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Peacock’s Premier League games will feature more coverage

With such a significant change as the move from NBC Sports Gold to Peacock Premium, there are going to be some bumps in the road when it comes to launching a new streaming solution. Hopefully these will be ironed out over time. But aside from the nagging distribution issues, there is some light at the end of the tunnel — and that is more studio analysis from the talent at NBC Sports.

During a recent conference call, World Soccer Talk asked Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Premier League, about the benefits of broadcasting games via Peacock compared to what we’re accustomed to seeing on television. The first thing that Moossa mentioned is that games on Peacock Premium will only include five minutes of commercials per hour compared to the standard fifteen minutes per hour that television provides.

That “opens doors” for Moossa and his team to offer more value to viewers.

“This will allow us a lot more time to build up to really get into deeper discussions,” said Mooosa. “[We’ll have] a lot more time to hear manager sound, and a lot more time to be on the pitch with player warmups.

“During halftime, we’ll have a lot more time to break things down, so you’ll find meatier and more in-depth analysis. Ultimately the viewer will benefit from us having more time to get into deeper topics.

“When the match is over, there are no time constraints of getting off the air. We’re obviously not going to stay on forever. But our Goal Zones can go on longer than the allotted time, if necessary, especially if there is something key or breaking news or something we want to get into.”

“Post-match, we’re not going to end our stream until we really put a button on every single thing to put a perspective on the match, so the options on Peacock are endless for us when it comes to studio coverage.”

Peacock Premium is available at $4.99 per month (or free for Xfinity and COX customers). This season, 175 Premier League games will be exclusive to Peacock Premium, which includes the Premier League TV channel as well as more than 20,000 hours of shows, movies and more from NBC Universal.

 

Reasons to be optimistic about Peacock despite Roku’s stalling tactics

Analysis by Christopher Harris, Soccer media analyst

Launched in a year when the media giants are grappling for power and distribution, the best word to describe the Peacock TV situation is frustrating. As with many apps where version 1.0 is launched, it takes time for enhancements to be added before it becomes more responsive to customer’s needs. Needless to say, it’s been a big change for everyone.

Thus far, one of the biggest disappointments with Peacock has been the actions of Roku, who have been stalling adding the Peacock app to the Roku channel store. It wasn’t that long ago that Roku was the go-to streaming device for cord cutters when practically every app was available on Roku. These days, Roku has shifted its business model to “tax” media partners by requiring that Roku sells a portion of the advertising on many of the more popular apps. It’s one of the reasons why HBO Max isn’t available on Roku (despite HBO Max launching earlier this year), and it’s a main reason why Roku is blocking Peacock from being added to the streaming device.

Since 2013, NBC Sports have elevated soccer coverage on U.S. television and given us many memorable moments during their eight years of broadcasting soccer. Sure, it’d be great to have the shoulder programming from Premier League Productions available on-demand, but overall Peacock TV offers more value for money than NBC Sports Gold ever did (and at a much more affordable price). The news mentioned by Moossa above that Peacock will offer more in-depth coverage is also very encouraging to hear.

Hopefully, Roku will add the Peacock TV app to its marketplace soon (workarounds are available), but Amazon is in the same boat, stalling on their decision whether to add it to the Amazon Fire TV platform (Amazon wants a cut of the subscription fees for soccer fans who sign up for Peacock through Amazon).

UPDATE: Peacock TV is now available on Roku (September 21, 2020)

With Peacock TV being the number one priority for both NBC Universal and Comcast, it’s very likely that we’ll see more enhancements made to the streaming service in the near future, which will only benefit consumers. A little bit of patience and optimism will go a long way in making this a more enjoyable experience for all fans of Premier League clubs.

 

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20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Kate

    September 21, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Put the Premiere League back on NBCSN and related stations so we, the fans, can see the maximum amount of games ALL WEEK that we have been seeing for the past few years WITHOUT the additional expense and having to watch on computers, etc. The prices may seem low, but when you have to pay for 3, 4, 5 streaming services on top of “regular” cable, etc to get the soccer games you want, you are pricing the folks on fixed incomes (Seniors/retirees) out of the market at an economical time when everyone is making decisions about which prescription you can get this week. One of the best things about soccer on tv is that soccer is basically a commercial free sport to start out with. By going to streaming you are losing hundreds of thousands of fans. Move the games back to “regular” television which is more reliable.

  2. Sue H.

    September 20, 2020 at 9:58 am

    As a lifelong footie player, coach and referee, EPL is always on in my home. This new switch to Peacock is horrible for EPL fans. It took about an hour to get it to work on our new television and I had to download it through a fire stick. I couldn’t view any games on the free service so I purchased the premium. The picture does not have a decent refresh rate so the ball is blurry at times. The screen goes black between matches. Today I missed the first 6 minutes of a match while Peacock was switching between games. When the game finally started, the score was already 1 nill. This is unacceptable for a paying customer! Not impressed at all, but I’ll keep paying to see my team. Not cool.

