Amazon adds AVP volleyball to sports rights portfolio

Prime Video to stream live coverage in all markets excluding China.

Amazon adds AVP volleyball to sports rights portfolio

Amazon has pocketed more live sports streaming rights as part of a global distribution deal with the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP).

The company plans to stream action from the US-based AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in all markets excluding China via its Amazon Prime Video service.

From next year until 2020, Prime Video will provide live coverage of main draw matches from each stop on the tour, which runs from May to September.

It will also stream the men’s and women’s finals to viewers outside America, one final match per event to Prime members within the US, and other on-demand content such as completed matches and highlights.

Coverage will be available in more than 200 countries and on more than 600 devices, including TVs, game consoles, set top boxes and Amazon Fire TV, through the Prime Video app.

“We are thrilled to team up with Amazon Prime Video on this revolutionary streaming deal – the first of its kind in our sport’s history,” said Donald Sun, the managing partner of the AVP.

“As the media landscape continues to expand towards the digital space, the AVP is proud to join forces with Amazon in offering sports fans the opportunity to watch the best in beach volleyball throughout the season.”

While financial terms have not been released, the AVP deal complements the other sports programming Amazon has acquired this year, including the rights to National Football League (NFL) Thursday night games and ATP World Tour tennis.

“Our goal is to deliver compelling content to Prime members and give them options to watch when, where and how they prefer,” said Jim DeLorenzo, the head of sports at Amazon Video.

“We are thrilled to partner with the AVP and excited to bring live pro beach volleyball to our customers around the world.”