Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Gabby Logan and Peter Crouch lead Amazon Premier League line-up
James R | On 26, Nov 2019
Amazon has announced the line-up of talent presenting its Premier League matches this December.
The online giant snapped up the rights to 20 matches last summer, after Sky and BT bagged several packages of fixtures for their own sports offerings. Amazon stormed the pitch when several bundles were still left unsold, acquiring the rights to show 20 live football matches per season in the UK and Ireland, from the 2019/2020 season to 2021/22.
The result marks the first time ever in the UK that football fans can watch all of early December midweek games and all of the Boxing Day games on TV.
Broadcasting matches is one thing, but you need the talent to keep people tuning in, and Amazon hasn’t spared any expense, with Thierry Henry, Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer and Peter Crouch leading the team.
Prime Video’s hosts will include Logan, Eilidh Barbour and Jim Rosenthal, with pundits including Shearer, Henry, Crouch, Roberto Martinez, Lee Dixon, Harry Redknapp, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Peter Schmeichel and Michael Owen.
Commentary across all 20 live and exclusive matches will be delivered by renowned experts including Clive Tyldesley, Jon Champion, Connor McNamara, Guy Mowbray and Ian Darke, alongside Andy Townsend, Ally McCoist, Glenn Hoddle, Sue Smitha nd Kevin Kilbane.
Prime members will also be able to tune in to an exclusive goals show hosted by Steve Bower alongside Dion Dublin, Robbie Savage, Tim Sherwood, Joe Cole and Dermot Gallagher, which will bring Prime members footage from all of the best Premier League action as it happens across the UK.
“We wanted to create a broad and diverse talent line-up with a mixture of both familiar faces and new ones. The sheer breadth and depth of our lineup shows how much we are investing in this,” says Alex Green, Managing Director, Prime Video Sport, Europe. “Some of our talent already work with Amazon, for example Gabby Logan and Peter Crouch on Back of the Net, or Catherine Whitaker, Karthi Gnaransegaram and Marcus Buckland on our live tennis coverage. It’s a pleasure to bring Jim Rosenthal back to TV football and to welcome the next generation of top sports presenters like Eilidh Barbour and Seema Jaswal. We also have familiar faces in the world of football including Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Lee Dixon. We are delighted to be working with this team to bring Premier League football to Prime Video.”
Amazon’s Premier League streaming will kick off from 3rd December, with a midweek round of matches that includes the first Merseyside Derby of the season, as Everton travel to Anfield to take on European Champions Liverpool, as well as UEFA Champions League finalists Spurs visiting Old Trafford to take on Man Utd. Its second round of matches will be on Boxing Day, including Man City travelling to Wolves and Liverpool travelling to Leicester, plus Man Utd hosting Newcastle.
The matches are included as part of an Amazon Prime membership, which costs £7.99 a month, with no contract, or £79.99 for the whole year. A 30-day free trial is also available. You can see the full list of fixtures here.