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Premier League October 2016

Amazon has been rumoured to bid for the next Premier League rights before, but now it's been confirmed by an anonymous source.

A "source familiar with the matter" has said that the streaming service will bid for the 2019-2022 media rights.

The firm has reportedly held talks with "industry experts" about how Premier League matches could fit into its portfolio of streamable content.

At the moment, broadcast rights are split between Sky and BT, with Sky holding the lion's share. Sky and BT have just signed a deal to share each other's channels, so maybe a joint bid is on the cards.

Amazon is thought to be capable of outbidding both, thanks to its immense wealth. It's increasingly eyeing up sports content – last year, it offered both the US Open and ATP World Tour, as well as the Next Gen ATP Finals.

It also offers Eurosport as part of its live channels package.

However, it could face stiff competition from other US tech firms. Both Facebook and Twitter are also said to be interested in the rights. Sky and BT beware.

Source: The Telegraph

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