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Turner Sports acquire Scottish Premiership rights

EXCLUSIVE: Turner Sports, the new rights-holder for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in the United States, has added to its arsenal of soccer rights by acquiring the live and on-demand streams of key Scottish Premiership games.

The matches will be streamed to viewers in the United States via the B/R Live streaming platform from Bleacher Report. B/R Live is the new streaming home of the Champions League and Europa League beginning in the summer of 2018. But with just weeks to go in the Scottish top division, B/R Live subscribers can watch the culmination of the Scottish league as Celtic aim to win the title.

The timing of the acquisition of the Scottish Premiership rights in the US is perfect. This Sunday, B/R Live will stream the Celtic-Rangers Old Firm Derby live from Celtic Park. The Celtic-Rangers match kicks off at 7am ET. A win for Celtic against their arch-rivals will guarantee the Bhoys their seventh top-flight title in a row.

B/R Live is a paid subscription streaming platform, but it’s being offered for free (with no credit card required) until June (see B/R Live FAQ for more details).

World Soccer Talk understands that the deal between the Scottish Premiership and Turner Sports is a multi-year agreement that was brokered through MP & Silva.

Under the agreement, the high-profile matches will be available to viewers in the United States with an average of 2-3 games available each weekend. For more details, visit our Scottish Premiership TV schedule page.

Today’s news is fantastic for fans of Scottish soccer in the United States. The league, which has a hardcore audience, has suffered recently due to no US television or streaming contract after FOX Sports declined to renew its deal. Prior to today’s announcement, fans of select Scottish clubs could subscribe to a club’s streaming package, which was priced at more than $100 per season.

B/R Live is available on iOS, web and Android devices. In the summer, it will launch on TV-connected devices (presumably Roku and AppleTV).

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. stuart

    August 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    How is that agreement changed since the SPL ripped up the agreement with MP and Silva?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      B/R Live will stream Scottish Premiership deals for the time being until a deal with whoever the rights winner will be. That could end up being B/R Live, or it could move to a different streaming provider (and/or TV networks).

      • John Smith

        May 22, 2019 at 3:21 pm

        Do you know if the Scottish premierships play off will be streamed live, trying to find out but the site’s a bit of a mess.

        • Christopher Harris

          May 22, 2019 at 4:38 pm

          As of right now, nothing is listed on B/R Live for those games.

  2. Brian Fitzsimons

    June 19, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    What TV Station will carry the Scottish Premier League in 2018-2019? I miss watching the Scottish Premier on Fox Soccer Plus.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 19, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      The Scottish Premiership won’t be on television for 2018/19 in the United States. It’ll only be available via streaming through Bleacher Report Live.

  3. Gerard Mckay

    May 5, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Can we in th UK subscribe?

    • Christopher Harris

      May 5, 2018 at 6:54 am

      B/R only has the rights for US only. Sorry.

  4. mccort912

    April 29, 2018 at 9:38 am

    It had a reliable stream this morning and looked great, the site is kind of a mess but it’s new so I am sure it will improve over time.

  5. Carl K

    April 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Do we know if this service will be available via Playstation?

  6. Paul

    April 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    By “key Scottish Premiership games” what this actually means is only games involving Celtic & Rangers including all games between these 2 teams?

    • mccort912

      April 29, 2018 at 9:37 am

      They have other games on the schedule besides those two clubs.

  7. tim

    April 27, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I hate all of this. You need 3846 or whatever subscriptions to watch everything? I seriously do miss Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta days.

    You guys at WST have done a great job before with this but soon we may need an updated chart of where we can watch certain leagues.

  8. Sam K

    April 27, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Any idea how much a monthly subscription to this service is going to cost?

    • Christopher Harris

      April 27, 2018 at 10:20 am

      No idea. They haven’t released any details. What I do know is that they’re going to have several different pricing options, so you can pay per game or a monthly subscription. And presumably an annual contract too.

  9. Hmmm

    April 27, 2018 at 7:05 am

    It’ll be interesting to see if they offer a subscription to any of their properties. A big part of their model seems to be (lower cost) PPV.

  10. Jeff

    April 26, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Think they’ve had the rights for a few weeks already – was able to stream a game last weekend through the app

  11. Russell

    April 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    They need to add a hide scores feature on their app. Otherwise it’s going to be hard for me to use their service considering I need to time shift my viewing.

  12. DN10

    April 26, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Interesting to see Turner get more soccer rights. Any other leagues to watch out for?

    • Brian

      April 26, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      I could see them make a bid for FA Cup. As far as I know, the US rights starting next season are still up for grabs.

      • Eddie

        April 26, 2018 at 10:38 pm

        Is possible that turner sports gets more soccer coverage in the future.

        • NaBUru38

          April 27, 2018 at 8:21 am

          The Copa Libertadores?

          • Eddie

            April 27, 2018 at 8:40 am

            I’m not sure that turner is interested get that rights and I think turner probably get more soccer like fa cup and other most popular in the world in soccer?

            • mccort912

              April 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm

              They have the Champions league, Polish cup and Scottish league so far. So I don’t think they are just going for the most popular.

              • Eddie

                April 27, 2018 at 9:21 pm

                Will it be in TV or streaming?

                • George

                  April 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm

                  Read the article

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