Opening Weekend Premier League TV Schedule for US Viewers

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The US TV schedule for the opening weekend of the 2011-12 Premier League season has been finalized, and all ten games will be shown live either on television and/or the Internet.

With no early kick-off on the opening weekend, soccer fans in the United States will be able to choose from six 10am ET games played on August 13. ESPN2 kicks off its programming at 9:30am ET with Tottenham against Everton. While the match kicks off at 10am, it’ll be interesting to see if either Spurs or the Toffees have any major new signings that ESPN can talk about. Over at FOX Soccer, their 10am ET kickoff will be the highly anticipated Liverpool against Sunderland match, while FOX Soccer Plus will showcase Queens Park Rangers against Bolton Wanderers. All of the other 10am ET games will be available live on FOXSoccer.tv, FOX Soccer’s broadband channel.

On Sunday, the games featuring Chelsea and Manchester United will be shown live, while Monday’s match between Manchester City and Swansea City will be shown live on ESPN2.

Here is the complete TV/Internet schedule for the opening weekend of the highly anticipated 2011-12 Premier League season:

Saturday August 13:

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Everton, 10am, ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes
  • Liverpool v Sunderland, 10am, FOX Soccer (shown on replay on FOX Soccer at 11pm, and available on delay on FoxSoccer.tv at midnight)
  • Fulham v Aston Villa, 10am, FoxSoccer.tv (shown on delay on FOX Soccer at 2:30pm)
  • QPR v Bolton, 10am, FOX Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
  • Wigan v Norwich, 10am, FoxSoccer.tv (shown on delay on FOX Soccer Plus at 2pm)
  • Blackburn v Wolves, 10am, FoxSoccer.tv (shown on delay on FOX Soccer Plus at 4pm)
  • Newcastle United v Arsenal, 12:30pm, FOX Soccer (shown on replay on FOX Soccer at 8pm, and available on delay on FoxSoccer.tv at midnight)

Sunday August 14:

  • Stoke City v Chelsea, 8:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv (also shown on replay on FOX Soccer Plus at 8pm)
  • West Brom v Manchester United, 11am, FOX Soccer, (available on delay on FoxSoccer.tv at midnight)

Monday August 15:

  • Manchester City v Swansea, 3pm, ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes

Subject to change.

Throughout the Premier League season, stay tuned to EPL Talk for the most comprehensive Premier League TV schedule for viewers in the United States.

Which games will you be watching? Are you disappointed by any of the games that either FOX or ESPN have decided to show on television versus online? Let us know in the comments section below.


46 thoughts on “Opening Weekend Premier League TV Schedule for US Viewers”

  1. The FoxSoccer 2Go iPad app is up. Bit of a hassle to download as it’s not listed in the App Store on the iPad, but if you go to foxsoccer.tv, you can follow the links.

    1. I think it’s a bit of an interesting debate. In order to get FS+ on most cable providers, you need to pay a pretty big lump of cash per month. They also seem to force that 8:30 am Sunday slot onto FS+ with most matchups. At Fox, wouldn’t you rather have the high profile games on your widely available station for commercial revenue and exposure? I guess it’s a question of who the FS+ subscribers are: I tend to believe it’s the fans of Fulham-sized clubs who have a lot of their games on FS+ and die-hard footy fans. Do you really lose a lot of them if you broadcast a game like Tottenham/Man City on Fox Soccer on Aug 28th?

      Not that applicable for this week but just a general question I’ve been debating internally for a while.

      1. As I recall, a number of the early “top billing” Sunday game were shown on FSC. I still wonder why FSC+ is still around especially when FOX have proved that they can switch games to the reginal and national feeds when needed. FSC+ make no sense.

  2. I wish there was an early morning Saturday game. I love waking up to the start of a new Premier League season. Best feeling in the world… Well, almost.

  3. This is going to be a fascinating campaign. Hard to say this isn’t the deepest league right now. Top 8 or so teams are extremely strong. Lots of points will be drop.

    What is the point of having FS+? And I mean in the sense that why even have the channel at all? Is it actually profitable?

  4. Wooohoooooo!!!!

    Just disappointed that we have to wait a full 11 days though :(

    Both those Saturday 10AM TV games are excellent, I am not sure which I will focus on. The Sunday games are less inspiring.

  5. I just can’t stand that ESPN announces the scores for other EPL games on their broadcast and that stupid ticker…argh!…

    1. Agree. I really wish I could disable the ESPN ticker.

      Does anyone know if ESPN will be using Darke & McManaman again?

  6. Any idea if Time Warner Cable is going to get FSC in HD?
    FS+ is available in HD(which I purchased) but not FSC.
    It is really frustrating since normally the better games are on FSC

      1. I live in Raleigh, NC.

        I agree with serpico127, FSC in standard def is frustrating to watch because it is so fuzzy

        1. I live Raleigh as well. switched to ATT U-Verse. Get FSC HD and Gol TV HD. Need $10 sports package to get Gol TV HD but comes with a lot of other sports channels. Do not miss ‘Cable’!

