Adds 20 more Premier League matches to line-up from the 2019/20 season

Amazon Premier League rights

Amazon will become the first streaming service to broadcast live football in the United Kingdom after securing rights to Premier League games from the 2019/20 season.

The other unsold package of 20 games was bought by BT Sport for £90m.

The best five of the seven packages of media rights, allowing live TV coverage of more than 200 matches per season from 2019 to 2022, were sold in February, with Sky and BT once again dividing the spoils.

What has Amazon got and how does it work?

The matches will be across two rounds of fixtures - the first December midweek round of matches, and all the fixtures on Boxing Day.

The Premier League had introduced two new packages of live fixtures that included matches played simultaneously which would particularly appeal to an online streaming group.

Audience figures continue to grow on BT Sport, with average viewing up 17% at the end of the most recent football season, while a BT Sport record-breaking 8.5 million people watched the UEFA Champions League final this year across our TV and digital platforms.

Amazon Prime membership now costs £7.99 per month or best price £79 per year.

Amazon, which started as an online retailer, already broadcasts the US Open tennis, ATP World Tour Tennis events and National Football League games.

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.

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.

Though Amazon may have gotten a discount, its Premier League price tag would still likely hit nine figures in USA dollars.

The announcement came at the league's annual meeting on Thursday which also saw clubs agree for the first time to distribute some foreign television revenue based on where a team finishes from 2019. It's also the latest addition to Amazon's local sports portfolio, after it purchased the rights to the US Open back in April.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: "BT Sport is an excellent partner for the Premier League and has an established track record of showcasing the League and the clubs with innovative and engaging content". BT and Amazon have now bought the two remaining packages. However, the entire auction has fallen short of the Premier League's hopes on revenue.

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