If you’re wondering where to watch the Premier League on US TV, we have the answers you’re looking for.
Last updated: August 20, 2018
The Premier League, also referred to as the English Premier League (EPL) or BPL (Barclays Premier League), is the most-watched English-language soccer league in the United States. Worldwide, the league attracts nearly 5 billion viewers. In the United States, many of the games are watched by more than 1 million viewers each week (NBC Sports averaged 449,000 during the 2017/18 EPL season).
Unlike TV networks in England where an average of three Premier League games are shown live every weekend, soccer fans in the United States have access to all 10 games live every weekend, totaling 380 during an entire season.
Where to watch the Premier League on US TV
The TV network NBC Sports Group has exclusive EPL rights here in America through until the end of the 2021/22 season, and airs every single match on its platform of NBC channels. Most of these Premier League matches are shown on the NBCSN channel (or sometimes CNBC or USA), while the over-the-air NBC broadcast channel airs most Saturday 12:30-2:30pm ET matches throughout the season.
Launched in the 2017/18 season is a paid subscription service called NBC Sports Gold. It exclusively features 150 games per season. By launching Premier League Pass, NBC Sports has gotten rid of Premier League Extra Time completely. Here are more details about NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass.
Spanish speakers, select Premier League games are also shown on Spanish-language TV networks Universo (formerly known as mun2) and Telemundo. Universo usually broadcasts 1-2 Saturday games, while Telemundo typically airs 2 games on Sunday mornings.
Want to know when and where to watch your favorite Premier League club on US TV? Your best bet is to visit our Premier League TV Schedule page, which is updated every day throughout the year and often features TV listings before NBC Sports or the electronic programming guides reveal them.
If you miss the live broadcasts, NBCSN broadcasts its version of Match of the Day on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Premier League Goal Zone which is a highlight show catching you up on all of the goals you missed.
While NBC Sports’ TV coverage of the Premier League is exhaustive, their streaming coverage is even more impressive. With the NBC Sports App, most games are streamed live online to computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices such as the Roku and Apple TV, while the remaining 34% are streamed to NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass (paid subscription is required).
While the majority of soccer fans in the United States watch the Premier League on television, more and more people are switching to legal streaming services to watch the games on laptops, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs instead. The advantage is that you don’t have to be tied to a cable or satellite TV subscription. Plus you can watch the games when you want, where you want and on whatever device you prefer.
The four main streaming options to choose in the United States (other than NBC Sports, which you need a cable/satellite TV subscription to authenticate to) are fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue. fuboTV offers access to NBC (in select cities), NBCSN, CNBC, USA as well as FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes and a ton of other channels.
Launched in June 2016, Sling Blue offers NBCSN without requiring a cable or satellite TV subscription. Sling Blue also includes NBC in many markets in the United States.
On a typical Premier League weekend during the 2018/19 season, which starts on August 17, you’re able to watch 6-7 EPL games every weekend via fuboTV. The 2-3 games not included are on NBC Sports Gold ($50/season).
Here are the typical time windows when Premier League games will be shown live and on-demand via Sling Blue:
• Fridays, 2:45-4:45pm ET (NBCSN)
• Saturdays, 7:45-9:45am ET (NBCSN)
• Saturdays, 10am-Noon ET (NBCSN)
• Saturdays, 10am-Noon ET (CNBC)
• Saturdays, 12:30-2:30pm ET (NBCSN or NBC)
• Sundays, 8:30-10:30am ET (NBCSN)
• Sundays, 11am-1pm ET (NBCSN)
• Mondays, 3-5pm ET (NBCSN)
fuboTV also includes USA Network and CNBC.
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Club TV channels
Premier League matches at your local pub
Of course, if you want to interact with other fans while watching Premier League matches, you could always find a local pub in or near your area. Many club websites provide a list of official pubs here in America in which show most, if not all, of that team’s matches.
Plus, many Premier League clubs have official supporters clubs in the United States that can steer you in the direction of recommended pubs. See our interviews with Arsenal America, One United USA and Everton USA, among others.
Premier League matches on radio
Live radio broadcasts of matches are only available on talkSPORT on Tune-In. Also, you can listen to a live commentary of a Premier League game on the Sportsworld program, which airs on BBC World Service. Typically featuring commentator Alan Green, the radio broadcast features the second half of a Premier League game from 11:06am to Noon ET on Saturdays, and the complete broadcast of a Premier League game on Sundays from 11:06am to 1pm ET. The advantage of listening to these radio broadcasts on the BBC World Service (via TuneIn, Stitcher or the BBC website) is that the broadcasts aren’t blocked for listeners in the USA.
Premier League teams in cup competitions
While NBC Sports Group has the TV rights to the Premier League matches through until the end of the 2021-22 season, the rights to games featuring Premier League teams in other competitions are owned by other broadcasters.
UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches:
FOX Sports no longer has the rights to the Champions League and Europa League in the United States. The new rights holders are Turner Sports (on their TNT channel), B/R Live (for English-language streaming) and Univision Deportes (for Spanish-language TV and streams).
Group Stage coverage of the tournament begins in September each year.
One of the biggest changes that soccer fans will notice with the UEFA Champions League coverage for the 2018/19 season is the kickoff time. Instead of most of the matches kicking off at 2:45pm ET on a UEFA Champions League matchday, they will be begin at either 12:55pm ET or 3pm ET, which will allow broadcasters to feature a double-header of soccer coverage (see below):
• Group Stage: Tuesday, Sept. 18, through Wednesday, Dec. 12, with weekly matches held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 12:55 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET. All matches will be available on B/R Live, with one match per game window (two each day) televised on TNT,
• Round of 16: Tuesday, Feb. 12, through Wednesday, March 13, with matches on B/R Live and TNT each Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET
• Quarterfinals: Tuesday-Wednesday, April 9-10 and April 16-17, with live coverage on B/R Live and TNT at 3 p.m. ET
• Semifinals: Tuesday-Wednesday, April 30-May 1 and May 7-8, with matches on B/R Live and TNT at 3 p.m. ET
• Final: Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m. ET on B/R Live and TNT
FA Cup matches:
Returning to England, FOX Sports no longer has the rights to the FA Cup. The new rights holder is ESPN+.
The agreement will bring 79 FA Cup matches – beginning with the First Round in November and running through the Final – exclusively to ESPN+.
Additional content will be featured across ESPN+ and other ESPN platforms, including FA Cup highlights shows following match days, FA Cup preview shows and live coverage of the FA Cup draws. Furthermore, the semifinals and final matches of the FA Youth Cup – contested by registered clubs featuring players under 18 years of age – will be carried live on ESPN+.
Third Round coverage of the tournament begins in early January each year.
League Cup (Carabao Cup) matches:
As for the League Cup, now known officially as the Carabao Cup (and previously as the EFL Cup and Capital One Cup), ESPN+ has the rights to the cup competition. Select games from the League Cup are featured on ESPN+, the paid subscription service.
For the 2018/19 season, ESPN+ has been streaming games from every round of the competition. Matches are typically available live on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:45pm ET when the competition is being played.
Check our League Cup TV schedule for the latest fixtures.
If you have any questions about where to watch the Premier League on US TV, let us know in the comments section below.
Premier League teams featured in friendlies
Preseason friendlies featuring Premier League teams are shown across a variety of TV and online networks every summer. Check the US TV and Internet schedule for Premier League clubs for the latest listings.
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