    1. Michael, I am wonering the same. The only reason I have FS+ is that it is in HD. FSC has better games but at least in my area of TWC (NE South Carolina) FSC is a little fuzzy. I have emailed TWC several times with no response.

      1. I also don’t get FSC in HD and will only turn it on if FSC+, which I do get in HD, isn’t showing what I want to watch at some point that day. Players names and numbers are really hard to see and they seem to have a trail following them when they run. It just hurts my eyes. When this was first rolled out in HD Time Warner said it would most likely be available when the next batch of HD channels were made available. That came and went with no addition, so I was really hoping to have it added by the start of this season. That won’t happen and as the HD lineup seems to be locked down I’m feeling it wont be added until they decide not to renew other channels. Super frustrating, but nothing to be done. At least FSC+ looks nice and shows games.

  7. My cousin works in a relatively high position at Fox Soccer Channel. He told me to expect a lot less Arsenal live matches and more Manchester City and Liverpool. I guess this is the start of it…..

    1. What’s the rationale behind more liverpool and Man City games and less Arsenal? Makes no sense to me. Liverpool is being highly overrated in my opinion. As for Man City, I can understand that they are hottest thing out there in terms of the money being injected into the club. So I can understand them getting more live games. However, I don’t see why Liverpool should get more live games than Arsenal.

        1. First, let me state I can’t stand either Liverpool or Arsenal.

          But, Liverpool is a bigger club? Based on what?

          1) Team Value? Arsenal beats Liverpool – http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/34/soccer-10_Soccer-Team-Valuations_Rank.html

          2) Winning lately? Medicore? Why is a Liverpool fans bringing these up? Arsenal is in the CL…is Liverpool? Arsenal has won I believe 7+ trophies the last 10 years….what has Liverpool done?

          3) Fan support…ok, didn’t Liverpool struggle to average over 95% of their capacity last year which was good for 4th in the Premier League?

          Oh, and I applaud Liverpool for finishing 23rd in this Independent “Most supported in Europe” poll – http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/manchester-united-top-of-the-25-best-supported-clubs-in-europe-1816245.html?action=Gallery&ino=23

          So, maybe Liverpool is bigger than Arsenal….but that is simply based on their own bias…and little to no facts

  8. I’m stuck with Comcast as well with a landlord that is adamant that Direct TV or a satellite dish be installed ! I tried foxsoccerTV last year but my bill for internet went up to over 300-400 clams a month.

  9. I guess I’ll be paying the piper for Foxsoccer.tv so I can see my Norwich matches.

    If I had FSC+, I’d just go on media blackout until 2:00, but since I have Comcast it’s not an option.

  10. Wow Everton on the Deuce to start the season. I am definitley playing hooky from work that morning! UP THE TOFFEES!!

  11. My concern is the quality and consistency of FoxSoccer.tv Has anyone tried the new site? I have looked at the demo clip, but it looks horrible even on the high setting. I like the idea that they are offering a deal on the one-year subscription, but I am concerned that the quality actually has diminished from last year’s coverage.

    Cheers.

    1. They’ll be having a free trial soon so you’ll get a chance to give it a test drive. It’ll be a good chance to test the quality at that time.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

          1. Gaffer —

            Thanks for the update. I went ahead and bought the year package anyway. The idea of watching matches on the computer, iPad, and iPhone was too much to pass up.

          2. Sent them email asking regarding if there will be trial but never got a response back, so good to know they’ll have a free trial like last year, will definitely make my decision easier especially after the price being raised.

  12. For those griping about FS+: You have to remember that Fox did not own that channel or the rights to those games before last January. Before that it was Setanta. Fox bought many of their rights and their channel access slots on U.S. broadcasters.

    FS+ is a work in progress and will likely change as rights agreements expire and are re-bid in the future. Personally, I love it since I am also a rugby fan and the channel (in HD) is part of a great Sports Pass my local TWC station offers for just $6 per month.

    FSC HD would be nice, but I can live without it. However, I do understand the comments about crappy quality. The game on FSC is always my last choice and I won’t watch it at all if the match has no particular meaning for me. Tough to give up those ProActiv ads, though.

  13. Switch to ATT U-Verse if it is available in your area. I’ve had great customer support and service.
    i get FSC HD, Gol TV HD and could purchase FSC+ HD but choose not too, yet… I’ve had for over 6 months (have 4 TVs using shared DVR setup) and no problems. Each ‘Box’ has its own ethernet port as well so it makes it easy to hard-wire PC/Macs for internet services in remote rooms (it does have a built in wireless N router at the hub which works great as well.)

  14. Gaffer,

    do you know if fox will ever update the iphone app? it is still the same crappy design and no games are available. do you also know if all the games will be available for streaming, like serie a? cheers.

    1. Daniel, it’s possible they may move the Manchester derby to FOX Soccer. We won’t know until we get closer to that date though. Right now, the FOX Soccer Plus listing is an educated guess.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

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