With less than 90 days to go before NBC Sports begins televising the Premier League on US television, the number of TV providers who will providing access to every single Premier League match next season still only numbers five. They are Comcast xFinity TV, DISH Network, Verizon FIOS, Suddenlink and Cablevision — all of whom will be providing access to NBC Sports Live Extra as well as NBC Sports Network, etc.
Great news for soccer fans in the US. DISH Network has agreed a deal with NBC Sports to provide its subscribers with access to NBC Sports Live Extra.
That means that when the next Premier League season begins on August 17, 2013, DISH Network subscribers who subscribe to NBC Sports Network will have also have access to every single Premier League match shown live on the web, mobile and tablet devices via the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
Philip Badger's plea to NBC Sports Network to let Premier League fans pay for NBC Sports Live Extra separately covers a few of the reasons why the online service will be available only to cable subscribers, but it ignores some key facets of cable TV economics that play a role in NBC's decision.
As Philip mentioned, NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast, and Comcast is a cable company, and gee, why would Comcast ever want to give you a reason not to subscribe to cable?
Like many other Americans who follow the Premier League closely, I've been reading the news about NBC's plans for their coverage next season with great interest. For the most part, it sounds like a great improvement over what FOX Soccer has been bringing us. But there's one aspect from their recent press releases I want to call attention to, and that's their online coverage options:
"NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: Every Barclays Premier League match will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktop, mobile and tablets and, in most cases, on the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services.
In the past several weeks, many of the readers to EPL Talk have posted many detailed questions about all of the ins- and -outs of NBC's coverage plans for the Premier League, which will begin on August 17, 2013 when the new Premier League season begins.
I've answered all of your questions below (plus many more).
In order to make sure that you have access to 100% of the live Premier League matches that NBC Sports will show next season, it's time to take action right now!
The days of soccer fans having to pay for online streaming products such as FOX Soccer 2Goare almost over. Beginning this August, soccer fans in the United States will be able to stream, for free with authenticated sign-on, all Premier League matches via NBC's TV Anywhere product named NBC Sports Live Extra.
The vast majority of soccer fans in the United States are excited about NBC Sports taking over the US media rights to the Premier League beginning this summer, but there are several misconceptions that are being bandied around on the Internet that I want to address, so that everyone has the information they need to ensure they'll have the optimal coverage before the season begins.
At Tuesday's press conference in New York City, to announce NBC's plans for its Premier League coverage, I sat down withJon Miller, who is the President of Programming at NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, and is responsible for all of the key programming decisions involved with the plans to broadcast 380 matches a season plus 600 plus hours of original Premier League programming.
At the NBC Sports press conference in April to announce plans for the Premier League coverage beginning on August 17, 2013, I had an opportunity to interview NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network Executive Producer Sam Flood about the visual appearance of the Premier League on US television, and what we can expect to see from a production perspective.
Jack McInerney, named to MLS Team of the Week and ranked No. 2 in MLS in the Castrol Index, says Union offense will take time to gel "if we keep switching it up every week." NBC announces Premiership coverage plans. More.
During a New York based press conference on Tuesday, NBC Sports announced its plans to televise the English Premier League beginning in August of 2013. Arlo White will transition from the network's lead MLS announcer to a new role as the primary EPL voice and will call games on-site from the U.K.
I'm getting ready to fly back to Florida after meeting with NBC Sports and the Premier League today, so I'll be filling everyone in later on details as well as some interviews I conducted.
But in the meantime, here's all of the information from NBC Sports that they published today in press release format:
NBC SPORTS GROUP'S 2013-14 PREMIER LEAGUE PROGRAMMING PLANS
Live Multi-Platform Coverage of All 380 Matches
Matches to Air Live on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, Premier League Extra Time, NBC Sports Live Extra and Other NBCUniversal Channels
All 10 Matches on Championship Sunday – May 11, 2014 – Available Live on an NBCUniversal Television Channel
More than 600 Hours of Original and Weekly Studio Programming on NBC Sports Network
New York – April 16, 2013 – All 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season will be presented live on NBC Sports Group's television and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels.
EXCLUSIVE: Arlo White, the voice of MLS on NBC, is expected to be announced next week as the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC's coverage of the English Premier League, according to an EPL Talk source.
White moved from England to the United States in 2010 where he became the voice of MLS team Seattle Sounders.
Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe are expected to be announced in the next few weeks as the latest additions to the NBC Sports team that will bring the English Premier League into millions of homes beginning this summer.
Rebecca Lowe has already been revealed as the host/presenter of NBC's EPL coverage.
Rebecca Lowe will join NBC Sports this summer to present the Premier League to US viewers, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
Lowe is the first publicly announced member of the NBC Sports team that will bring the Premier League into the homes of soccer fans nationwide beginning August, 2013 when NBC takes over the US media rights from FOX Soccer.
