If you’re a Time Warner customer and you’re a fan of watching the Premier League, you could miss out on up to 49% of all matches that will be shown live by NBC Sports beginning with the 2013-14 season.
Currently, Time Warner is one of the major cable companies in the US who are refusing to budge on providing soccer fans with access to all of the Premier League matches available. NBC Sports, via television and the Internet, are making every single Premier League match available to soccer fans in the United States.
Time Warner currently offers its customers access to NBC Sports Network, NBC, Telemundo/Mun2 and other NBC Universal channels such as USA Network, CNBC, etc. However, Time Warner currently have no plans to offer its customers access to the NBC Sports Live Extra app or Premier League Extra Time, according to a source close to the company.
NBC Sports Live Extra is the app that allows soccer fans to watch every single Premier League match live on their computer, tablet or mobile device. In order to access NBC Sports Live Extra, you need to verify that you’re a current cable or satellite provider. But even though NBC Sports is offering the NBC Sports Live Extra service, as well as Premier League Extra Time, to Time Warner (and other TV providers nationwide) for free, Time Warner has refused to agree a deal.
If you’re a Time Warner customer, what this means is that you’ll have access to 51% of the games televised by NBC Sports on television — on the TV networks mentioned above. But you’ll miss out on seeing the other 49% matches that will be shown live on NBC Sports Live Extra and Premier League Extra Time. (Premier League Extra Time are NBC’s overflow channels that will show all of the games live on television that aren’t being shown live on the above mentioned networks).
If things stay the way they are now with Time Warner, you’ll only have access to 196 of the 380 Premier League matches that will be shown live in the 2013-14 season, which kicks off on August 17.
Time is running out.
If you’re a Time Warner customer, you have two options. One, you can try to switch to a different TV provider (DISH Network will carry NBC Sports Live Extra, for example). Or, two, you need to call Time Warner today. And keep on calling them every few weeks until they change their minds.