Facebook has secured its first lot of Premier League broadcast rights, penning an exclusive deal worth around £200m to live broadcast matches in parts of Asia.
According to The Times, the social network has beaten television networks BeIn Sports and Fox Sports Asia to gain the rights to broadcast the competition in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from next year until 2022. The deal will see Facebook livestream all 380 Premier League matches each year.
Facebook’s successful bid comes a month after Amazon became the first internet firm to gain rights to live matches. The eCommerce giant acquired the rights to broadcast 20 live Premier League games through its Prime service in the UK. These games will be livestreamed during one round of midweek games and one round from a bank holiday.
It is reported that the Premier League has also held talks with YouTube and Netflix over the rights to livestream games in other markets around the world.