Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Manchester United v Leicester to kick off Premier League season

Manchester United v Leicester to kick off Premier League season

The game was confirmed to kick off 24 hours ahead of previously scheduled when United Kingdom television broadcast rights holders Sky Sports and BT Sport revealed their selections for the first two months of the campaign.

The three-season deal from 2019/20 to 2021/22 will see Facebook broadcast 380 games per season in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, reported The Times.

The deal, reportedly worth GBP 200 million over three years is Facebook's biggest push yet into sports broadcasting, having previously streamed some MLS and La Liga games on its platform. Amazon's UK Prime Video subscribers will be able to watch 10 Premier League matches over one bank holiday and another 10 during one midweek round of matches. Netflix and YouTube are among those the Premier League are believed to have targeted.

Facebook made their intentions well known earlier this year when they hired Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton to lead their interest in live streaming sports worldwide.

It was a busy January transfer window in the Premier League as most of the top teams brought in significant reinforcements for the second half of the season.

Amazon secured the rights to live Premier League matches last month as the competition for Premier League action grows.

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