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Peacock makes U-turn and will include EPL TV games on-demand

NBC Sports has reversed its decision to prevent replays of televised Premier League games from being made available on-demand on Peacock. Instead, beginning January 12, Peacock TV will feature on-demand replays of all televised matches in addition to live (and on-demand) games that are exclusive to Peacock.

The U-turn by Peacock’s parent company NBC Universal is a win for soccer fans who voiced their opinions and contacted the broadcaster to share their displeasure with the initial decision.

The first televised Premier League game that will be available on-demand via Peacock Premium will be Burnley versus Manchester United. That match can be watched live via NBCSN beginning at 3:15PM ET.

NBC Universal’s decision to make on-demand replays of televised games available is a positive sign that the broadcaster is listening to its audience, and evolving Peacock TV to be a reliable destination for live sports as well as on-demand content that includes soccer, movies, TV shows and more.

Currently, 175 games per Premier League season are exclusive to Peacock TV. It’s very likely, according to World Soccer Talk, that the final season of the current Premier League/NBC Sports rights deal will see more games move to Peacock during 2021/22. As of December 2020, Peacock has 26 million subscribers. And what is the number one driver to subscriptions and engagement on Peacock? It’s the Premier League, according to Comcast CEO Jeff Shell.

With the popularity of the Premier League on Peacock TV this season, the timing is ideal for NBC Sports to try to renew its deal with the Premier League this year so it can continue to broadcast the Premier League on U.S. television and streaming from the 2022/23 season and beyond.

Peacock is free for Comcast Xfinity and COX customers, and $4.99 per month for everyone else.


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  1. JP

    April 25, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Last night on NHL Network there was a quick discussion about the contract rights starting next season. The person indicated that Fox is currently ahead of NBC in the negotiations to be the 2nd rights holder along with the already confirmed ESPN.

    If they lose EPL after 2022 they won’t have much in the way of live sports to entice subscribers. NFL and Golf (at least the rounds that matter) won’t be going away from their network and cable channels. What else do they have?

    Might this force them to go big for MLS?

  2. Nick

    February 8, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Can you provide a link to where Premier League matches replays are available on demand on PeacockTV? I can’t find any.

  3. Anonymous

    January 31, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    I am surprised that the advertisers
    and sponsors have not complained about the smaller audience .
    I will not pay for Peacock .
    Plenty of streaming services out there you
    can watch for free.

  4. Michael F

    January 23, 2021 at 11:10 am

    What is worse? The perceived greed or illegally stealing content? Interesting that folks completely justify doing one because of the other.

  5. Edward

    January 22, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    “Greed is good” – Gordon Gekko

  6. Ivan

    January 22, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    NBCSN goes belly up, lol…
    NBC shall receive a BBC when they lose the PL rights next run around…
    Doesn’t really matter, folks are finding alternate ways to watch the games they want to watch…
    Gotta love greed…

  7. Nosferatu

    January 13, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    @cm asia, You know, I actually had really come to appreciate replays of games on TV being put up quickly on the NBC Sports app. Disappointing that that’s now gone, though of course it was inappropriate for NBC to go back on their word about replays on Peacock.

    I’m not sure why we can’t have both (if we subscribe to cable/satellite), but there you have it.

  8. Jesus

    January 13, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Great news. Public pressure can work if enough people are involved.

  9. cm asia

    January 13, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Just about 11:00PM Pacific time Tuesday.
    No replay / on demand of Burnley V Man U on either Peacock or NBS Sports.

  10. Edward

    January 12, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    seems like at least today, they are allowing the match replays on the 24/7 PL channel to be shown. any reason why the NBC crew wouldn’t plug the channel more (like MatchDay Live Extra after Goal Zone or The Analysis Show with Tactics Session)?

  11. Edward

    January 12, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    it sounds like this means their silly blackouts of the 24/7 Premier League channel when it replays matches after the matchday probably ends…fingers crossed

  12. Artur

    January 12, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Do you have any news when NBC is going to provide 60fps video on live PL coverage?

  13. Keith

    January 12, 2021 at 11:33 am

    It has games from the last few weeks that were on NBCSN available, like Man City – Chelsea from 1/3 and Arsenal – Chelsea on 12/26.

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