Amazon is new player in live Premier League TV rights deal

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From 2019, you'll be able to watch 20 of the Premier League's matches live on Amazon Prime Video, bringing the total number of broadcasters showing the league's matches up to a total of three including Sky and BT.

Amazon gets 20 games per season but its entry is significant because it marks the first time a streaming service has broadcast United Kingdom top-flight football live.

It adds live Premier League football to Amazon's sports portfolio which already includes the ATP World Tennis Tour and the US Open tennis and NFL games.

Sky will now air 128 games a season, up from 126 matches currently and it now has the first pick game every weekend plus Saturday evening fixtures for the first time, all screened on Sky's dedicated Premier League channel.

The extravagant price of Premier League TV deals have stretched the resources of Sky and BT Sport, so the arrival of a new player in the market could be viewed as a threat to their grip on the most watched league in world football.

It will offer the matches as part of its Amazon Prime Video subscription, it is said, with all members getting access to the live streams at no extra cost. These packages were also the first time the Premier League made them available to livestream, rather than relying on traditional TV broadcasting.

Add Sky Sports Main Event to this (which comes with Sky Sports Extra) for £27.50 a month, and the £7.99 for Amazon Prime Video and you reach a grand total of £66.48.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said the league's revenue sharing remained the most equitable in Europe but it was time to amend an agreement dating back to 1992.

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

The bix six clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - managed to get the necessary 14 votes out of the 20 to agree that from 2019/20, any increase in the current global rights package, will be distributed according to league position and not equally distributed between all 20 clubs as it has been up to now.

"By coming together and agreeing this change, the clubs have provided a platform for the future success of the league for many years ahead", Scudamore said.

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

Recent days have seen claims that BT Sport and Amazon had taken one each of the previously unsold pair of deals, that has now been confirmed.

The Premier League's last deal, agreed in 2015 and running until 2019, was worth £5.14bn.

Rights are sold in seven different packages, five of those consist of 32 games and two of 20 games.

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