achievement and maintains the Premier League's position as the most equitable in Europe in terms of sharing central revenues". "In addition, Prime members will be able to watch weekly highlights of all Premier League matches throughout the season".

Dimitrov To Step Away From Tennis After French Open Exit
Djokovic sprinted out to 5-2 but was reeled back in to 5-5, having squandered three points for a double break in the sixth game. Cecchinato won on his fourth match point by hitting a backhand victor down the line as Djokovic tried to serve and volley.

Amazon to livestream Premier League in online shakeup