June 4, 2020
Amazon Prime Video June 3 announced it would stream for free the first four matches of the Premier League when the British professional soccer organization resumes play June 17. Streamers will not be required to have a Prime membership to watch the matches.
Amazon, along with Comcast-owned Sky Sports, BT Sport and the BBC divvy up broadcasting and/or streaming the 92 remaining Premier League matches of the 2019-20 season.
“Like the rest of the country, we are excited to see the Premier League return to action,” Alex Green, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe, said in a statement.
Four matches will also be shown on the BBC, the first time the channel has shown Premier League matches since the league was founded back in 1992, according to Ampere Analysis. Free rights to 33 of the seasons remaining 92 matches have been made available so all matches can be broadcast live. Main pay-TV rights holders Sky will also show 25 games free to air through its channel, Pick.
Amazon last December 4 and 9 began streaming 10 Premier League matches, resulting in record Prime sign-ups, according to the ecommerce behemoth.
Green said Prime Video was first ever broadcaster to stream 10 games live in a fixture round, which involves two separate matches between the same teams in opposing stadiums; the winner with the highest combined score advancing.
“We are thrilled and humbled by the positive response from Prime members not only to the production and streaming experience, but also the innovations we have introduced, such as integrated live match stats and highlights through X-Ray plus the ability to experience commentary-free stadium atmosphere,” Green said in December.