Amazon stunned the market last month by gaining the majority of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 fixtures. This new agreement will include Amazon’s Prime Video service for the next three seasons. Amazon has also committed to paying the Professional Football League (LFP) an extraordinary €275 million per year. With this intriguing contract, Amazon has revealed its pricing structure as it prepares to become the primary domestic broadcast partner for French soccer‘s top-flight Ligue 1.
Fans will be able to watch a total of 304 top-flight matches per season, or eight games per week, thanks to this contract. This digital giant has now disclosed that, in addition to their €5.99 Amazon membership fee, soccer fans in France will pay €12.99 for its Prime Video Ligue 1 pass.
Each year, fans can choose from ten top selection games. Fans can also pick from 66 second and third options, thanks to this Amazon rights package. Not only that but 302 matches from Ligue 2’s second-tier are also available.
The season-opening Champions Trophy is included in Amazon’s local French soccer package. This service is also available to Prime members who do not have a Ligue 1 pass. In addition, before the late game on Sundays, a magazine program will air. With this collaboration, the start time has been shifted to 8:45 p.m. local time rather than 9 p.m.
Ligue 2 offers
In Ligue 2, Amazon has formed a collaboration with La Chaîne L’Équipe, the Amaury Group’s terrestrial sports channel. The first ten rounds of the French second-tier will be provided free of charge as a result of this agreement. And if that wasn’t enough, Prime Video will be the exclusive home of all Ligue 1 games.
Additionally, according to L’Equipe, the Canal+ pay-TV network, which is sublicensing the top-pick rights for two Ligue 1 games per fixture round from BeIN Sports, wants to end its reported €332 million deal.
This conflict could be the result of Canal+’s feud with the LFP, which began with Mediapro’s original arrangement for the current rights cycle collapsing. According to sources, Canal+ and BeIN have had pricing differences and wish to return the bundle to BeIN.
Following the LFP’s decision to award Amazon the main Ligue 1 deal, BeIN threatened to withhold its next rights fee payment for its limited package of Ligue 2 games.