02 December 2019 16:39
Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Premier League football is coming to Amazon for the very first time. This season, the e-commerce giants have entered the market that had previously been monopolised by Sky TV and BT TV. Amazon will be the first broadcaster in English football history to simulcast mid-season games giving all fans of Premier League clubs the chance to watch their own team. Gaining access to Amazon's coverage is as quick and easy as starting a free 30 day trial, but while that covers how to watch it doesn't answer where to watch. Without their own channel, Amazon will be relying on their customers downloading the Amazon Prime Video app.
Below we've listed the best ways to watch the upcoming games without resorting to having huddle around your small laptop screen. Smart TV The first thing to look for is whether you can download the Amazon Prime Video app directly to your Smart TV. Find the App Store on your television and search for Amazon if it isn't already installed on your set. Once you've installed the app, you'll be prompted to enter your Amazon username and password and you're in. Games Console If your TV doesn't support the Amazon Prime Video app directly, you can download it to your games console and access it through there.
The Magpies' clash at Bramall Lane - and the Boxing Day clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford - are two fixtures of a 20-match deal which Amazon paid a reported £90million for. They will become the first broadcaster to offer a pure streaming service for the Premier League with the deal running until 2021/22. Other competitors have tried and failed to challenge Sky's near three-decade stranglehold on broadcasting the Premier League. Among them are Setanta, and ESPN along with BT Sport - which continues to fight the good fight, with rights to 52 matches this season. This is small change compared to Sky's 128 matches per season, which itself is a jump on the previous three-year deal. However, despite there now being three broadcasters offering Premier League football in the UK, the value of domestic rights has actually dropped from the previous three-year cycle ending in 2018/19. The £5.4billion on offer from domestic broadcasters across 2016/17 to 2018/19 is said to have slipped to around £5billion for the next three seasons. (Image: Amazon) Any worries from Premier League clubs were quickly allayed, however, from a surge in the value of overseas broadcasting. According to various sources, the price paid by broadcasters outside of the UK for Premier League packages has risen from to a reported £4.4billion, driven by strong demand and aggressive bidding across Europe. So, why should this be of particular interest to Premier League fans? Well, per The Telegraph, Premier League clubs successfully pushed through a new payment system for International TV payments so that they are now divided on a merit basis. Previously, all overseas broadcasting cash landed in the pockets of Premier League clubs equally, whether they won the league or finished flat bottom. The £43.1million banked by league leaders Liverpool from ex-UK broadcasting last season was the same given to Huddersfield Town in 20th place, and so on. The only way teams in the Premier League could earn more was from finishing higher up in the league or by domestic broadcasters featuring them in TV games. This is now a thing of the past, with teams at the top of the table set to receive a greater share of the cash from overseas broadcasting. According to The Telegraph, this means over the three-year broadcasting deal, sides finishing consistently in the top six can expect to bank an additional £80million - a huge boost. A top-six finish may feel a long way off for Newcastle United right now, but it's further incentive to finish as high up the league table as possible. Steve Bruce's side currently sit in 14th place, just four points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, and positive results in the run-up to Christmas could give league table a very different look heading into 2020. Avoiding relegation remains the Magpies' main priority, but with the knowledge that their Premier League rivals could get even more income based on their league position, the incentive to grind out each and every point is there for all to see.