Amazon Prime’s 20 live Premier League games will be available to watch in pubs and clubs after a deal was struck with BT Sport.
Amazon have the rights to two entire rounds of live games (the first December midweek and the Boxing Day fixtures, see below).
The Daily Telegraph reports that BT Sport will market a special Amazon pass for pubs so the games can be shown through existing set-top box equipment.
The two companies have already come together over the rights with BT producing Amazon’s live coverage. BT Sport’s team will provide the production for all 20 games behind the scenes, but it’s not clear yet whether BT’s on-air talent will host the matches on-screen.
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Spain’s top football division is set to kick off with no UK TV coverage after LaLiga officials refused to award a deal due to what it described as a lack of satisfactory bidders.
Last season started with online streaming operation Eleven Sports snatching the exclusive live rights from long-term holders Sky Sports.
But Eleven struggled to attract subscribers and failed to secure a television channel slot on either the Sky or BT platform and the rights had to be renegotiated.
The season ended with Eleven sharing the rights with Premier Sports and ITV 4.
The rights to all LaLiga matches were put up for grabs again this summer with UK broadcasters having until July 25 to make their bids.
“After assessing all bids and required additional documentation from participating bidders, LaLiga has declared the tender null and void because no satisfactory bids were received.” Joris Evers, head of communications for the league, said
“LaLiga thanks all participants in the tender for their interest and shall inform soon about next steps,” he added.
It now remains to be seen whether a new UK TV deal can be agreed in time for the season kick-off on August 16.
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