Premier League matches are coming to Amazon Prime Video in 2019

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Amazon will broadcast live Premier League matches and weekly highlights packages in the United Kingdom from the 2019-20 season, the tech giant has confirmed, while English top-flight clubs have agreed for any reform of broadcast revenue distribution to take league position into account.

The US company breaks up the recent dominance of Sky and BT Sport of lucrative Premier League TV rights in a first for the online sector that is threatening to shake up the traditional sports rights market. The matches will be across two rounds of fixtures - the first December midweek round of matches, and all the fixtures on Boxing Day.

Five of seven packages were picked up by Sky Sports and BT Sport in the auction outcome made public in February 2018.

The US tech giant will show 20 matches a season for three years after buying one of the final two remaining packages at an undisclosed cost.

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BT will now broadcast 52 games per season, at a total cost of £975m over three years, while Sky will show 128. The Premier League joins US Open Tennis, ATP World Tour Tennis events and NFL games, all now available to watch live on Prime Video in the United Kingdom, and at no extra cost to Prime membership. BT's deal means that BT Sport will, for the first time, show multiple mid-week Premier League matches on the same evening.

You will also get all the Champions League games on BT Sport with this, if that makes you feel any better? The huge influx of cash - several times what had previously been paid for equivalent rights - helped Premier League clubs lure top players from all over the world. In his annual letter to shareholders this year, Amazon's chief executive, Jeff Bezos, disclosed that 100 million people around the world had Prime subscriptions.

In March, Facebook reached a deal to broadcast 25 Major League Baseball games, available on the Facebook Watch channel.

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

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Under the new formula, the maximum a club can receive is 1.8 times the amount received by the lowest-earning club, the Premier League said in a statement. "Over these two December fixture rounds Prime members will be able to watch every team, every game, so no matter which Premier League team you support, you're guaranteed to see them play live on Prime Video".

The Premier League have also released details of the rights deals for the Republic of Ireland.

The deal will expand awareness of Amazon Prime, the company's lucrative subscription service.

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