When NBC said it was all in for the English Premier League, it was not kidding. For its inaugural season, NBC will provide access to all of the games either on TV, computers, mobiles or tablets. The NBC Sports Group has unveiled its schedule for the first three months of the 2013-14 season totaling 130 matches, spanning five NBCUniversal TV networks, providing extra channels on various cable and satellite providers and utilizing its existing mobile and tablet app.
Let's break it all down for you.
NBC Sports Group will place 69 games on television. NBC Sports Network will get the bulk of the matches with 57. NBC will air ten games with CNBC taking 2. NBCUniversal's Spanish language networks, Telemundo and mun2 will air a total of 27 matches, many being simulcasts of NBCSN or NBC games.
So the breakdown goes as follows:
NBC Sports Network
NBC Sports Group's first English Premier League game will air on Saturday, August 17 as Liverpool takes on Stoke City at 7:45 a.m. ET. Then NBC gets into the act just under four hours later wtih returning champions Manchester United hosting Swansea City.
NBC Sports Network will air one of the EPL's most heated rivalries, Manchester United vs. Chelsea on August 26 at 3 p.m. ET.
Premier League Live will air 30 minutes before and for 30 minutes after each game on NBCSN, NBC and CNBC. It will be hosted by Rebecca Lowe who comes to the NBC Sports Group from across the Atlantic. She had been a host on ESPN UK.
Arlo White will be the main play-by-play voice for the English Premier League.
PREMIER LEAGUE EXTRA TIME
This will be the equivalent of Fox Soccer Plus, but with more games being shown on extra spillover channels each week. However, unlike Fox Soccer Plus which cost extra for cable and satellite subscribers, participating providers including AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, Suddenlink and various smaller cable companies through the National Cable Television Cooperative will offer 61 English Premier League games at no extra cost to you. So you won't have to pay and those matches that were offered either through Fox Soccer Plus or FoxSoccer2Go will now be part of your cable subscription.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA APP
All 130 English Premier League games will be offered online or through mobiles and tablets thanks to what is known as "TV Everywhere." This is the effort by the TV industry to make programs available through multiple platforms. For the EPL, NBC will utilize its NBC Sports Live Extra App available on both iOS and Android platforms. Games from NBC will be available for everyone. However, the rest of the 120 games from NBCSN, CNBC or the Premier League Extra Time will have to be authenticated through participating cable and satellite providers. And thus far, AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and a number of smaller cable providers will allow their subscribers access to the EPL online.
So in the first three months, all of the EPL games will be made available in some fashion through an NBC platform. For soccer fans, it's a huge smorgasbord that may cause sensory overload. For fans who were used to getting two or three live games a week through Fox Soccer, this will be a huge increase in the access to the most popular soccer league in the world.
If NBC finds loyalty from viewers paid back through increased numbers on both TV and online, the investment to wrest the EPL away from Fox and ESPN will have been worth it.
This is B.S. for U.S. soccer fans used to the FSC format, NBCSN coverage of BPL is anemic!!! It appears NBCSN procurement of BPL broadcast rights is a ruse to prevent futeball from replacing football as America 's game of choice by limiting coverage of BPL coverage!!! FoxSC needs to "grow a pair"!!!
There's no such thing as the EPL, Two Premier clubs are Welsh. Swansea and Cardiff. You do your readers a disservice using that term. The correct term is the BPL.
Divesting oneself from ESPN overkill is always a win win situation. However I was able to record all EPL games and watch them during the week as LIVE was not a necessity. So with this mish mash of broadcasts it will be difficult to follow the EPL game by game. No panic. Will see how things shake out. Now to get Verizon FIOS on the ball and offering NBC Premier League Extra Time could be a challenge as that companies priorities are always disheveled. Locked in on a bundle plan so can't bail out on them yet.
It's not soccer - it's football. That's how the world (English speaking and more) knows it. this is wonderful news. Thank you NBC. We in Canada are happy to watch you too.
I'm looking forward to seeing how NBC handles Premier League Extra Time. This could be a preview of how sports in the media is handled, especially for sports just below the main three: MLB, NFL, NBA.
I would love it if MLS when their next contract is up goes with the model the Premier League rights were sold where the broadcaster gets all the rights and will broadcast all the games live getting rid of the Direct Kick PPV package. NBC has proved that they can create overflow channels that are only used once a week to broadcast all of the Premier League fixtures. Of course MLS teams would be allowed to sell their local TV rights.
Given that there are a few DH's involved on some days, I have to wonder who NBC is getting for the #2 broadcast team.
@IanAshton The English Premier League consists of England, Ireland, and Wales. It's called the English Premier League because they are the original English speaking countries. Please note it is English Premier League, not England Premier League. Heck, if they wanted to they could expand to the United States and Scotland, and it would still be correct because they are English speaking countries.
@IanAshton thats funny. im an american who lived in england for 6 years. if you mention the BPL (barlcays premier league) in england let alone anywhere in europe and they will have no idea what your talking about. its called the EPL. you dont go around calling the "NBA" the "Sprint NBA" cause thats its main sponsor now do you? come on, this is why europeans dislike americans view of sports. just call it like everyone in the world calls it. Sponsors change every so often so you dont change the league title every time the sponsor of the league's contract has run up.
@kenmal55 You can add Australia and Ireland to those English speaking countries that tend to call it Soccer, as they each have their own brand of football. A you fail to mention that Soccer is originated in England and is still used. Clubs have youth "soccer academies", SKY has Soccer Saturday, etc. Read some older English newspapers and you'll see the use of Soccer quite common. But don't let facts mute your arrogance.
@kenmal55 If you want to get specific, it's futbol or soccer here in the states. It doesn't matter what the rest of the world calls it when you lie in the US, or Canada for that matter. You'll notice the rest of the world calls the NFL American Football, and its popularity is clearly spreading as they will contest American Football in the 2015 World University Summer Games.
If you want to ignore the rest of the world and the governing bodies of football (FIFA, EUFA, CONCACAF, etc) - that is your choice. Or refer to the 'world famous' ? World University Summer games (lol) - then do so by all means. Typical arrogance Bouzou (this is for you too). I'm just telling you that the world refers to this wonderful game as football now - NOT soccer.
@kenmal55 kenmal, maybe you should step off your high horse and breath. No one is attacking you or saying that your statement is a lie. If Australia, Ireland, and the US refer to it as soccer, then it will always be soccer in these parts. It doesn't matter how the rest of the world refers to it, because we don't live in the rest of the world. We live in countries where they call it soccer to distinguish it from their own types of football.
However, as I tried to point out, and as you seem to be too high and mighty to accept, American football is on the rise. It has been accepted as an event at the World University Games, the second largest International competition in the world, and yes, it happens to be more famous in other parts of the world than in the US. It was submitted as an event for the real life Olympics under the name of football as well. Perhaps we should turn to the Olympics themselves. Do you know how the Olympics refer to soccer? They refer to it with the Spanish pronunciation, futbol. They don't refer to it as football. It's futbol.
So step off your high horse and stop trying to correct an opinion. Like it or not, it will NEVER be classified as football in countries where they already have something else classified as football.