Report: Amazon’s Liverpool v Everton broadcast pulled in 2m viewers

Report: Amazon’s Liverpool v Everton broadcast pulled in 2m viewers
Amazon’s December 2019 debut as a domestic broadcast partner for English top-flight soccer’s Premier League peaked with an audience of approximately two million viewers for the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, according to online media outlet Digiday.

The figure is comparable to the audience on pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports when the two clubs last played each other in March. Sky also announced earlier this week that Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City in November drew an average 3.36 million viewers, a figure that made it the third most-watched Premier League broadcast in the network’s history.

Overall, according to Digiday, the US technology giant’s first year as a Premier League broadcaster was relatively well received by advertisers. Major brands such as Coca-Cola, Duracell, Heineken, Mercedes Benz and Papa John’s all came on board, though buyers have concerns about the data they have received from the streaming platform thus far.

Amazon did not release its viewing figures publicly, while agency executives reportedly received reporting on their specific campaigns from the company this week.

Digiday reports that Amazon’s starting prices offered to advertisers were a cost per thousand impressions of UK£50 (US$65) for a broadly targeted adult audience for ‘Tier A’ games, UK£45 (US$59) for ‘Tier B’ and UK£40 (US$52) for ‘Tier C’ matches. These are understood to be two to three times the price of ads that Sky has sold for similar Premier League games, although in both cases the final prices were subject to negotiation.

When it came to ad performance, the buyers who spoke with Digiday gave a mixed verdict, with below – by as much as 30 per cent – and above expectation impressions reported against Amazon’s initial forecasts.

Going forward, buyers told Digiday that they would like to add access to Amazon’s first-party data, and the option to add their own tags to ads for attribution purposes.

Despite reaming coy with its viewing figures, an Amazon spokeswoman said the 3rd and 4th December were the ‘two biggest Prime sign-up days in UK history’, adding that ‘millions’ of customer streamed the live broadcasts, without clarifying the exact figure.

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