Amazon Prime’s EPL deal will see the company screen two full EPL rounds in the 2019-20 season, including a first-ever screening of fixtures on Boxing Day.
While it feels like the dust is only just now settling on the recently completed Premier League season, the globe’s insatiable appetite for the world’s most popular football league means that the next English Premier League season is only just around the corner.
And while the main challengers for the title are likely to be two familiar faces – defending Premier League champions Manchester City and Champions League winners Liverpool FC – the 2019-20 season will see a massive shift in the way in which we in the UK actually watch our domestic league.
Streaming giant Amazon Prime TV’s successful bid for Premier League rights shook sports broadcasting to its very foundations. In the upcoming season, we are set to see just how significant those changes have been. Not only will the way in which we see Premier League matches change with Amazon Prime TV’s arrival on the scene, but the age-old restrictions on when the games can be screened will also be blown out of the water.
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What does the deal entail?
Amazon struck a deal with the Premier League to show 20 games per season over the next three EPL seasons. It was a revolutionary move by the streaming giant and represents another win in their battle against industry-leader Netflix and newcomers – well newcomers to the streaming market at least – Sky TV.
Although the deal was done in 2018, the fixture list has remained in the dark until this week. Leaks from football insiders confirm that the Amazon fixtures will be shown on two different match days – meaning that on two Premier League rounds, every single game will be shown by Amazon Prime TV in the UK.
The two rounds in question are a midweek fixture in the New Year and the Boxing Day bank holiday. It’s the first time all of the Premier League games of the round will be shown live in the UK – and the first time Boxing Day fixtures will be shown.
What does it mean?
While the deal is good for the entire Premier League and for fans in general, it’s especially good for smaller teams which tend not to get as much time in the sun.
Given the restrictions that exist on showing the Premier League in the UK, networks usually pick only the matches between the biggest teams.
So while sides like Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea will still get plenty of airtime, fans of Burnley, Southampton and Aston Villa will be able to see their team live!
How can I watch?
Watching your favourite Premier League side on Amazon is easy. Simply sign up for Amazon Prime – you can opt for a monthly or annual payment – and you’ll get access to the 20 games, as well as Amazon’s other great content.
In addition, you can watch great Amazon Prime Video originals like Man in the High Castle, Bosch and Transparent, or series like Ripper Street and Mr. Robot, as well as on-demand movies and box sets.
Amazon Prime membership also includes Amazon Prime Music, free one-day delivery and a range of discounts and offers.