Amazon, Facebook, Twitter or Netflix to bid for rights to televise EPL football?

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Premier League football TV rights battle kicks off - BBC News

The new tender document has now been released to interested bidders for the three-year cycle from 2019 to 2022. There will be an increased number of games - 200 - out of the total 380 matches each season, made available for live broadcast.
The live rights consist of five packages of 32 matches and two packages of 20 matches per season, with no single buyer allowed to acquire more than 148 matches each season.
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As well as these changes, the current Sky-BT duopoly could be shaken up by new digital entrants, with WPP advertising executive Sir Martin Sorrell and Manchester United boss Ed Woodward among those predicting an entry into the bidding war by a tech giant such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter or Netflix.
For those of us who pay to watch EPL football, the next few months promise to be interesting as the new bids for the TV rights come in.
However, the prospect of further fragmentation to other media platforms has the potential to render the full catalogue of televised games unaffordable for many people, and might actually prove to be a turning point in the upward trajectory of EPL football's TV revenues. I hope so. It is too expensive already, and this may be the straw that broke the camel's back.
 


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I wonder will it having a future.

All young people stream the games for free.
 

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I wonder will it having a future.

All young people stream the games for free.
That's another threat, but to be honest I've never seen a streamed game yet that comes close to the quality of HD TV The buffering alone makes it frequently virtually unwatchable, and the feeds are rarely reliable.
 

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That's another threat, but to be honest I've never seen a streamed game yet that comes close to the quality of HD TV The buffering alone makes it frequently virtually unwatchable, and the feeds are rarely reliable.
I can't see the viewing quality being any better on FB or any other social media platform either.

In fact, I don't really see any of this coming about at all - bidding is one thing, but they do not have anywhere near the market the likes of Sky and BT have, and they are unable to cover the games without their infrastructure and equipment.

Anyway, I thought after Brexit the EPL was going to disintegrate.
 

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I can't see the viewing quality being any better on FB or any other social media platform either.

In fact, I don't really see any of this coming about at all - bidding is one thing, but they do not have anywhere near the market the likes of Sky and BT have, and they are unable to cover the games without their infrastructure and equipment.

Anyway, I thought after Brexit the EPL was going to disintegrate.
Whatever about FB and Twitter -Netflix and Amazon would clearly be serious players
 

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That's another threat, but to be honest I've never seen a streamed game yet that comes close to the quality of HD TV The buffering alone makes it frequently virtually unwatchable, and the feeds are rarely reliable.
I watched Dublin-Tyrone via GAA-Go streaming while travelling on business and had the same experience - worth watching only as a last resort and for the novelty of sitting in an African bar watching GAA.
 

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Whatever about FB and Twitter -Netflix and Amazon would clearly be serious players
They do not have the infrastructure that Sky and BT have to physically maintain the level and standard and of coverage. Nor do they have the penetration of Skysports.

It's completely different having the rights to show movies or make a drama- covering the EPL week in week out would require a lot more specialist facilities, broadcasting and camera equipment & tons of staff with the expertise.

I am going to take a wild guess that this is just a tactic creating competition to increase the bids and the spoils will be divided up between the usual suspects.
 

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Bread & Circuses.

It probably climaxed when the state propaganda organ had the Manchester United Taoiseach discussing grown ups chasing a polystyrene sphere around for two hours.
 

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Speaking of Amazon - got a new Echo Dot as a gift yesterday and playing around with it I asked " Echo, how many counties in Ireland" - answer 26 :shock:
Seems my Echo Dot is a West Brit - time for re-education :lol:
 

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Bread & Circuses.

It probably climaxed when the state propaganda organ had the Manchester United Taoiseach discussing grown ups chasing a polystyrene sphere around for two hours.
22 millionaires chasing a bag of wind in their underpants
 

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I can't see the viewing quality being any better on FB or any other social media platform either.

In fact, I don't really see any of this coming about at all - bidding is one thing, but they do not have anywhere near the market the likes of Sky and BT have, and they are unable to cover the games without their infrastructure and equipment.

Anyway, I thought after Brexit the EPL was going to disintegrate.
I'm no expert on the technology aspect but I have a smart TV with pre-loaded apps for Netflix, Amazon and Facebook. I've no interest in the latter two but I do use the Netflix app to watch films occasionally and the quality is as good as Sky.

I've never heard anyone make the Brexit claim. The only Brexit comment I'm actually aware of is what Arsene Wenger said, but then he shows all the signs of being a dangerous libtard, leftie loon, what with all those black players he insists on signing, so it's bound to be fake news......................:p

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/arsenals-arsene-wenger-shocked-by-brexit-and-warns-leaving-eu-will-dictate-future-of-premier-league-a3288651.html
 

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I can't see the viewing quality being any better on FB or any other social media platform either.

In fact, I don't really see any of this coming about at all - bidding is one thing, but they do not have anywhere near the market the likes of Sky and BT have, and they are unable to cover the games without their infrastructure and equipment.

Anyway, I thought after Brexit the EPL was going to disintegrate.
You don't see Netflix sport as having potential? The problem with sky is they pad their channels with crap and charge for it. The streaming companies will allow you pick and chose what interests you. This is happening and while I think the money is mental, I said that about the tv deals.
 

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As for Brexit, if EU players need work permits like African and South American players, huge numbers of existing players won't get them. Has potential to be very negative for the EPL but great for the national team.
 

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Netflix would be easiest
Netflix seem to have the systems in place already, so maybe you're right.
Is there no facility to add further apps to a smart TV after you buy it though? I'd have thought that would have been pretty easy to arrange, so in which case any big media organisation would have the potential to compete.
 

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Speaking of Amazon - got a new Echo Dot as a gift yesterday and playing around with it I asked " Echo, how many counties in Ireland" - answer 26 :shock:
Seems my Echo Dot is a West Brit - time for re-education :lol:
Sounds its the Unionist version one - does it speak with a Nordie accent?
 

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You don't see Netflix sport as having potential? The problem with sky is they pad their channels with crap and charge for it. The streaming companies will allow you pick and chose what interests you. This is happening and while I think the money is mental, I said that about the tv deals.
I have my doubts. Showing the EPL, and actually covering the EPL, (or any major European league for that matter), are two different things entirely - the latter requires people, cameras, equipment & infrastructure to cover every match every every week, (& not just those being broadcast live).

The inclusion of FB as a potential rights holder leads me to still believe this is just the EPL upping the ante for future negotiations.
 

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Netflix seem to have the systems in place already, so maybe you're right.
Netflix has the systems to broadcast and stream such events - not cover them. That requires lots of cameras & lots of people at lots of grounds all over England, every single match - this would be a new specialist area for Netflix.

(Even the matches not being shown have to be filmed & recorded for highlights distribution).
 


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