Stream­ing gi­ants sign up for footy

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

VIDEO stream­ing gi­ants Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime have demon­strated their am­bi­tion to break into foot­ball by com­pet­ing for UK Premier League clubs’ fly-on-the-wall doc­u­men­taries.

Both sub­scrip­tion ser­vices are known to have asked clubs in the top flight to af­ford them the ac­cess in all ar­eas re­quired to make such sports pro­gram­ming, which has proved very pop­u­lar in the United States.

The clubs ap­proached are be­lieved to be Manch­ester City, Chelsea and Liver­pool, al­though no deal has yet been signed.

Liver­pool were the sub­ject of a be­hind-the-scenes se­ries pro­duced by Fox Soc­cer and Chan­nel 5 in 2012.

The project will prob­a­bly con­cen­trate on the pre-sea­son build-up as cur­rent TV rights deals would make doc­u­men­tary film­ing more prob­lem­atic once the sea­son gets un­der way.

Money is cer­tainly no ob­ject, with Net­flix claim­ing this week they had the bud­get to com­mis­sion new pro­grammes cost­ing $25 mil­lion an hour to pro­duce – even more than the $18 mil­lion Sky pay for each live Premier League game – as part of their drive for more sub­scribers.

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