When NBC’s coverage of the 2013/14 Premier League season kicked off on the weekend of August 17, NBC Sports Group executive Rick Cordella was blown away by the sheer number of hours that soccer fans consumed. “It’s like March Madness every Saturday,” said Cordella. Soccer fans in the United States streamed more than 5.7 million minutes of Premier League action via desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Cordella, who is the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital for NBC Sports Group, took time out of his busy day today to speak with World Soccer Talk, to answer several questions many of us have about NBC Sports Live Extra.
As of press time, the list of TV providers who are offering NBC Sports Live Extra are AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS.
Here are the topics we touched on:
The ability to watch all 10 Premier League matches on demand via the app:
Cordella reassured me that NBC Sports is working diligently and quickly as they can to add the ability to make games available on demand. It’s more complicated than they first thought, but it’s a big priority for them, and they’re working on it.
Is a mosaic feature on the horizon for NBC Sports Live Extra, so fans can watch more than one game at a time via the app?
“We’d like to get there,” said Cordella.
The hot button issue about having the latest scores feature removed from the top right corner so all on-demand games are spoiler-free.
Cordella explained to me that they’re looking into it, but he’s not sure whether there’s a way to remove it since the feeds they’re using are the same as TV.
For the opening weekend, the one game that was available on demand was Swansea-Manchester United, but the game wasn’t made available online until late Saturday evening. What’s the likelihood that games will be available sooner on demand, in the future?
“They’ll be much faster. Almost instantaneous as soon as the game ends,” said Cordella.
NBC Sports Live Extra app for phones and tablets running Android:
An updated version of the app was released today for Android devices, just in time for gameweek 2 of the Premier League.
What about the NBC Sports Live Extra app for Apple iOS devices?
An updated version of NBC Sports Live Extra for iOS devices will be released in the next few weeks, which will provide an even better experience. The new iOS update will ensure that when the live streaming immediately begins that there is no blurry effect for the first couple of seconds of the broadcast (where the app currently checks your connectivity and adjusts the stream based on your bandwidth)