NBC announces details of EPL coverage
by miamioh_irishfan (2013-04-16 11:11:48)
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NBC Sports has finally revealed its plans for the English Premier League, and upon first glance, the network's tonnage is as impressive as Robin van Persie in the six-yard box.

During a Premier League presentation at NBC's offices at 30 Rockefeller Center on Tuesday, the network announced all Premier League matches will include pre- and post-game studio coverage and be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, the network's live streaming product for desktop, mobile and tablets.

The network said games not aired on a designated NBC Universal channel would be made available to distributors via Premier League Extra Time, a package of overflow TV channels available at no extra cost for customers who receives NBC Sports Network. As announced in October, NBC Universal will air 380 Premier League matches across all platforms and devices in the United States. A source with knowledge of the negotiations told SI.com that NBC Universal's winning bid was $250 million for a three-year agreement, a sum more than triple the $23 million per year that Fox currently pays for its deal.

Stateside fans of the Premier League expect matches to be available over-the-air, and NBC Sports said its initial schedule will include 154 games on NBC Sports Network, 22 games on other NBC Universal channels and 20 games on NBC. There will be 184 games airing on Premier League Extra Time and 76 Spanish-language broadcasts on Telemundo (10) and Mun2 (66). There are plans to air more than 600 hours of original and weekly studio programming on the NBC Sports Network. NBC said it will air 30 hours of original Premier League programming weekly.


This is Fantastic news
by alleghenyirish  (2013-04-16 14:35:11)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Just pray they don't run commercials in the middle of games like in the Olympics


They certainly don't do that for MLS games
by miamioh_irishfan  (2013-04-16 16:40:03)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I can't imagine that would be part of their agreement with EPL either.


Other than the fact that ESPN won't push it
by Irishlawyer  (2013-04-16 11:17:25)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

that's about as much as an American soccer fan could hope for. Games on "free" cable channels, original programming, free internet streaming. That's quite a commitment.

I also hear John Hammond will not be calling games.


It's not free. The term to use is "at no additional cost".
by G.K.Chesterton  (2013-04-16 14:21:56)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

EDIT: For those who used to see games on ESPN3 via their Internet provider without having cable, it's "game over". Assuming Time Warner comes on-board, I will try to access via my folks' Time Warner account if possible.

EDIT2: There will be more games on free TV, since FOX hardly ever showed any and in my market, the local FOX station also carries Packer games and guess who won that battle?


I think they will all be available on the NBC Sports app
by Irish 01  (2013-04-16 17:46:45)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

As far as I can tell, there is not a tie into a cable provider like ESPN3.


I was under the impression it would be tied to a cable
by G.K.Chesterton  (2013-04-16 18:34:31)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

provider, like the WatchESPN and March Madness apps on Android/iOS are tied to a cable provider. I hope I am wrong.


Unfortinately, you're probably right
by Irish 01  (2013-04-17 01:51:45)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Otherwise why bother buying the extra package to include those channels. A boy living in London can dream...

Hard to believe, but the US gets far more games than we do here.


The streaming is huge *
by HTownND  (2013-04-16 11:23:18)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Yes. Although I don't subscribe to channels such ...
by Rocksteady74  (2013-04-16 11:58:21)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

... as NBC Sports Extra so I'm not sure how much of this I'll see.


The Blue & Gold game is on the app this year *
by Irish 01  (2013-04-16 17:47:42)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


NBC Sports Live Extra
by HTownND  (2013-04-16 12:55:22)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Isn't a channel per se, it's an app for phones and tables (and a web based solution for computers) that is available to certain cable providers, such as Verizon FIOS and Comcast.

It's part of the TV Everywhere deal. If you don't have one of those providers, it will happen sooner rather than later as NBC, ESPN and others push onto this platform.


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