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EPL Talk Launches Android App: Plus Other Announcements

With a break in Premier League action, it’s perfect timing to bring you up to speed on several exciting developments within EPL Talk and our network of sites:

1. Regular features.

You may have noticed that we’ve added several regular columns and live blogs/chats to the site throughout the week. The plan is to provide consistency throughout the week in addition to the steady stream of articles that cover everything from the Premier League to latest news from the TV networks that show the wonderful sport.

To help see what a typical week looks like, here’s our weekly schedule:

  • Monday: Premier League Footballer Of The Week column by Jesse Chula. Join in the debate every Monday morning when Jesse reviews the matches from the weekend and singles out the stand-out players, picks who he thinks is best and asks you, via a poll, to vote for your favorite.
  • Monday through Friday: Premier League Links of the Day by Footie Phantom. Each weekday, we cull through all the best videos, stories and photos to share them with you, so you don’t have to spend precious time hunting for them yourself.
  • Thursday: EPL Weekend Viewing Guide by David The Yank. The popular weekly column lists the TV viewing guide for the weekend complete with a recommendation of which games should be watched first.
  • Thursday/Friday: EPL Talk Podcast (weekend preview episode). Released either Thurday or Friday, the second EPL Talk Podcast episode of the week features Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer summing up the mid-week action and giving you a preview of the weekend’s matches to come.
  • Friday: Friday Flashback Videos. Every Friday, I take a trip down memory lane to unearth a video from yesteryear. Most of the time it’s footage from a match played decades ago so we can compare it to today’s level of play and see how the sport has regressed or progressed, depending on your opinion.
  • Friday: Fantasy Premier League Tips. Stuart Webb provides helpful tips and advice of how to rack up the points in Fantasy Premier League.
  • Saturday: Premier League Saturday, Open Thread. We always create an open thread every Saturday for you to share your feedback, rants, questions and observations before, during and after Premier League games.
  • Sunday: Premier League Sunday, Open Thread. Same as above except it’s for Sunday’s Premier League menu.
  • Sunday: EPL Talk Podcast Pre-Show Open Thread and Live Show. Every Sunday afternoon EPL Talk Podcast host Richard Farley asks you, the readers, for suggested topics and questions for the live EPL Talk Podcast show which is streamed live via the homepage of EPL Talk. During the actual taping of the show itself (2pm PT/5pm ET/10pm GMT), you can chat live with Richard, Laurence and Kartik as well as fellow EPL Talk readers from around the world.
  • Sunday: EPL Talk Podcast. The show, recorded from earlier, is released on the EPL Talk homepage for you to download and/or stream via the website.

Another important new feature of EPL Talk is the live blogs/live chats for Premier League matches. Every weekend we pick 1-2 matches where you’ll be able to participate in a chat during the game itself. The live blog/live chat hosts, either Jonathon Feyerherm or Joel Bick, will post a preview of the live blog/live chat a few hours before kick-off so you can be sure you won’t miss it.

Last but not least, one of the most exciting new features of the EPL Talk site is the Match Spotlight analysis of 1-2 games per week courtesy of EPL Talk blogger Earl Reed. The articles go into a very deep analysis of how the teams lined up, tactical changes made during the game and key players who were instrumental in a team’s victory or defeat.

2. Android app

By huge demand, I’m proud to announce that EPL Talk has now launched its official EPL Talk Podcast app for Android smart phones. The app is just $1.99 and is automatically updated on your phone as soon as each new podcast episode is released. Download the EPL Talk Podcast app for Android today!

3. Expanded network

Some of you may know that EPL Talk is not the only site in the network. We also have sister sites which cover the major leagues around the world. And now we’ve expanded each site to include more articles than ever before by a team of writers who are updating the sites weekly (and in some cases, almost daily):

  • Bundesliga Talk: Dylan Thomas writes extensively about the German league and national team.
  • Championship Talk: Kristian Downer covers the Championship, inside and out.
  • Champions League Talk: Writers Niccolo Conte, Mark McAllister and Lonnie Smetana cover the most popular club cup tournament in the world from head to toe.
  • La Liga Talk: Andy Pineda and Rami Soufi cover the Spanish league from top to bottom.
  • Major League Soccer Talk: Robert Hay, Daniel Feuerstein, Randy Capps and others cover MLS and USMNT in a series of articles, while Richard Farley and Chris Riordan host the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast.
  • Serie A Talk: Niccolo Conte and Rami Soufi cover the Italian domestic league and national team.
  • Soccer On Dish: Jim Baldwin covers the cable and satellite business as it relates to soccer. He’s written articles recently about ESPN2, how World Cup 2018 and 2022 will affect viewing times and more.
  • World Cup Buzz: The World Cup may be over, but Sebastian Shepard covers all sorts of World Cup-related topics such as FIFA, Ballon d’Or, Euro 2012 qualifying and more.

4. Interview

The EPL Talk Podcast was recently nominated for a 2010 Soccerlens Award in the podcast category and conducted an interview regarding the honor. You can read the interview with me here.

In addition to all of the above announcements, expect a flurry of great end-of-the-year posts between now and January 1.

Thanks for your support. And if you have any questions about the recent developments, feel free to post them in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Art V

    December 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Why not make Android app free like an iphone/itouch app?

    • The Gaffer

      December 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      We have two iPhone apps for EPL Talk. One is $1.99. The other one is free. The company who made the iPhone one (retailed at $1.99) is the same company who converted the app to the Android phone. It’s the same sticker price ($1.99).

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  2. Jahoki

    December 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Great! Fantastic stuff here. Thanks for this.

    …but the market app description says “The EPL Talk iPhone app features…” Not a big deal, but just something I wanted to bring to your attention.

    • The Gaffer

      December 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      Yep Jahoki. That needs to be updated, but it is an Android app. I’ll get it updated in the near future.

      Cheers
      The Gaffer

  3. Martin

    December 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Any possibility of a Blackberry app?

    • The Gaffer

      December 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

      No immediate plans right now, but we will consider it if there’s enough interest.

      Cheers
      The Gaffer

      • Martin

        December 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm

        Well, consider me interested person #1

  4. B

    December 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Nice work. Relatively new to this site and digging the content. Thank you and keep it up!

    go gunners

  5. David G

    December 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Great to see a steady stream of quality reading material. Will we still get to read the one-off columns that currently populate the site?

    • The Gaffer

      December 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      Most definitely yes. Everyday.

      Cheers
      The Gaffer

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