Amazon Prime Video Details Broadcast Plans for Free Premier League Coverage in the UK
Following the announcement that Prime Video will make all four of their Premier League matches in the remainder of the 2019/20 season available to view free of charge for fans across the UK, as well as broadcast Everton vs. Southampton on Thursday July 9 and Watford vs. Newcastle on Saturday, July 11, Amazon has detailed broadcast plans for the upcoming fixtures.
- Names of on-screen and commentary talent
- Ability for fans to enable full-crowd Stadium Atmosphere
- Availability of match highlights and full replays
- Option for fans to also watch all of Prime Video’s fixtures on Twitch.
For the first time ever, fans in the UK will also have the choice to watch Prime Video’s live Premier League fixtures for free on streaming service Twitch, as well as on Prime Video via the Prime Video app on connected devices. Twitch brings digital communities together around live content and includes a number of features that will enhance these Premier League fixtures for fans. For example, Twitch’s unique chat feature gives viewers the power of the pundit, able to offer their thoughts live during the match, as well as making them feel like they’re experiencing a Premier League match alongside other fans.
These Prime Video fixtures will also be co-streamed by prominent Twitch streamers, with more details to come ahead of the first Prime Video fixture on the June 29. Fans of these streamers will be able to view remaining 2019/20 Prime Video fixtures on their Twitch channel and engage in their private chat during the match, creating unique watch-along parties for customers to join.
All Prime Video fixtures will also have full pitch side, pre-match build-up with presenters and guests, including Gabby Logan, Roberto Martinez, and Lee Dixon. This on-screen talent will maintain social distancing throughout and be joined in the stadium by a two-person commentary team, including Clive Tyldesley, Peter Drury, and Ally McCoist, as well as match reporters to get reactions from players and managers before and after the game.
Customers will also have the option to enable the full-crowd Stadium Atmosphere feature on all Prime Video fixtures. Viewers will have the choice to enable this crowd audio to run alongside match commentary during Prime Video’s remaining 2019/20 fixtures. This crowd audio was developed by EA Sports and recorded in real stadiums during previous live matches.
For those who miss the action as it happens or wish to re-live the game’s best moments, edited match highlights and goals will be available for customers to view on Prime Video shortly after the final whistle. In addition, full re-runs will be available from midnight for each match.
Prime Video’s first of four free additional 2019/20 season fixtures will be at Selhurst Park, as Crystal Palace take on Burnley at 3 p.m. ET on the June 29. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and will be presented by Logan, with on-screen support from Dixon. The commentary team for this fixture will be Jon Champion and McCoist. Interviews and pitch side reporting will be covered by Lynsey Hooper.