Streaming giants sign up for footy
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.