It's believed that NBC Sports will use native UK announcers for its coverage of the Premier League from 2013-2016, a UK source told EPL Talk. NBC executives were in London last week to present their coverage plans to the Premier ......
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It's believed that NBC Sports will use native UK announcers for its coverage of the Premier League from 2013-2016, a UK source told EPL Talk.
NBC executives were in London last week to present their coverage plans to the Premier League. NBC Chairman Mark Lazarus told Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch that "We will be authentic to the land of the EPL.
Fans of Premier League clubs in the United States reached the promised land yesterday with the announcementthat NBC Sports plans on showing every single game live, offering 600+ hours of original programming, hiring top talent such as Gary Lineker and having 20 matches shown live on free-to-air NBC in the first season.
The Sports Business Journal offers this interview with Dan Flynn, the CEO and Secretary General of US Soccer. Mr. Flynn is a sports business veteran who has previously worked on the sponsor side before coming to US Soccer 13 years ago. He was also part of a NCAA title winning team back in 1973.
We know many of the tales regarding the rivalry. While it isn't the match on NBC it is still a featured TV game this weekend on NBC Sports. There is a reason why this rivalry resonates not just here, but is recognizable around the country. Because in every corner of the country they have something similar.
This is the year we get it back The second of three Rocky Mountain Cup matches today! After a 1-1 draw on the West side of the mountains the Rapids have their best chance in a couple of years to claim the Cup with two home games remaining. The winner tonight will take a huge step to winning the 2013 Cup.
Job One for the weekend is accomplished, with the U.S. Men's National Team taking all three points out of snowy, snowy Denver last night. Now it's time for the second order of business: keeping D.C. United perfect at home. This week's obstacle is the Columbus Crew, who will be without their starting striker Jairo Arrieta but will still have dangerman Frederico Higuain pulling the strings.
MLS presents a veritable smorgasbord of tasty match-ups this weekend as part of a day-long celebration of the league's best rivalries. On Saturday alone, rivals clash across a 10-hour block, starting with the Red Bulls v. D.C. United at Red Bull Arena and climaxing with Seattle v. Portland from a packed house in Seattle.
At last, our long national nightmare is over. MLS is finally back, and D.C. United kicks off the 2013 campaign with a toughie: at the Houston Dynamo, in a stadium where nobody has beaten the Orange and a city where the Black-and-Red have never won. Add to that the Dynamo seeming to have our number and the Dwayne De Rosario's suspension for a preseason bout of insanity (and also headbutting), and Ben Olsen's side will have their work cut out for them.
-To kick things off, the Fire finally announced their local broadcast partner today. The Fire will again appear on MY50 (WPWR). Here is the official release with all the details. It will be nice to have the Fire once again shown locally in Chicago, as well as many times nationally via NBC Sports, ESPN2, etc.
With Major League Soccer set to start the 2013 season this weekend, I felt it was time to suggest some resolutions for the forthcoming season. Some of these might not be acceptable to some (or maybe a large amount) of MLS fans, but I am of the opinion that trying to abide by these resolutions would result in the 2013 MLS season being an enjoyable season, for us all.
Sporting Kansas City released the club's 34-game regular season schedule on Wednesday for the 2013 Major League Soccer season, highlighted by 13 matches that will be carried on national television networks across the United States.
Full season tickets start at $400 for 20-game packages, which will include all 17 MLS home regular season matches as well as both CONCACAF Champions League group stage home games and all home matches in the Lamar Hunt U.
So, you guys probably haven't heard, but it's rivalry week. And there's no rivalry week like Cascadia week. That sentence doesn't really make sense. And neither does the animosity of the Portland-Seattle relationship! But we participate anyway. Good times.
First, before anything else, listen to a certain Sounder at Heart contributer on the air at KJR.
The Fire are looking to register their elusive first goal and points of the 2013 campaign when they take on Sporting Kansas City in a Saturday matinee match on NBC Sports. The club's slow start has left fans disappointed and wondering where the spark is that helped them qualify for the 2012 playoffs while establishing a franchise record of 17 wins in a season.
The United States women's national team made new coach Tom Sermanni's debut a happy one cruising to a 4-1 win over Scotland. In front of over 18,500 in Jacksonville, Florida the Lady Nats opened 2013 and began their run up to next month's Algarve Cup.
A more impressive debut, though, was Christen Press, the 2010 Herman Trophy winner from Stanford, bagged two goals.
With a little more than two weeks to go before the roster is chosen for the huge World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, the coaching staff is closely monitoring the fitness and form of the player pool. Thanks to the plethora of networks covering soccer here, so can you. Here's a look at what you can watch this weekend of the current MNT hopefuls.
There will be two very different approaches in tonight's Desert Diamond Cup Final between Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake. Sigi Schmid made it clear this week that it will be a run for second teamers and trialists since the First Team started against Veracruz on Friday night. Kreis will almost certainly run his A-Team out, though there are questions as to their second forward - Findley v Plata.