NBC Sports’ Premier League Pass faces its first major test this weekend when 50% of the EPL games will be on the paid streaming service including Sunday’s match between Tottenham and Burnley.
The first big test the service, which is part of NBC Sports Gold, will face is how many Spurs supporters in the United States will decide to pay for it ($50 per season) and how many will decide to stream it illegally through other means. Given that this past Sunday’s Spurs-Chelsea match averaged 814,000 viewers between NBCSN and Telemundo combined, many of the viewers would be ideal candidates for Premier League Pass.
NBC Sports hasn’t publicly shared the total number of Premier League Pass subscribers, but the network will be able to gauge the interest level in the subscription service based on this game. The match between Spurs and Burnley kicks off at 11am ET Sunday and isn’t available on television nor the NBC Sports App. Premier League Pass is the only legal way for soccer fans to watch the game. On television, NBC Sports will show the Arsenal game against Liverpool at the same time on NBCSN.
So far this season, Premier League Pass had three games exclusively available during the first weekend, followed by four games this past weekend and now five games this weekend.
Over the course of the season, there’ll be an average of 3.5 games on Premier League Pass each week. Supporters of some clubs may see more than 60% of their matches available exclusively via Premier League Pass.
Here’s the schedule for this weekend’s Premier League matches on US TV and streaming (all times Eastern):
Saturday, August 26
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea, 10am, Premier League Pass ($50 per season)
Huddersfield vs. Southampton, 10am, Premier League Pass ($50 per season)
Watford vs. Brighton, 10am, Premier League Pass ($50 per season)
Sunday, August 27
West Brom vs. Stoke, 8:30am, Premier League Pass ($50 per season)