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NBC’s Peacock to include Premier League games

When NBC’s brand-new streaming service named Peacock launches this summer, subscribers in the United States will have another way of accessing non-televised matches from the Premier League.

Beginning August 2020, soccer fans will be able to watch non-televised Premier League games through Peacock Premium for $10 per month (no ads) or $5 per month (with ads).

While Peacock Premium will not replace NBC Sports Gold (that service will still continue as-is), one advantage of Peacock Premium is a slight cost savings from what subscribers were accustomed to paying for NBC Sports Gold (ranging from $39.99 to $64.99 per season depending on the tier of service you wanted).

For the 2020/21 season, Peacock Premium (and NBC Sports Gold) will stream more than 140 non-televised Premier League matches to viewers in the United States.

According to a press release from NBC Sports, “soccer fans will be treated to 2,000 hours of Premier League coverage, including more than 140 matches that aren’t available on television, as well as clips and replays of the most exciting moments from the pitch.”

The free version of Peacock won’t include access to televised nor non-televised Premier League matches, but it will offer more than 7,500 hours of programming. Peacock Free includes next day access to current seasons of TV shows, popular movies, curated daily news and sports programming including the Olympics, Spanish-language content, select episodes of marquee Peacock originals and tent-pole series, as well as curated Peacock streaming genre channels such as SNL Vault, Family Movie Night and Olympic Profiles. Note that Premier League matches will not be available next day via the free version of Peacock.

Interestingly, Comcast and Cox cable subscribers will get free access to Peacock Premium with ads and can pay $5 per month for the ad-free version. By partnering with Comcast and Cox, Peacock will have from the start more than 24 million subscribers.

Facing competition from Disney (who created the ESPN+/Hulu/Disney+ bundle), Peacock could be a force to be reckoned with in the streaming world.

The streaming service Peacock will launch nationally on July 15. Xfinity X1 and Flex customers will have early bird access to Peacock Premium starting April 15.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Emmett J Ryan

    April 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    2000 hours is only about 20 games (90X20=1800) so the premier league games I am assuming is what is available for free right now on Saturdays. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

    • Chronos

      April 30, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      If matches take 90 hours then I understand why it it so difficult to finish the season!

    • Monte Reed

      May 1, 2020 at 7:05 am

      90 minutes plus extra time and half time is about 2 hours (120 minutes) per game. 2000 hours/2 hours=1000 games.

  2. Rej4sl

    January 21, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    As an xfinity customer it will be nice to get these games back agan

  3. David the Yank

    January 21, 2020 at 8:42 am

    It would be great if WST can do an update article this summer (prior to us deciding on Gold vs. Peacock) and get the FULL story from NBC on whether Peacock will or won’t be a full substitute for Gold for watching PL games. The 3 specific questions I have:
    1) Will we be able to watch “Gold” games live on Peacock, and will Peacock contain the whiparound “Goal Rush” channel too?
    2) Will be able to watch “Gold” games on demand after airing on Peacock?
    3) What will be the difference on Peacock for PL games between the ads and no-ads pricing tiers? e.g. the most specific question I have is if we subscribe to the ads version of Peacock, and if they do indeed have Gold games available for on-demand viewing after first airing, will Peacock be inserting tons of new ads, so that (say) every 10 mins game action will be interrupted for non-skippable ads? (If so, then for my use Peacock will be unusable and not a bargain, and I will continue to pay a few bucks extra for Gold)

    Thanks Chris!

  4. Whit Waltman

    January 17, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Does anyone know if Peacock plans to offer the regional NBCSports channels? I have been a Fubo subscriber because they carry NBCSports Boston in my area (I’m a NE Revolution supporter) but am switching this season to YouTube TV, which carries NBCSports Boston *and* the ESPN family (Fubo does not) *and* is slightly cheaper than Fubo–but if Peacock carries NBCSports Boston I would be tempted to subscribe to that service.

    • Christopher Harris

      January 18, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      Regional NBCSports channels will not be on Peacock.

  5. Ryan

    January 17, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    On peacock are the games on demand at a certain time after the match has been played? Or do you have to wait till 9pm like with gold?at least on espn+ the matches are on demand a hour or two after the match has been played

    • Rich

      January 19, 2020 at 6:16 am

      I haven’t seen any reference to on demand in peacock promotional literature. In the event they would have on demand games , peacock would indeed cannibalize most of the need for nbc gold.

  6. Frederick

    January 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    The article claims approx 2000 hours of untelevised games will be made available. Yet all these games were/are available either on NBC sports or NBC sports gold currently.

