First impressions of NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass service for soccer fans

Also, while the upcoming schedule of content on Premier League Pass is long and impressive, it’s not as easy to find the shows that have already aired. You can go to the full-event replays section, but you have to scroll past content for track and field, cycling and rugby to find the soccer content. Yes, you can use the drop-down navigation to select Premier League to filter out the other sports, but it’s another step. In addition to that, having a tab displayed on the website that says “Relive TDF’17” (for Tour de France) is overkill. Again, I didn’t subscribe to the cycling pass and I have zero interest in it, so why is it displayed on the main navigation when NBC Sports knows I’m not a subscriber to that service?

Last but not least, another way to watch the NBC Sports Gold content is through the NBCSports.com/live website where you can try to sort through what you can and can’t watch (the clips/highlights section is more accessible there).

Highlights

Speaking of highlights, on the Premier League Pass page at nbcsports.com/gold page, if you click on the ‘Highlights’ tab, you would expect to see a menu of highlights that are available to you from Premier League matches. Instead, there are no soccer highlights featured. All you see are links to highlights for rugby, track and field and cycling (see screengrab below).

With Premier League Pass, however, you can watch all 10 games available on replay under the NBCSports.com/gold website (under ‘Full event replays.’)

The match experience

The most important part of Premier League Pass is the matchday experience, and this is where the paid subscription service works best.

Thankfully, there are no banner advertisements and no spoilers to be found on Premier League Pass.

For me, personally, I was on the road this past Saturday so I wasn’t able to watch the Southampton-Swansea game live. But after returning home and avoiding all spoilers, the first thing I did was fire up the NBC Sports Gold app on the Roku, and then activated the app by entering a series of digits to verify that I was a Premier League Pass subscriber.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Premier League games on US TV and streaming

I was extremely thankful that the Southampton-Swansea match played as promised without any issues. After exiting the app to take a break and returning to the game later, the NBC Sports Gold app on the Roku asked me if I wanted to continue watching where I left off or to restart the game, which is a fantastic feature.

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