If you’re an Amazon Prime member and 15 million UK residence are, you can watch all the tournaments including, football, tennis, rugby, and cricket – happy days
Amazon has picked up some sports that can’t be shown by any other streaming service in the UK. It has managed to outbid Sky Sports and BT Sport for various top-level events from tennis to rugby union, from football’s Carabao Cup to cricket’s Indian Premier League, meaning you can enjoy all the exciting tournament moments in one place.
Why is this important? There are more ways to watch the best international sporting competitions than ever before – but none of them has all the matches you want apart from Amazon prime.
If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, you’ll need one of its monthly or annual subscriptions. There’s no way of paying for Prime Video on an ad hoc basis, at least not yet, let’s look at what’s included.
Amazon Prime wins the bidding war
Amazon Prime won the bidding war to combine with Sky TV and BT Sport to stream live sport for the next six years, which means it is now possible to watch live sports from tennis at Wimbledon and ATP Tour events as well as rugby union internationals. In addition to those fixtures, Amazon Prime will also be broadcasting football’s Carabao Cup, live IPL games in India, and several other cricket competitions.
Here is the background on the deal
In December 2018, Amazon Prime announced rights agreements with various global sports broadcasters for five years from 1st January 2019 onwards. In addition, existing deals have been extended by either one year (for Indian Premier League and Cricket Australia), two years (Football Association Cup and Pro14), and four years (Wimbledon and ATP). Particular highlights include:
Live Premier League football coverage on Amazon Prime Video across three of the seven years, including two packs of five matches per season from 2019/20 to 2022/23. Fans in the UK can watch all 10 Premier League matches live exclusively broadcast into ‘prime time’ on Saturdays and Sundays.
Barclays Premier League
Amazon Prime will now host exclusive rights for certain Barclays Premier League matches each season, starting with 10 matches this coming season (2021/22) with more added as 2022 progresses. The deal also includes complete pre-match build-up and post-match highlights, making it an unmissable offer for anyone who loves their Premier League action.
Prime Video and La Liga
Venturing further afield, Amazon has acquired one of its first-ever rights deals in Spain. Amazon Prime Video will be the only streaming service that broadcasts FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, and Real Madrid games to UK customers.
The deal is included in the broader partnership between Prime Video and La Liga, bringing live coverage of every single match from La Liga Santander for free to Prime members.
Indian Premier League Cricket
Season seven of the Indian Premier League broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. There are two packages, with ten matches each, at a time decided by BCCI, marking a key milestone in delivering quality cricket content to fans in this country.
Best of the rest
The next three seasons of the RBS 6 Nations Championship will be available live and on-demand in the UK. Four years (2019-2023) of live-action plus playbacks from Roland Garros (The French Open Tennis Tournament) is exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Exclusive rights to ATP Media
Amazon Prime will have exclusive rights to ATP Media across all platforms for its North American members. The ATP World Tour is one of the most prestigious professional tennis leagues globally. Featuring the top eight players in singles and doubles competitions each season, through a series of tournaments held globally every year, culminating every November/December with the Nitto ATP Finals.
Now fans across the UK can watch the 2021/22 Barclays ATP World Tour, featuring six of the best tournaments worldwide, including the Nitto ATP Finals, on Amazon Prime Video.
What else is available on Amazon Prime?
The first new deal is with Sky Sports, giving Amazon exclusive rights to all home England matches in international rugby (league and union). Sky has had the first pick of matches for the last few years, although some games were also available to BT Sport subscribers who could watch them via the red button or by using their mobile data allowance.
Amazon Prime members will also access two complete rounds of home matches for this season’s Carabao Cup. Among its headline ties, the games featured include Arsenal v Chelsea and Manchester City v Liverpool and the semi-finals and finals from the 2021/22 tournament.
It’s also possible to watch all ATP tennis tournaments from the US Open and Australian Open, as well as one Masters 1000 event from Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai. The US Open coverage includes an interactive stats section to keep you informed about key performers throughout.
The deal with BT Sport brings high-quality action from the Pro14 (the rugby union tournament that covers Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy) and Aviva Premiership rugby. This means both domestic club competitions are now available as well. Amazon Prime has these tournaments covered.
The above is great news for those struggling to see many matches from these tournaments on BT Sport, especially as it previously limited viewers to just six live games free of charge every weekend.
What’s next? In 2021/2022
Amazon Prime will start showing the Indian Premier League cricket tournament in its entirety. This is excellent news for potential subscribers as this has been one of the most challenging competitions to watch live in recent years. Indeed, matches were only available on the official YouTube channel until a couple of weeks ago.
You can also watch cricket from New Zealand and Australia via Cricket Australia’s new subscription service, with some women’s internationals plus domestic competitions covered too. At present, not all matches are covered, so there may be gaps in what you’ll be able to see live.
Eurosport on Prime
Now that Eurosport has finished broadcasting snooker regularly, it means viewers will have to tune into World Snooker’s new online-only platform if they’re keen to watch the sport’s most significant events.
It’s also worth noting that Eurosport is now available via Amazon Video as a monthly premium subscription add-on. This means you can watch coverage from the French, German and Spanish Opens (at least in qualifying rounds). Some other competitions like cycling’s Vuelta a España and Tour de France coverage will continue to be shown on ITV.
What does all this mean? It means you’ll have to pay-per-sport if you want to see every major event live online. Eurosport is an Amazon Prime add-on, which means you pay over and above your yearly subscription.
What is the best way to watch these tournaments on Amazon?
Streaming from a computer isn’t ideal for long periods – you can download some apps from the app store if you’re comfortable using them.
The other way is on an iPhone or iPad. You can add your favourite team’s fixtures into the calendar application on your device then use that as a home screen widget so whenever there’s a match on, the events show up in your daily view.
However, nothing beats watching the matches on a large screen TV, but this doesn’t need to cost a fortune – you can pick up a high-quality 40-inch screen reasonably cheaply with HDR built-in. HDR will make colours pop, darker blacks and brighter whites.
The good news is you’ll be able to watch the matches on Ultra HD resolution too, which means four times more pixels and four times sharper pictures than standard HD resolution.
Don’t forget that most modern TVs are now Smart TVs too, so they hook into services like YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video if you want to surf other content while watching sport.