Amazon buys United Kingdom rights to 20 Premier League matches

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Pay-TV giant Sky has for years been the home of Premier League games in Britain, which are a cornerstone of its business.

Amazon will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years from 2019, after winning one of the final two broadcast packages.

Amazon said it would make two rounds of games - the early December midweek games and the Christmas bank holiday games - and weekly highlights available to its Prime members in Britain for free.

BT also announced it had picked up the remaining package of 20 matches on Thursday.

Independent.ie understands that the prospect of a global Premier League television deal could be discussed in the near future, with one rights holder owner working in partnership with the league to broadcast the matches around the world.

The new beneficiary of this is simultaneously predictable and wholly surprising - Amazon. It will all be at no extra cost.

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. We live in hope.

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"Crucially, Amazon does not need to offer the best matches to boost take-up of Prime but only some matches", they said. You can see more details on the Amazon Prime page.

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. In February, Sky Sports paid £3.58 billion for four packages, while BT Sport spent £295 million on another package. From 2019-20, the start of the next three-year rights cycle, any increase in the current global rights package, which is inevitable, will be distributed according to league position.

Sky will show the most amount of Premier League football, having previously won 128 matches per season for the same time period.

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

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore described Amazon as an "exciting new partner".

The deal underlines Amazon's ambition to take on traditional pay-TV broadcasters in the multi-billion dollar battle for sports rights.

"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".

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