Newcastle's opening four games picked for TV

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

Facebook is trying to enhance its sports portfolio and bid unsuccessfully against Star India for the rights to the Indian Premier League cricket competition past year.

Not one of Bournemouth's games in the first two months of the campaign will be on TV and they wait until Monday, October 1 for their first televised game when Eddie Howe's side host Crystal Palace.

However, the action will only be available to their Amazon Prime UK subscribers, which is the online seller's premium service available for a fee.

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It poached Robert Hutton, the chief executive of Eurosport, in a bid to increase its sports portfolio. Netflix and YouTube are among those the Premier League are believed to have targeted.

Brighton's trip to Merseyside will still take place on August 25 but has been moved to a 5.30pm KO at the request of BT Sport, who will screen the game.

The move from Facebook is their most recent into streaming live football, having previously streamed La Liga and MLS games. The company, which made its intentions clear with a US$600 million bid for Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket a year ago, recently hired Eurosport chief executive Peter Hutton to head up its global live sports programming division, with a brief to increase the platform's sports offering.

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