Amazon in talks for Premier League streaming rights

Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United

Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United

Could you be watching your club lift the Premier League trophy on an Amazon Prime Video stream from 2019?

Amazon have snapped up rights for the ATP tennis tour, American football and are making documentaries about Manchester City and the McLaren F1 team.

The development was confirmed to Telegraph Sport on Thursday by two well-placed sources, while Amazon itself refused to confirm or deny whether it was exploring bidding for the United Kingdom rights for the Premier League for the three years between 2019-22.

It would mean a bumper payday for the Premier League - who raked in more than £8billion from their last domestic and global TV rights auctions - as the Silicon Valley titans have billions to invest.

Sky and BT are "very likely" to face competition from Amazon in the new Premier League rights auction, according to a leading analyst. Bloomberg did not say which seven packages were up for bid, nor which geographic regions they include. Sky Sports and BT paid a combined $6.9 billion in 2015 for a 3-year broadcast rights agreement.

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Darcey also argued that an Amazon bid for a smaller slice of the rights to "test the waters" could present more of a threat to BT than to Sky.

It could drive up the cost of United Kingdom football showings on TV - the last round of bidding saw the rights shared between Sky and BT for a whopping £5.14 billion at auction, and a third major player in the space could see bids reach astronomical highs.

The e-commerce retailer is seeking to buy a package that allows it to stream a number of games - around 20 to 32 - from the Premier League next season. Incumbent Sky Sports will likely do everything it can to keep its exclusive arrangement with the league in tact, and several other entities are likely interested as well - including USA tech giants like Facebook.

Amazon declined to comment, but in a statement last November said: "We will continue to look to add content that Prime members want".

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