Fox Soccer Channel today launched a beta version of FoxSoccer.tv, its broadband website, in time for the 2010-11 Premier League season which begins Saturday, August 14.
The biggest change is that FoxSoccer.tv has switched broadband providers from RayV to Perform. Perform’s client list includes Virgin Media, Marca and Omnisport.tv. But Perform is perhaps best known to readers as the company that manages and maintains the majority of the websites for Premier League clubs. Some readers experienced issues with RayV’s platform last season, so the change to Perform’s platform is an encouraging move.
The launch of FoxSoccer.tv beta is just in time. FoxSoccer.tv’s schedule of Premier League games shown live begins this weekend with the availability of five Premier League games all at once, the 10am ET fixtures featuring Blackburn against Everton, Bolton versus Fulham, Wolves against Stoke, Wigan versus Blackpool and Sunderland against Birmingham City. Plus the coverage featuring Premier League clubs continues mid-week with the Champions League qualifying play-off match between BSC Young Boys versus Tottenham Hotspur. For the schedule of upcoming games on FoxSoccer.tv, visit this page.
Starting this weekend, FoxSoccer.tv will feature a pop-out media player so that you don’t have to keep a full browser window open. Plus, DVR capabilities will be added August 28th and a picture-in-picture feature later this fall. Even more exciting is that an iPhone app will be released later this month to watch games on your phone as well as an iPad version later this fall.
All of the Premier League games shown live on Fox Soccer Plus will be available on FoxSoccer.tv, so if your local TV provider doesn’t have Fox Soccer Plus or if you prefer to watch games online, FoxSoccer.tv is worth considering. Plus, FoxSoccer.tv has the Premier League games that are shown on Fox Soccer Channel available on demand on FoxSoccer.tv
To coincide with the launch of the beta version, FoxSoccer.tv is offering a free trial between now and August 27. Fox is also advertising monthly and annual pass options. The monthly subscription is $14.99, while the annual subscription is $159.99, a savings of $19.89 compared to the monthly option.
In addition to Premier League coverage, FoxSoccer.tv offers live and on-demand games from the Champions League, Championship and Serie A as well as rugby. FoxSoccer.tv is Windows and Mac compatible and features HD high-quality Flash stream video.
For soccer fans in the United States, especially those that follow Premier League clubs, everything has come together this week. FoxSoccer.tv beta has launched. Fox Soccer Channel HD and Fox Soccer Plus HD are now on DirecTV. ESPN has announced their schedule for Premier League games over the next week including coverage on ESPN3.com, TV and Mobile TV. The season is all set for us to sit back and enjoy.