Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Red rose, Jul 1, 2022.
Think I’m gonna look into getting a fire stick..
Amazon has secured live UK rights to the Champions League for the first time.
The technology giant will split the rights with BT for the 2024-27 cycle, a period which marks the start of a new format for UEFA’s men’s European club competitions.
Amazon will have the first pick of matches on a Tuesday night through to the semi-finals, with BT retaining the rest of the rights to the Champions League, Europa Leagueand Europa Conference League.
The BBC has secured the rights to show Champions League highlights on Wednesday nights.
Amazon already holds the UK rights to 20 Premier League matches per season, but will expand its live offering with this new agreement.
The UK deal is understood to be worth around £500 million a year to UEFA and the clubs – £1.5 billion in total – an increase of 20 percent on the current cycle.
Alex Green, the managing director of Amazon Prime Video Sport Europe, said: “The addition of UEFA Champions League football is a truly momentous moment for Prime Video in the UK.
“Since 2018, we’ve seen millions of Prime members in the UK enjoy live sport on Prime Video, and it’s that passion and energy that has led us to this exciting next step.
“We can’t wait to bring fans the headline fixture of European football’s most prestigious competition every Tuesday and we’ll have more details to share about our broadcast in the future.”
Marc Allera, chief executive of BT’s Consumer Division, said: “BT Sport continues to be the home of the UEFA club competitions until 2027 and we are extremely proud to have the privilege of 12 years of broadcasting one of the most exciting competitions in the world.
“It is fantastic news for our viewers that from 2024 we will be able to show more games than ever before live and exclusive on BT Sport.”
It is the second rights deal to be secured since a new partnership was set up between the European Club Association (ECA) and UEFA to set up a tender process for the marketing of the rights.
The first was in France, where Canal Plus secured the rights in a deal worth a reported €480 million (£413m) per season.
It is understood total broadcast and media revenue from this cycle is projected to reach $5 billion (just under £3.7bn) per season, a big increase on the current $3.6 billion a season (just under £2.7bn).
Discussions are ongoing between UEFA, the ECA and the European Leagues group over how that revenue will be divided up.
ECA chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi said in March that the promise of bigger revenues demonstrated that the three clubs still committed to forming a European Super League were “wrong on every single angle.”
That trio – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus – have taken their fight to the European Court of Justice.
The court is being asked to rule on whether UEFA abused a dominant position under competition law by first blocking the formation of the league and then seeking to sanction those involved.
The hearing is set for July 11 and 12, although the judgement is not expected to be published until some time later in the year.
The Champions League expands from 125 to 189 clubs under the new format agreed by UEFA’s executive committee in May.
Teams will play eight matches in the new 36-team league phase, compared to six in the current group stage. Teams finishing between ninth and 24th in the league also face a two-leg play-off to fight over the last eight places in the 16-team knockout round.
BT, which has held Champions League rights exclusively since 2015/16, announced in May it had agreed a partnership with Warner Bros Discovery on a new joint venture to bring together the companies’ respective rights.
Discovery holds the pan-European rights to the Olympic Games
Amazon footy coverage is brilliant and only one I can consistently get in 4K.
Yeh I like Amazon too, wish they had more of the games on ..
We need to be match ready this season, it’s gonna be an interesting one..
In the long term Amazon getting involved is decent for consumers. Anything that bolts onto Prime will provide better value for money than most organisations, IMO
Going to a single provider with a reasonable cost should be the ultimate aim. I don't know why they don't go down the route of the league streaming all matches and you pick and choose what you want to pay to watch.
I just hate it being a stream and you can get spoilers.
Those 3pm games get me every fucken time..
if it’s the same this season…
Do you need a special kind of Amazon subscription except prime to view the games?
Will probably only work for UK Prime subscribers
I get Prime over here, but can never get the footie on it when they have matches
But then I have my dodgy box, so who cares ...
I have Amazon prime so I think that was how I could get the games that were on last season.. I didn’t have to subscribe extra to a channel for it ..it was good when the games were on Amazon
Yeah, but apparently it's for people in the UK.
Oh really, I hadn’t realised that. I know Amazon is world wide but maybe prime isn’t ..
This is what I got when I looked it up on Google
What countries is Amazon Prime available in?
As of October 2021, Prime memberships are available in 23 countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, and the US.
Edit, wonder if it’s something different to do with the football but prime provides the Amazon movies which the football was on
The UK rights will be shared between BT, Amazon and the BBC will show highlights.
All those countries can get Prime, but there are geo restrictions on some content. As i said i have Prime in Ireland, but i don't get the matches.
I can't see how UEFA won't be found guilty. Especially when you consider how everyone from Apple to Amazon have been punished under monopoly rulings in both Europe and the USA.
Anyone have a handle on this?