Category: Soccer On TV

Schedule of soccer friendlies during international break on US TV and streaming

With the top soccer leagues from around the world taking a break until the end of the month, it’s time for the national teams to start preparing for this summer’s World Cup with a string of friendlies that will be played in all corners of the globe. In total, there are over 20 matches will be aired live on US television and/or streaming. On paper, some of the most highly-anticipated games include Russia-Brazil, Italy-Argentina, Germany-Spain, France-Colombia, Germany-Brazil, England-Italy, Spain-Argentina and Mexico-Croatia. Plus the USA will field a very young side against Paraguay in a match that should give several debuts ... Read more

FOX gears up for World Cup with films and ad campaign

FOX Sports is beginning to gear up for its coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup with a series of films as well as a soon-to-be-released advertising campaign that will emphasize the most marketable stars in the United States featuring Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo and Chicharito. The advertising campaign, entitled The World Becomes The World Cup, is expected to be unveiled in early March. In addition to promoting its unprecedented coverage from Russia, which will include more than 350 hours of programming, FOX Sports plans to emphasize how it’ll feature the iconic players, the best teams in the world and most compelling ... Read more

Man City-Arsenal League Cup final delivers strong numbers for ESPN and ESPN Deportes

The 2018 League Cup final between Manchester City and Arsenal averaged 789,000 viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, up 50 percent compared to the 526,000 viewers who watched the 2017 cup final on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS En Espanol. In the 3-0 Manchester City FC victory over Arsenal FC at the historic Wembley Stadium on February 25, the match announcers for the ESPN broadcast were Mark Donaldson and Craig Burley. The English-language telecast delivered 672,000 average viewers on ESPN, nearly three times the audience for the final in 2017 (230,000 viewers). The game on ESPN Deportes delivered an average ... Read more

Eredivisie now available in USA via OZ streaming service

After a long and frustrating time of no Eredivisie games available to soccer fans in the United States, a legal streaming service named OZ is now making select games available. Whether you’re a supporter of PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, Feyenoord or any of the Dutch teams, you’ll be glad to know that the wait is finally over. In previous years, US rights to the Eredivisie have jumped around from Univision Deportes and ESPN3 to NGSN, GolTV and the FOX Soccer Channel. But thankfully a new home has been found. Based in Iceland, OZ streams select Eredivisie games. Plus the streaming service ... Read more

The future of soccer broadcasting is going to get expensive for consumers

In the next five years, we are certain to see more volatility in the way soccer is broadcast and delivered to US audiences. As the broadcast and media industry in the United States continues to evolve in order to adjust to new realities in terms of audiences, it’s likely that change will be a common theme for the next several years as well as adding more confusing for consumers as they try to watch their favorite club, league or tournament. It will undoubtedly also get more expensive to be a soccer fan in the United States due to these changes. ... Read more

IMG combining FA Cup TV rights with Serie A to try to force sale in USA, says source

With the current TV and streaming rights deals for both The FA Cup and Serie A expiring at the end of this season in the United States, media broker IMG is having such a difficult time trying to sell the FA Cup rights that they’re now offering the FA Cup and Serie A rights together to try to land a deal, according to a World Soccer Talk source. In April 2017, we reported that representatives from The FA had met with FOX Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN to present what the TV and streaming rights would include for the 2018/19 ... Read more

New soccer streaming service iGOL debuts in United States

UPDATED: A new soccer streaming service named iGOL has launched in the United States. After speaking with the founder and taking the service for a test drive, the first impressions are very favorable. It’s cost effective (only $9.99 per month). Plus it integrates beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, GolTV in English and Spanish as well as a couple of other niche networks to form a robust soccer package that competes favorably against the offerings available from Sling TV, fuboTV and other streaming services. Headquartered in Miami, there are several differentiators about iGOL. First, the price is ... Read more

NBC network now available in 70 percent of US households via fuboTV

Fans of Premier League clubs in the United States who are cord cutters or considering getting rid of their cable or satellite service will be glad to know that the legal streaming fuboTV has significantly expanded its list of local over-the-air NBC networks. fuboTV has added 23 NBC networks, which means that fuboTV’s live streams of NBC networks are available in 70% of US households. Specifically for fans of Premier League clubs, that means that there’s no worry about missing out on the Saturday 12:30-2:30pm ET Premier League game or any other programming that airs on the over-the-air NBC network. ... Read more