    It looks like they are removing approx 100 plus games from NBC sports and NBC sports gold and making it available on Peacock at a fee. So in essence one has to pay more now to watch the Premiership games. Remember, just a few years ago , all the games were on NBC sports.

    • Edwin

      January 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Yeah I caught that. Simply removing some games off a platform to compliment a new one doesn’t seem like a wise strategy as they will cannibalize each other over time. Especially if Gold is slightly cheaper.. I doubt there are may “New Fans” to the Premier League after all these years. It’s kind of the fans it has are the fans it has, so I don’t buy the strategy of its going to potentially create new fans. The only long game I see is the eventual phase out of NBC Gold over time.

      • Frederick

        January 17, 2020 at 9:13 pm

        Yep, those 140 games will be removed from either NBC sports and or Gold and made available on Peacock exclusively. Basically spinning and milking us as per usual for $$. It’s also not similar to ESPN+ since we’ve already got ESPN and ESPN+ . NBC gold was the equivalent to ESPN+ but NBC have now created a third paid for subscription based platform for the Premiership games. So in essence one has to have two three subscriptions to watch all the Premiership games from next season.

    • Christopher Harris

      January 17, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Frederick’s information is incorrect. This season, NBC Sports Gold exclusively streamed 140 non-televised Premier League games. Starting next season, Peacock Premium will stream 140 games — the same 140 that NBC Sports Gold will stream.

      NBC Sports is not “removing approx 100 plus games from NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold.”

      • Frederick

        January 17, 2020 at 9:29 pm

        Oh I see, thanks for the clarification. So basically if I have NBC sports and NBC sports gold next season , I will not lose out of not being able to watch 140 Premiership games?

    • YNWA

      January 17, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      The only game that is available free today is the Saturday evening (UK) game when it is on NBC (usually, but not always).

      The other games available on NBCSN / NBC Sports app require some form of TV subscription (cable, satellite, etc).

      The remaining games not televised on NBCSN require NBC Sports Gold subscription.

      It sounds like whatever is available via NBC Sports Gold will also be available to Peacock Premium.

      What is unclear is whether NBC Sports Gold itself would remain, or it is simply consolidated into Peacock Premium. It really makes no sense for NBCuniversal to support multiple streaming platforms. It’s just an app anyway, so migration should be straightforward.

    • Ron Stewart

      July 8, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      Yes I also see this is a money grab. I need to leave these things alone it’s getting to the point that week to week streaming services or changing the programming.

  7. Monte Reed

    January 17, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Before long, you will be spending $175 a month for all the different streaming services…… Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+, CBS All Access, NBS Peacock, NBS Sports Gold, BR Live, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Nation, DAZN, Willow, Hallmark, HBO Now, PBS Supporter, Discovery, Britbox and more. Oh wait, I think you can spend $175 a month for all of these………………………

    The next problem is you will have to open up 15 apps on your Roku to find that one match that you are wanting to watch……..

    • Jesus

      January 17, 2020 at 11:02 am

      Good post. The spiraling increase in cost is worrying and you’re correct about having to open the right app to watch the game you want and how cumbersome and time-consuming it is to switch apps.

      • JP

        January 17, 2020 at 11:14 am

        I’m telling you, it’s going to reach a point where all the content on the various streaming services will be available on one third pary app for various fees, depending on which packages you choose…..kind of like cable!

        • Monte Reed

          January 17, 2020 at 1:55 pm

          Agreed!!!!

  8. Chelsea blues

    January 17, 2020 at 4:38 am

    ESPN + is a better value for the money,Peacock deal is pretty much same as sports gold,$5.00 a month times 9 is $45.00.same old deal and we get the all important ads!.

    My favorite league is the EPL but I will not pay $5.00 a month for peacock.

    My directv bill is $175.00 a month and only reason I have it is because they show EPL matches on 4K most weekends.

    Cheers mates and if you choose peacock deal please let us know if it is worth it!

    • Jeff Heath

      January 17, 2020 at 1:08 pm

      Actually the Peacock app will be better value. Not only can you have the EPL games, but all of the content that NBC will provide as well. TV series, Movies, ETC…..

  9. Jeff

    January 16, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Reckon this can only be a good thing since Peacock will probably expose the Premier League to a new audience who wouldn’t normally watch sport. Not to mention the $4.99 plan lowers the barrier of entry to access Premier League content for those who don’t want to commit themselves to purchase one of the season-long NBC Sports Gold packages.

    What I’m curious about is how will the Peacock and NBC Sports Gold offerings differentiate so that the former doesn’t ‘cannibalize’ the other? Guessing NBC Sports Gold’s big selling-point going forward will be a) Replays of televised NBC/NBCSN matches and b) Providing access to PLTV and Sky’s programs

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