Amazon Readies Bid for English Premier League Soccer Streaming Rights

Amazon could be preparing to bid next month for the rights to stream English Premier League football (soccer) matches, if a report by Bloomberg this morning is anything to go by.

According to a source familiar with the matter, the digital giant sees the English Premier League as a huge opportunity to draw more people to its Prime membership service in the U.K. and convert occasional customers into more loyal shoppers.


Amazon has already bought video streaming rights for live sport including tennis and the National Football League, but the Premier League remains Europe's most prized live sports broadcast asset and with a growing audience in the U.S., fits in perfectly with Amazon's broader strategy to bring more sports content to its global customers.

The e-commerce giant recently tied up a deal to produce a documentary series with Manchester City, the current Premier League leaders, which previously increased speculation that it might next pursue live soccer rights. Currently Sky and BT Sport share the rights to the EPL, following an auction in 2015 that saw the broadcasters splash £5.1 billion ($6.9 billion) between them for three seasons.

The next auction in February will see seven packages being offered by the Premier League, varying from 32 matches to 20 matches each. Amazon could bid for one of the smaller packages for broadcasting in the U.K., according to Bloomberg. Auctions for streaming rights in other markets are usually held separately. Both Amazon and the Premier League declined to comment.

Back in September, Apple revealed its own aspirations for offering more live sports through Apple TV 4K, with a new sports section on the device and in the new TV app offering integration with channels like ESPN. But despite sports generally being seen as a big selling point for any set-top-box device, Apple's offerings in the TV category remain skewed towards American audiences.

However, if Amazon chose to offer sports through its Prime Video app on Apple TV, it's theoretically possible that U.K. owners of Apple's set-top box could one day stream EPL matches to the device.



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11 months ago
Premier League football !!! That's the correct way to say, nobody should change titles like you did. And nobody says "Premier League Soccer" anyway.
Goddammit, we (non-Americans) don't say NFL as National Handegg League. Have some respect for our event
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11 months ago
Ill just put this right here........;)

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11 months ago
As long as Amazon UK don’t increase subscription costs for the rest of us to cover (over) paying for sports rights, I don’t care.

Carve them off as a separate ‘add on’ subscription to Prime, jus dont increase the cost of Prime to cover it. Sky increasing their prices of non-sports packages to cover getting into a football bidding war with BT were the reasons I left them and went with their NowTV offering. A fraction of the monthly cost for the same content.
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11 months ago

It's an American site and it's just a word, get over it already.

Can we call Baseball by its real name then - rounders?
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11 months ago
Did you see that ludicrous display last night?
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11 months ago

As long as Amazon UK don’t increase subscription costs for the rest of us to cover (over) paying for sports rights, I don’t care.

Carve them off as a separate ‘add on’ subscription to Prime, jus dont increase the cost of Prime to cover it. Sky increasing their prices of non-sports packages to cover getting into a football bidding war with BT were the reasons I left them and went with their NowTV offering. A fraction of the monthly cost for the same content.


TOTALLY this.

Virgin Media pissed me off no end by suddenly including BT Sport and putting up the price by £5 per month to cover it. I didn't want it and I sure as hell didn't want to pay for it.

They refused to take it off so I asked to cancel my entire TV service. They then took off the £5 for a year. After the year I realised I only really watch Netflix and Now TV anyway so I cancelled the entire TV service anyway.

If Amazon put the price up for everyone to cover it, I will soon be an ex-Amazon customer, too.
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It's an American site and it's just a word, get over it already.


You won't complain when I refer to American Football as American Nancyball then?

It's only a word.
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11 months ago
YES PLEASE.

Seriously, break the Sky/BT duopoly. Shake things up!!
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11 months ago

Did you see that ludicrous display last night?


Thing about Arsenal is they always try and walk it in.
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11 months ago
English Premier Soccer!??! Facepalm Macrumors... double facepalm.
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11 months ago

Thing about Arsenal is they always try and walk it in.


What was Wenger thinking sending Walcott on that early?
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