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Amazon expands foray into sports streaming in Australia

Amazon’s Prime Video platform will broadcast the Australian Swimming Championships, in Adelaide next month, as part of a two-year deal with Swimming Australia. The company will use a roster of celebrity commentators to give a high profile to its continuing foray into the sports sector.

The deal with Swimming Australia is the first partnership Amazon has had in Australia for sports, other than sports documentaries.

The streaming giant has a patchwork of sportscasting in other territories – in India, for example it currently has a mixture women’s basketball and some cricket, having previously carried major tennis tournaments and English soccer. It finds itself in competition with incumbent free-TV channels, pay-TV operators for which live sports is a lifeblood, and a growing number of specialist sports streamers.

“Following the successful 2021 Australian Swimming broadcast, we’re excited to again partner with Swimming Australia to bring the 2022 Swimming Championships to sports fans worldwide exclusively on Prime Video at no extra cost to Prime Members,” said Hushidar Kharas, head of Prime Video Australia. The five-day meet will run May 18-22. “Swimming is part of Australia’s DNA, and after Australia’s gold medal rush at the Olympics last year, we look forward to delivering all the excitement and stories.” Variety

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