Amazon Prime Video closes deal to stream Champions League games in the UK

Amazon Prime Video closes deal to stream Champions League games in the UK

Amazon Prime Video is close to closing a deal to stream Champions League games in the UK from 2024-2027 with BT Sport shaking up its elite club competition with UEFA.

The streaming service will have first-choice live games on Tuesday nights, with BT Sport hosting other matches and highlights, understands The Independent.

Reports also suggest that the BBC has secured the rights to Wednesday night’s highlights package on the Midweek Match of the Day programme.

The official announcement can be made by Friday (June 30).

The broadcast will be overhauled with the Champions League format change confirmed by UEFA earlier this year.

Starting in 2024, the competition will be expanded from 32 to 36 clubs, each playing eight games over 10 weeks of play in a single leaderboard format before the playoffs.

The total number of matches will increase from 125 games to 189, meaning more games will be offered for streaming.

Amazon’s interest in the Champions League has been strong and solid for some time, following successful launches in the German and Italian markets last season.

By adding competition to its portfolio, the streaming giant will own UK rights to the Premier League and Champions League, as well as the upcoming US Open autumn rugby and tennis international matches, among other strong attractions.

BT Sport has been the only British broadcaster for the Champions League since 2015, having paid £1.2bn for the rights to broadcast the competition between 2022–2024, but are expected to share the rights over the next few years.

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Amazon Prime Video is close to closing a deal to stream Champions League games in the UK from 2024-2027 with BT Sport shaking up its elite club competition with UEFA.

The streaming service will have first-choice live games on Tuesday nights, with BT Sport hosting other matches and highlights, understands The Independent.

Reports also suggest that the BBC has secured the rights to Wednesday night’s highlights package on the Midweek Match of the Day programme.

The official announcement can be made by Friday (June 30).

The broadcast will be overhauled with the Champions League format change confirmed by UEFA earlier this year.

Starting in 2024, the competition will be expanded from 32 to 36 clubs, each playing eight games over 10 weeks of play in a single leaderboard format before the playoffs.

The total number of matches will increase from 125 games to 189, meaning more games will be offered for streaming.

Amazon’s interest in the Champions League has been strong and solid for some time, following successful launches in the German and Italian markets last season.

By adding competition to its portfolio, the streaming giant will own UK rights to the Premier League and Champions League, as well as the upcoming US Open autumn rugby and tennis international matches, among other strong attractions.

BT Sport has been the only British broadcaster for the Champions League since 2015, having paid £1.2bn for the rights to broadcast the competition between 2022–2024, but are expected to share the rights over the next few years.

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