Facebook inks £200 mn broadcast deal with Premier League for SE Asia

Freddie Ljungberg

Television demands have caused some changes in the match schedules of the English Premier League, with Manchester United and their new big signing Brazilian Fred now to face Leicester City in the first game on Friday, August 10.

The entry of the giant OTT streaming services into the top tier football rights market is gathering pace with Facebook agreeing an estimated £260 million deal for live Premier League matches in south-east Asia.

The earlier closure of the window also means foreign clubs are able to wait until the Premier League can only sell overseas before making approaches to English clubs to pick up players at a cut price - leaving them with no ability to bring in a replacement.

It's understood that from 2019 the social media site will stream each of the Premier League's 380 games per season to those particular South East Asian countries.

The online retailer will live stream 20 matches per season from 2019, at no extra cost to existing Amazon Prime members in the UK.

Facebook is now limited to streaming Major League Baseball, College Basketball and occasional Champions League games in the USA in a partnership with Fox Sports. The company was rumoured to sign a?300 crore deal past year with Indian Premier League but wasn't successful.

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