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UKnews836 posts since 26 Apr 2011
Amazon did very well out of that first midweek, not many match weeks you get two games as big as Man Utd v Spurs and Liverpool v Everton. Less so on Boxing Day but that usually tends to be the case. Some decent games for BT's midweeks too, one of which falls on New Year's Day, which I don't think was anticipated. Not bad for a late, comparitively "cheap" buy in the auction process.

Lots of new things next season - change of kick-off times for the broadcasters, those midweeks with all 20 games for Amazon and 15 out of 20 for BT, and the winter break with all 10 games over 2 weekends broadcast.

Fells like Boxing day is deliberately quite week to appease Sky. The Midweek one is probably more important to Amazon anyway being before Christmas.

Errr that’s not how fixture lists work though - certain things are avoided but there are too many other factors to consider before you got to trying to ‘appease’ one broadcaster or the other.
DVB Cornwall8,399 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
A reminder of what rights are to be broadcast live 2019-20, 20-1 and 21-2 ....

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(Some adjustments are likely in 21-2 due to the compressed early finish season to facilitate the 2022 World Cup season to start early.)
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Hatton Cross3,266 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
A reminder of what rights are to be broadcast live 2019-20, 20-1 and 21-2 ....

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(Some adjustments are likely in 21-2 due to the compressed early finish season to facilitate the 2022 World Cup season to start early.)

Thanks for that breakdown.

Now massively puzzled by the wording of BT Sports package G..
'15 games from two midweek set of fixtures' ?
I read that as on two sets of full midweek fixtures, they'll be showing 3 or 4 games on each night, simultaneously.
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Blake Connolly1,768 posts since 21 Apr 2001
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Now massively puzzled by the wording of BT Sports package G..
'15 games from two midweek set of fixtures' ?
I read that as on two sets of full midweek fixtures, they'll be showing 3 or 4 games on each night, simultaneously.


Package G is 20 matches, and was originally being sold as all games from two midweek rounds (so the same sort of thing as Amazon's Package F). However, when it was bought by BT it was announced as being 15 games from the two midweeks, plus the remaining 5 games from the split weekend (what's left over after Sky and BT have gone through their usual picks). So, more unique timeslots and the less attractive games from the midweeks can be dropped.

For next season the first of these midweeks is New Year's Day, which makes it even better - the games can be spread out across the day so fewer are simultaneous. The second is across a Tuesday and Wednesday night so there'll be more at the same time.

Will be interesting to eventually see how these will be covered, there'll certainly be some commentators not usually heard on BT's Premier League coverage.
Brekkie31,822 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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So a months free trial should sort you for Amazon then. Really make or break with them where sport is concerned- really don't feel they've cut through with the tennis at all.
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rdd3,378 posts since 21 Jun 2001
This will be an order of difference to the tennis though - people don’t tend to follow tennis players with the passion they follow football teams - and Amazon/Premier will have two big Matchday 15 games with Liverpool v Everton and Man United v Spurs that fans will want to see. And there may be quite a few that have used up their Prime free trial on Prime Day at that stage.
Hatton Cross3,266 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
More than 'mumblings'. Amazon do have a linear broadcast licence with Ofcom. Under the name 'Prime Video'.

With Prem Football archive, ATP/WTA Tennis, Dramas and The Grand Tour to fill the schedule, is not a matter of if, but when it appears on Sky/Virgin Media's EPG.
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DVB Cornwall8,399 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Not sure how much of it is available, there's at least 10mins worth though, but it seems that the old UHD Test loop available on the BBC iPlayer (in Beta Mode) has been replaced by coverage of the 2018-19 FA Cup Final as transmitted live in May. There's no rewind available to check.


Seems it's the entire coverage of the match from 'Abide with Me' to going off air, so around 160 minutes in total. It'll be interesting if it stays when the 'normal' BBC ONE feed expires from the iPlayer on Monday.
Brekkie31,822 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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This will be an order of difference to the tennis though - people don’t tend to follow tennis players with the passion they follow football teams - and Amazon/Premier will have two big Matchday 15 games with Liverpool v Everton and Man United v Spurs that fans will want to see. And there may be quite a few that have used up their Prime free trial on Prime Day at that stage.

With only two round of matches though people will be willing to give them a miss as if they weren't on TV or on the pay-TV they don't subscribe too. Can't really see Amazon being picked up by the pubs either unless as suggested above a broadcast channel is launched, and then for a couple of days of coverage it's pretty much got to be free to pubs for it to be worth it.
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rdd3,378 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Premier Sports in Ireland probably has it better than Amazon in the UK in that regard, because they’ll have the ROI 3pm package too, albeit they are of diminishing value these days. Moreover pubs in Ireland will likely be picking up a Premier Sports subscription - I expect Sky will be offering a package with Sky Sports, BT Sport and Premier Sports for a single price.