The Premier League on NBC Sports Live Extra: On Demand, Android, MOTD and More

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)

Whether the amount of people watching Premier League games via NBC Sports Live Extra exceeded his expectations:

Cordella mentioned that the amount of minutes watched online exceeded his expectations tenfold.

Will additional Premier League programming, other than games, be made available on NBC Sports Live Extra?

Cordella answered that the plan is to go ahead and offer as much of the Premier League programming as possible including NBC’s Match Of The Day, the Premier League Preview Show, Premier League Review Show and other shows.

How did the 5.7 million minutes consumed on opening Premier League weekend compare to other sporting events that NBC Sports has aired online before?

For a recent Stanley Cup Final, the NHL game generated 9.2 million hours viewed via the app, and that was just one game. The 2012 Super Bowl had 2 million minutes consumed.

Is there any chance of Time Warner Cable adding NBC Sports Live Extra this season?

Regarding Time Warner Cable, Cordella explained that the ball is in Time Warner’s court to make a decision, and that an offer from NBC “is in their laps.” Cordella is hopeful that Time Warner will agree.

Are there any plans to add the NBC Sports Live Extra app to Xbox, PlayStation or Roku in the future?

“We’re looking at it,” says Cordella.

The Premier League impact on NBC’s soccer website, Pro Soccer Talk:

August 17, the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League season, was the highest trafficked day in the history of the site thus far.


Cordella and I concluded our discussion by talking about how soccer fans watch the Premier League far differently than the average American watches traditional American sports. Soccer fans who watch the Premier League rely on watching games on demand and online far greater than fans do for other sports. That makes NBC Sports Live Extra an even more necessary and powerful app to allow US soccer fans to be able to watch as much Premier League soccer as they can.


30 thoughts on “The Premier League on NBC Sports Live Extra: On Demand, Android, MOTD and More”

  1. I really do appreciate MOTD & MOTD2 being available to me On Demand without commercials.

    I know I complained a lot about games only being available in HD On Demand but this has still been almost like having Christmas in August.

    1. Re: On Demand games for Premier League Extra Time, NBC Sports provides all of the games in HD quality, so if your TV provider is showing them in SD, you need to contact your TV provider.

          1. Optimum/Cablevision is indeed downgrading the signals from HD to SD, for all but one of the Extra Time matches. When you contact customer support they lie and say "that is how [NBC] is providing us the matches". I have repeatedly told them that NBC is providing HD signals to all. Optimum/Cablevision are providing a widescreen SD downgrade, and the SD channels also simply won't record, on either Optimum's DVR+ or on Tivo devices.

    2. Out of curiousity, where can I find MOTD and MOTD2 on NBC Live Extra? I can't seem to find it on the website or on any of the apps. Thanks in advance

  2. It's disappointing that they're showing such a small quantity of games on Telemundo and mun2. I had better EPL coverage on Fox/ESPN Deportes.

  3. Side issue but the extra time games on DIRECTV are scheduled 7-11 so they mess up the recording schedule for the 9.30 game. All CA times.

      1. The app is still broken the last time that I checked. At least it's not working for my Samsung Galaxy S3. On Google Play it has a rating of 2.1 due to the fact that it simply doesn't work for most users.

      2. Checked the Play Store on my Nexus 7 and still no update. I opened the app too and it's still just as broken as ever.

        1. this is what happens when you have a fragmented system across multiple devices. I would check with the manufacturer or check your app store for availability.

  4. Glad to read the goal is all games available on demand. Not as happy with the ambiguous timeline for the improvement.

  5. Here is hoping we get the games on time today not 35 minutes late. Want to watch the Stoke v Palace game ......
    All our past on demand games are now gone so waiting for it to populate the new games hopefully.

  6. So, I checked this morning and they did update it. There's a new update. It has a slightly new interface but here's the kicker. It doesn't work. all. I select a video and it just reverts back to the main screen. At least the previous update showed a little video for maybe even a minute or a few seconds before freezing. NBC needs to get their schit together. This is just embarrassing. A multi million or even billion dollar company can't make a basic app.

  7. After an initial failure the first time I opened the newly updated app this morning, it has finally been working. I had one crash and since then have been able to watch the Fulham v Arsenal match.

    So, it seems to be working, at least for the Samsung GS3.

    1. NBC released an update at 5am ET this morning, so it should be working on most Android devices now.

  8. The new android app doesn't work in either the Nexus 10 or Samsung Galaxy S4. cleared cache and even uninstalled the previous version before re-installing. Video seems like it's about to play then disappears. Garbage app still.

  9. I updated the Android app on my Nexus 7 and its fine. A little hiccuppy initially so I switched to a different game as the first one wouldn't load.
    The second game loaded so I tried the first one again and it was fine.
    Much much better than it was.

  10. Gaffer, any news on Dish getting NBC Sports Live Extra?

    Only way I can watch is online, would rather have it on a 60 inch TV .

    Contemplating moving to Directv.

  11. Gaffer, many thanks for staying on top of this for us all. TV shows are great, but the App is a bit of a shambles so far. Ondemand full games THAT DON'T SHOW THE SCORE BEFORE YOU FIRE IT UP are the holy grail, the sooner they get that sorted the better.

  12. Sorry, for Live Extra (on tablets, phones, computers), are games available On Demand? When I click on my iPad to the Replay section for Premier League, there is absolutely nothing listed. Has anyone successfully seen a match on demand, and, if so, could someone please tell me what I might be doing wrong as I can't seem to locate any On Demand matches, not this week, not last week, and not the first week. Same question when using one's computer. Thanks


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