Amazon mulls bid for domestic TV rights to Italy's Serie A: Report

Amazon mulls bid for domestic TV rights to Italy's Serie A: Report

Amazon logistics center in Lauwin-Planque
A truck with the logo of Amazon Prime Delivery is seen at the Amazon logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, Apr 22, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)

NEW YORK: Amazon.com Inc is considering making a bid for the domestic broadcasting rights for Italy's top-flight soccer league, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday (Jan 13), as it aims to boost Prime Video's content offerings in Italy.

Representatives of Amazon and soccer league Serie A held talks over the past weeks regarding a potential bid, the source said, adding that Amazon is interested in streaming the league's matches on its Prime Video streaming platform.

Globally, Amazon has bet big on sports as a way to bolster its movie and originals catalogue and already holds exclusive rights to screen top European Champions League soccer matches in Italy on Prime Video for the 2021-2024 seasons.

Serie A has aimed to raise at least €1.15 billion (US$1.40 billion) per season over the next three years from the sale of pay-TV rights for its home market, Reuters reported in December. The deadline to present the bids is Jan 26.

Amazon did not respond to a Reuters request for comment, while Serie A declined to comment.

Bloomberg News reported the news earlier in the day

Source: Reuters

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