  3. Edward

    September 19, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    while matches don’t show up on demand until 9pm ET, the PL channel restarts soon after NBC coverage ends, and they replay the day’s matches so far…I’d assume the condensed matches will soon come when there are more Saturday fixtures

  4. dee

    September 19, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    got roku done, what about us fire tv people?

  5. pablo

    September 19, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    So now i have to pay to watch the simple pleasure of life?

    • Michael F

      September 19, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Ha. You always had to pay for it… who are we kidding?

  6. Frank Djeng

    September 19, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    I have Apple TV as well and I haven’t had any issues with Peacock. Crystal clear video and very nice audio too. Together with the 24/7 PL channel and the ability to watch games on demand within 30 days I think it’s a steal at $4.99/month.

    • Michael F

      September 19, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Agree. Although ‘NBC Sports Gold’ had all that content you see on the live 24/7 PL channel on-demand, and it was something like $64 for the year. It IS a better deal on Peacock – if you consider all the other content Peacock has. That said, the shoulder programming On that 24/7 PL channel should be on-demand. Hopefully, it will be at some point.

  7. Christopher Harris

    September 18, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    According to Roku tonight:

    “Peacock TV will soon be landing on the Roku platform! Stay tuned for an official announcement in the coming weeks.”

  8. ELSA BLUM

    September 18, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you, Chris, for your efforts to soften the blow of losing PL matches from main stream, or second stream TV via NBC. It feels like extortion to us, relatively new US fans of European football and subscribers to AT&T/direcTV, to have launched Peacock before securing its accessibility. No, we don’t want to struggle with cords and ports and and other computer-related connection stuff. meanwhile we will suffer and grieve . . .

    • Daniel

      September 21, 2020 at 12:41 am

      Do you work for NBC? Are you trying to convince us to pay a subscription service to watch something that we already pay for on TV?

  9. Michael F

    September 18, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Christopher, Thank You for this informative write up and the podcast on premier league tv/stream coverage. I am willing to be patient so as to see Peacock get things sorted out and improve things. I am Apple user, so I don’t share with the Roku users frustration. The live stream is fantastic on Apple TV and Apple devices. My only disappointment thus far, is not seeing the Premier League shoulder programming available ON-DEMAND. The 24/7 Premier League live TV channel is sort of nice, but without a programming guide – it’s kind of like going backwards in time. Hope to see the on-demand content show up soon. That would easily be worth the $5 a month alone.

  10. Roberto

    September 18, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    One positive that most of you know but maybe some do not, is that NBC shows 10-12 minute highlights of every game in the evening. So if you missed some games or could not get access
    to a game, you can still see the best of them.

  11. Edward

    September 18, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    more in depth analysis is just a nice way of saying they don’t have enough ad inventory sold

  12. cliff kobland

    September 18, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Been locked into NBCSN ever since they began carrying EPL from the time the over flow games were on the “Extra: channels to GOLD and now Peacock. It’s like a downhill slide into a money pit along with deteriorating quality This weekend NBCSN has 2 games, the rest are on Peacock. That’s a disturbing trend. I’m willing to pay but just wish it were as good as Gold (that should say something)..
    1. Having all these games steaming at same time hurts for if they were on TV, on one of the NBC channels, could record 1 while watching the other.. With streaming have to wait until later that night to see the “other” game.
    . 2, With Gold it was simple to see upcoming matches in one place; With Peacock it’s intermingled with all other sports upcoming events,
    3. Have yet to see this Saturday UK show which reported on every goal from ganes in all 4 top divisions.
    3. GOLD also had a daily EPL produced 30 min news show during mid-day.(ET)_ Can’t find it on PEACOCK.
    4. SkySports 1 hr daily showing on NBCSN is a nice touch but is often prompted by such edge of ur seats cycling, day after endless day. If the NBCSN execs. feel the audience demands cycling then they could use Peacock to carry SkySport. Additionally Sky is now part of the empire that also owns NBC.
    as Chris says they are “young” and need to learn how Peacock should be employed. They have a lot of work to do for unless one is an EPL FANATIC, I would avoid Peacock for now..

    • Michael F

      September 18, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      Cliff… your reference to shoulder programming above is available on the 24/7 Peacock live tv channel. But there is the rub… it’s not yet available on-demand. FYI…. the 30 minute EPL news shows (i.e. Premier League Today) is on 6am and 10am EDT daily. Not sure when the other show(s) you mention, but I am sure it airs.

  13. John G

    September 18, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Peacock is in pretty sad shape on the platforms it does support right now,.. and soccer fans are spewing hatred of Peacock all over social media. Their dreams of non-streaming coverage seem inspired by the piracy they are enjoying as an alternative to Peacock

  14. Brendan

    September 17, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Terrible coverage for on Demand .You never get the full picture just what they want you to see .The Premier channel is a joke .it isn’t on match days and you don’t know what you are watching until you figure it out

  15. Jack

    September 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Where are the other shows (i.e. Soccer Saturday) on Peacock?

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