NBC Sports has announced its Premier League schedule for the first 3 months of the 2014/15 season.
Premier League action returns one month from today when the first match of the 2014/15 season kicks off featuring Manchester United against Swansea City. The TV coverage begins at 7am ET, and the kickoff will happen at 7:45am ET.
For the first 3 months of the season, all 130 games will be shown live on NBC Sports Live Extra with 68 games being shown live on television including 54 games on NBCSN, 11 on NBC and 3 on CNBC. The 62 remaining Premier League matches will be made available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.
Forty seven games will be shown on Telemundo/mun2, while 62 will be on Premier League Extra Time. The games telecast in Spanish by Telemundo and mun2 will also be streamed on the Deportes Telemundo en Vivo Extra app for mobile devices.
At least five games each week in the season’s first three months – will be presented on NBCSN, NBC and CNBC with all games preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.
USA World Cup star Tim Howard will make his NBC debut this season on August 23 for Everton against Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. ET. Howard, the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. Men’s National Team, was one of the 100+ Premier League players in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – more than any other professional league in the world.
All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets. Games airing on NBCSN will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
Last season, NBCUniversal launched unprecedented coverage of every Premier League match live on TV and via live stream. A record 32 million Americans tuned in to NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage. In addition, viewers consumed a total of 259.2 million minutes of live Premier League action via NBC Sports Live Extra last season.
Overall, the schedule looks impressive. Last season, NBC showed 20 games on its free-to-air TV network, while so far, for the first 3 months, we already have 11 scheduled. Plus, the October 26 match between Manchester United and Chelsea will be shown live on the over-the-air NBC network on Sunday, October 26 beginning at Noon ET, which could go a long way to breaking the record for the most watched EPL game on US television.