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All You Need to Know About Mobile & Internet Highlights on Fox Soccer Channel

fox soccer channel All You Need to Know About Mobile & Internet Highlights on Fox Soccer Channel

Fox Soccer Channel and the English Premier League announced on Monday that the U.S. soccer network has acquired the U.S. rights to the mobile and Internet highlights for the next three seasons beginning in August with the 2007/2008 season.

This is a positive step forward for Premier League fans in the United States, especially those who experience the EPL online. But what does the news actually mean and how will it work? EPL Talk has the answers and we can exclusively reveal that:

  1. The Internet highlights will be offered for free on FoxSoccer.com and will possibly be syndicated elsewhere.
  2. Mobile details are still in discussion, but they will probably be available as part of carrier video services offered on a subscription basis.
  3. The majority of Internet highlights will be available on Sundays at midnight. Highlights of Monday and midweek matches will be delayed by 24 hours.

To me, the mobile TV rights are more exciting than the Internet highlights. As the press release states, “The mobile package also features ‘in-match’ highlights allowing users to get their BPL highlights ‘on-the-go’ in near-real time,” which would be a perfect remedy for people who are away from their TV sets or those who have to work on weekends.

While the availability of Internet highlights is impressive, my concern is that the offering — which is essentially a Monday morning highlights package — won’t be very timely for the die-hard Premier League fan. After the EPL games on a Saturday morning, waiting until Monday morning may seem like an eternity. (Remember that the EPL Review Show is available on Sunday nights on Fox Soccer Channel).

The issue is compounded by the timeliness and availability of YouTube, who sometimes are able to provide highlights of matches just minutes after goals are scored. Two recent developments regarding this are the Premier League suing YouTube (May 4th) and YouTube testing copyright screening technology (June 12th).

Of course, even if the Premier League is able to stop game highlights from being posted on YouTube (and that’s a HUGE if due to the nature of user generated content and the sheer number of videos uploaded each day that would be practically impossible to police), there are hundreds of other sites out there that are similar to YouTube.

While impossible to control these other sites, what the Internet highlights package will provide Fox Soccer Channel is higher traffic to their site. Rather than scour through YouTube or visit sites such as 101greatgoals.com, Premier League fans will be able to visit one site on Monday morning for the highlights they may have missed.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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One Response to All You Need to Know About Mobile & Internet Highlights on Fox Soccer Channel

  1. eplnfl says:

    I would agree with the Gaffer that the website part of the deal is not significant for the dedicated fan.

    The mobile rights are interesting from the perspective that the business is out there for the EPL product. That shows the growth of the league in America.

    In game highlights would be a great addition but apparently not in the cards.

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