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Netflix CEO Says Sports Coverage Could “Make Sense” For The Online Streaming Giant

Netflix CEO Says Sports Coverage Could “Make Sense” For The Online Streaming Giant

With news that every single Premier League game in the month of September will be televised, football fans are set for a very good month on the couch.

However, in recent years, the advent of BT Sport and Amazon have seen Sky's monopoly on Premier League rights weaken.

In 2018, Amazon won the rights to broadcast 20 Premier League matches a season for three years from 2019 after the online streaming giant won one of the final two broadcast packages.

As you may remember, Amazon won the rights to show every game from the first round of midweek fixtures in December of the most recent season, and all 10 matches on 26 December as part of a three-year deal.

The matches were made freely available to Amazon Prime's UK members.

However, the Irish rights for those games were bought by satellite broadcaster Premier Sports, who also have the Irish rights to the 3pm Saturday kick-offs (not shown in the UK under enduring broadcast rules).

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Now that working with an online streaming platform is a viable option for the Premier League to show their matches, people have been curious if Netflix is tempted to start showing sport?

Speaking to Variety (via ScreenRant), Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was asked if Netflix was interested in broadcasting news, sports, and other types of content.

“I doubt news, but sports, video gaming, user-generated content — if you think of the other big categories, someday it could make sense. But right now, Ted’s [Netflix's co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos] got every billion dollar earmarked for bigger movies, bigger series, animation of course. At least for the next couple of years, every content dollar is spoken for.”

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