How do you watch football on Amazon Prime and is it easy to get it set up?
Now with the popularity of streaming services rising, companies like Amazon are making bids for sporting rights.
This is to attract more people to their services and be a big name when it comes to streaming sporting events.
Back in 2019, Amazon paid around $90 million to acquire rights to have rounds of premier league matches for the next 3 years.
However, what does this mean, what exactly are you getting as a prime customer and finally, how do you get to watch them?
I’ll be answering all these questions within this post, so make sure you read right to the end.
What Is Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is a subscription service that offers more than what standard users of Amazon are getting already.
Essentially by being a member, you get perks that non-members can’t get. This consists off:
- Prime Video – Access to a library of TV shows and Movies; this includes originals exclusive to the platform.
- Next Day Delivery – Depending on what day, the time and the availability, users can get next day delivery on items brought online.
- Like the video feature, Amazon Music gets a catalogue of music that you can stream unlimited. You can also stream this to your Alexa device.
- Amazon Sport – Finally, you have the main one, and that is sport. By having prime, you can stream the latest sporting events that Amazon has acquired rights for.
Now it’s safe to say Amazon offers a lot, and there are even more perks that I haven’t listed here that come with your subscription.
What Football Matches Can You Watch On Amazon Prime?
Amazon put their mark on UK sport streaming back for the 2019 season onwards by making a deal to broadcast 20 games for the next three seasons.
This is competing with Sky and BT that have dominated the football rights for years.
Now while Amazon won’t be showing the number of games of the other competitors, you will be able to watch 20 premier league games exclusively through their service.
As for the types of games, you can expect some top games to be on here.
Since Amazon Prime came on board, they have had mouthwatering ties in Liverpool vs Tottenham, Wolves vs Chelsea, Liverpool vs Everton and more.
So if you don’t have Amazon Prime, you will likely be missing out on some big fixtures.
When Are These Games?
Sky and BT have taken the rights for the greater share of games, with 128 and 61 a season, respectively. So if you are considering getting Amazon Prime for your football, don’t expect games every week.
This deal is almost to test the waters, and with how big Amazon are, we could see them seeing competing for the best broadcasting deals in the coming years.
The weekends are mostly for Sky and BT, so what Amazon has done is mostly acquired rights for midweek games.
There are matchdays with the premier league, where sometimes each team plays a game on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
In the first year of their deal, they had all 10 boxing day games, but you can expect games to be shown on weekday nights if you are buying Amazon Prime.
Is It Easy To Set Up?
Compared to setting up Sky and BT, Amazon prime is a piece of cake. The reason why is because, for the other two broadcasters, you will find their games on specific channels.
To get this, you will need to buy a sports package that includes them. This normally requires a box to be sent out to you or a technician to come and fix it up.
Basically, if you wanted to get Sky or BT games for the same day, you likely wouldn’t be able to.
With Amazon Prime, it is different as it’s a streaming service. You don’t have to switch on a channel. Instead, you just need an app on your TV.
Now guessing you have a smart TV because most people do nowadays, you will be able to find the app if not already installed within the app store.
If you don’t have a TV that supports the app, you can get it on any other device. This includes game consoles, phones, tablets, computers and more.
How Much Does It Cost?
The last part of setting up Amazon Prime so you can watch your football is paying the subscription.
Now, of the three competitors, Amazon’s prices are the cheapest.
This is to be expected as they offer the least amount of football matches, but you still get many other perks, as I said earlier.
Now there are two ways to pay. You can pay on either a monthly or yearly basis. The monthly cost is £7.99, and the yearly subscription is £79.
These will automatically renew, so if you want to try out just one year or a month, then you can go into your settings within your account and turn off ‘auto renew’.
I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if Amazon got more rights to the sports, the prices go up.
At the moment Skys has a similar sports streaming platform, Now TV, sets customers back £33.99 for unlimited use of 6 channels.
Is There Any Way Of Getting Amazon Prime For Free?
Now you might be wondering is there any way to try out Amazon Prime for free.
Or with some midweek fixtures, you want to watch some games without paying, so you know what you’re getting into.
Well, unlike Sky and BT, there is a free trial of 30 days that first-time users can get, which includes access to all the Amazon perks.
If you go to Amazon’s main website, you should see a banner showing Amazon Prime 30 day free trial.
If you click on this and create an account, you will be eligible for this promo.
You do have to put your card details on the system. That is because, after the first month, you will be charged.
However, the first month is completely free, and if you don’t want to pay any money to keep the service, you can simply change the account settings so that it doesn’t renew.
Is It Worth It For The Football?
Amazon Prime has a lot to offer and sports. It gives you excellent value for money.
What I like about the service is the sports coverage is spot on.
You have HDR 4k streaming (on compatible devices), great pundits and commentators, as well as some big-name games.
Over the years, we have seen companies acquire a small chunk of premier league games. Years ago, we had Setanta Sports and ESPN.
These would offer you for around the same price, just one premier league game a week, which at the time was in non-HD.
Compare that to Amazon, and you can see there is a lot more value in the prime subscription.
What I haven’t mentioned is included in Prime are other sporting events. The second-largest sport covered on the platform is Tennis.
They have coverage of all the games of big ATP/WTA and grand slams such as the US Open, Roland Garros and Australian Open.
So if you like your Tennis, then there is great value there for you too.
Amazon is one of the world’s biggest companies, so when I heard that they were bringing sports to their prime service, I knew it was a sign of change.
Streaming services and their simple business model is attracting many people and, as a result, is growing very fast.
Right now, Amazon Prime is offering a nice deal with football, which has resulted in thousands of people joining the service.
In the lead up to their first set of games on Boxing Day games in 2019, the company reported record numbers in sign-ups.
Now I hope this helped you learn more about how to watch football on Amazon Prime while also answering other questions you might have had.
If you have any other questions, do let me know 🙂