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Amazon to show Premier League games from next season

By Adam McKendry

Live streaming giants Amazon will show 20 live Premier League matches for each of the next three seasons after it won one of two remaining broadcasting packages with the league.

After two months of negotiations, the website have confirmed a deal to stream all ten games during a midweek round and all ten games of a festive Bank Holiday weekend, which will only be available to Amazon Prime members.

This marks the first time all ten games during a round of fixtures will be shown live in the United Kingdom, while the US-based company will also provide a detailed highlights show every week.

Amazon Prime memberships start at £79 per year, or £7.99 a month, with the service also providing coverage of the US Open tennis, ATP World Tour finals and several NFL games.

It continues a trend towards sports striking deals with online streaming companies, with the likes of Facebook weighing in with Major League Baseball and YouTube broadcasting the Champions League and Europa League finals.

Meanwhile, BT Sport have won the rights to the other 20-game package on offer, which takes their coverage to 52 games for next season.

Sky Sports still have the bulk of the games - 128 in total - having bought four packages back in February for £3.579billion, while BT Sport's original package of 32 games was worth £295million.

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