Amazon Prime just offered its subscribers to watch Premier League for free in December. With everything that has been going on since past few weeks, this news somewhat fell under the radar. The festive month can be a damp one this year but football can be an acceptable distraction. The video streaming platform has gotten the rights to stream a number of games from 15th to 30th December.
Amazon Prime Shows Premier League Live
At the moment, Amazon has confirmed to show about 20 matches live and exclusive. The English Premier League announced to add two more fixtures and hinted that they could change according to plans.
The live-streaming service has previously shown documentaries about Manchester City and Liverpool’s legend Steven Gerrard. Now, it has secured a 3-year deal to broadcast football in UK until 2022.
How To Watch Premier League On Prime Video
Viewers can stream English Premier League on their televisions, mobiles/tablets, and PC/laptops. Simply log on to Amazon Prime account to access Prime Video. The subscription is for 7.99 GBP (10.39 USD) per month, which will open a similar world like Netflix; who is constantly adding diverse content to its list. It recently announced to feature an animated series based on a popular video game franchise, Resident Evil.
Subscribers who choose to go for a 30-day trial after 1st December will also get to watch the football matches for free. They can download the official Prime Video app for Smart TV, smartphone, and Laptops. However, there are also some compatibility issues that viewers should note. Apparently, the following devices do not support the live stream:
- LG Huawei TV (2015 and earlier)
- Sony Bravia TV (2015 and earlier)
- Sony Bravia Blu-Ray Disk Player
- Roku devices before 2014 (except Roku 3, it is supported)
- Xbox 360 Game Console
- Nintendo Wii and Wii U Game Consoles
How Tech Giants Can Help Sports To Get Back On Track
Tech giants have been actively investing in sports since a long time. Possibly, none of the competing platforms have any idea what will work and what won’t. In 2017, Facebook offered more than 600 million USD for the rights to stream IPL in Indian subcontinent. However, it lost the bid to Hotstar, owned by Star India.
In the light of COVID era, it might have become essential for both industries to keep the experiments going on in order to see what will work. Sports have gone through a drought of live audience and some leagues at lower level might need a huge push.
Digital media contains incredibly powerful and wealthy giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google, etc. Their whole business thrives on the combination of diverse content and then optimizing it for investment and monetization opportunities. If Amazon can make a deal with small-scale league, it can also learn about the interest of its viewer which will be useful for attracting large investments from the executives.