The Amazon Prime Video app is to be added to the latest generation of Freesat boxes, providing another way for Prime Video customers to access the service. New customers will be able to sign-up via the app, and receive a 30 day free trial. The addition will enhance the hybrid offering, which includes a large selection of free-to-air channels delivered via satellite.
Sky and Amazon have also unveiled a new partnership, which will see Prime Video added to Sky and Now TV devices across Europe, including the UK and Ireland. In a return move, Now TV will be added to selected Fire TV devices and Smart TVs.
This means that Sky customers will be able to access all Premier League football matches shown live via their Sky Q box, with matches from BT Sport, Prime Video, and Sky Sports all being available via the platform. However, to do this a subscription will be required to all three services, which may be a costly exercise.
The English Premier League has scrapped the pay per view (PPV) set up for additional football matches that would not otherwise be shown on TV, but are being made available due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most additional matches will now be shown on Sky Sports or BT Sport. A notable exception is Fulham v Everton which will be shown on the BBC, and will kick-off at 12pm on the 22nd of November.
The PPV service was criticised for being too expensive. Some clubs also criticised the cost, with Newcastle United suggesting a much lower £4.99 per match fee.
The situation will be reviewed in the new year, and highlights will continue to be available on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.
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It has now been confirmed that all Premiere League fixtures until the end of October will be available to watch, with five games a week available in a pay per view basis.
Existing arrangements and match selections with BT Sport and Sky Sports will remain in place. The matches not already selected for broadcast will be made available on the BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.
This interim solution has been agreed by clubs, but does mean that there will be no more free to air live matches for the immediate future, although the BBC continues to show highlights.
Thanks to a large amount of live sport on the 4th October (2020), Sky Sports have achieved a record audience.
In figures published by Sky Sports, Sky Sports’ averaged 933,000 throughout the day, accounting for a 11.7% audience share.
3.3 million viewers tuned in at the peak, which occurred just before 5pm, which was a 25% audience share.
From today (21st September 2020), Sky Sports is streaming all 5 matches of the T20 Women’s Cricket series between England and the West Indies for free.
The coverage is available on the Sky Sports YouTube channel, in addition to live coverage on the Sky Sports Cricket Channel.
This is the schedule:
- 21st September: 1st Vitality IT20 at 6.30pm
- 23rd September: 2nd Vitality IT20 at 6.30pm
- 26th September: 3rd Vitality IT20 at 1pm
- 28th September: 4th Vitality IT20 at 6.30pm
- 30th September: 5th Vitality IT20 at 6.30pm
With Covid-19 still forcing matches to be played behind closed doors, it has been confirmed that all September Premier League football matches will be shown live on TV.
Sky and BT Sport had already selected to show 17 matches, with a further 11 to also now be shown. Of these, Sky will show a further six, BT Sport will show a further three, with Amazon Prime and the BBC to show one each.
The BBC have confirmed that they will be showing Leicester City’s home fixture against Burnley, on 20th September (2020) with kick-off at 7pm.
It has not been confirmed if more Championship, League 1, and League 2 games will be televised.
Sky and American sports league NFL have agree a new five year rights deal, which will see a new dedicated channel launch.
Sky Sports NFL will launch on 3rd September ahead of the 2020 season, on channel 407 of the Sky satellite platform. The service will be available to viewers in both the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The new agreement marks the 25th anniversary of live NFL coverage on Sky.
With the remaining Premier League football matches to be held behind closed doors, a number of broadcasters have announced they will showing games free to air.
The BBC will broadcast four games live, in addition to its Match of the Day highlights programmes. The channel to show these matches is not known, but is likely to be BBC One or the BBC Red Button service.
Sky owned free-to-air channel Pick will be showing 25 games live, with the first being Everton v Liverpool, which will also be simulcast on Sky Sports.
Amazon will be streaming 4 matches on its platform Amazon Prime platform, without the need for subscription. The exact matches are yet to be announced.
This leaves BT Sport as the only rights holder to have not announced any free to air coverage.
Including the free to air matches and those as part of subscription services, all remaining Premier League games will be televised live.