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NBC Sports announces Premier League schedule for August

With kickoff of the 2021-22 Premier League season less than one month from today, NBC Sports announced its schedule for August, as NBCUniversal will once again present live coverage of every Premier League match across NBC, NBCSN, Peacock, CNBC, Telemundo and Universo.

The opening weekend schedule kicks off Friday, August 13 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo, as newly-promoted Brentford, who play their first season in England’s top flight in 75 years, host Arsenal. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a special two-hour, season-opening edition of Premier League Live.

Highlighting the opening Saturday, August 14, Liverpool visit newly-promoted Norwich City at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo. Defending champions Manchester City headline the action on Sunday, August 15, as they visit Tottenham at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo.

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This season, Peacock will stream all games airing on the broadcast network live. Peacock will live stream 17 Premier League matches in August, including two of the three matches played by Christian Pulisic and Champions League winner Chelsea. Fourteen of the games on Peacock will be exclusive to the streaming service. In addition, Peacock will feature studio shows, full match replays and the Premier League TV channel. All matchdays and windows exclusively on Peacock will feature NBC Sports’ Premier League studio coverage.

For the first time, Telemundo Deportes’ Andres Cantor will call select Premier League matches in English. A legendary soccer announcer who is being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame this fall, Cantor’s English-language match calls will offer an additional live experience on NBCUniversal platforms including Peacock.

NBC Sports’ Premier League voices Rebecca Lowe, Arlo White, Cantor, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe, and Tim Howard will all serve as commentators for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, which begin next week.

Peacock’s expansive sports programming features live sports coverage on the service including the Tour de France, Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Premier Lacrosse League, INDYCAR, Premiership Rugby, the 2021-22 Premier League season, Sunday Night Football, and Super Bowl LVI. Peacock Originals streaming on the service now include Lost Speedways, hosted by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Golden: The Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts; My Pursuit: Life, Legacy & Jordan Burroughs; The Greatest Race; Michael Phelps: Medals, Memories & More, and In Deep with Ryan Lochte. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel which streams Peacock Original Brother from Another, as well as The Dan Patrick Show, PFT Live, and The Rich Eisen Show.


Premier League TV schedule

All times Eastern.


Monday, August 15

03:00 pm EDT
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, Universo

Saturday, August 20

07:30 am EDT
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
USA Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV
10:00 am EDT
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa
Peacock Premium
10:00 am EDT
Everton vs. Nottingham Forest
Peacock Premium
10:00 am EDT
Fulham vs. Brentford
Peacock Premium
10:00 am EDT
Leicester City vs. Southampton
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV
12:30 pm EDT
AFC Bournemouth vs. Arsenal
NBC, Peacock Premium, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV

Sunday, August 21

09:00 am EDT
Leeds United vs. Chelsea
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV
09:00 am EDT
West Ham United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Peacock Premium
11:30 am EDT
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City
USA Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV

Monday, August 22

03:00 pm EDT
Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Peacock Premium

Saturday, August 27

07:30 am EDT
Southampton vs. Manchester United
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV
10:00 am EDT
Brentford vs. Everton
Peacock Premium
10:00 am EDT
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Leeds United
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV
10:00 am EDT
Chelsea vs. Leicester City
Peacock Premium
10:00 am EDT
Liverpool vs. AFC Bournemouth
Peacock Premium
10:00 am EDT
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace
Peacock Premium
12:30 pm EDT

Sunday, August 28

09:00 am EDT
Aston Villa vs. West Ham United
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV
09:00 am EDT
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Newcastle United
Peacock Premium
11:30 am EDT
Nottingham Forest vs. Tottenham Hotspur
USA Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV

Tuesday, August 30

02:30 pm EDT
Crystal Palace vs. Brentford
Peacock Premium
02:30 pm EDT
Fulham vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Peacock Premium
02:45 pm EDT
Southampton vs. Chelsea
Peacock Premium
03:00 pm EDT
Leeds United vs. Everton
USA Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV

Wednesday, August 31

02:30 pm EDT
AFC Bournemouth vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Peacock Premium
02:30 pm EDT
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa
Peacock Premium
02:30 pm EDT
Manchester City vs. Nottingham Forest
Peacock Premium
02:45 pm EDT
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Peacock Premium
03:00 pm EDT
Liverpool vs. Newcastle United
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV

Thursday, September 1

03:00 pm EDT
Leicester City vs. Manchester United
USA Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV

Saturday, September 3

07:30 am EDT
Everton vs. Liverpool
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV
10:00 am EDT
Brentford vs. Leeds United
USA Network, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream


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  1. Chris H

    August 12, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Right now – for those of you with YouTube TV and the 4K add on package, the late Sunday games are scheduled as 4K games from NBC SPORTS in 4K. Not sure if these are regular games on NBCSN or Peacock
    . Sky in the UK shows that window of games 430pm UK kickoff – with a 4K option alongside regular HD. i don’t know if there are other explicit 4K windows on a domestic EPL weekend in the UK.

  2. Thyname

    August 12, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Is Peacock 4K?

  3. NJ USA Soccer Man

    July 31, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    any ssoccer in 4k?especially EPL in 2021?

  4. Eddie

    July 21, 2021 at 9:59 am

    UnitedFan 3478 some people don’t want ESPN to come back to NASCAR after 2024 when NBC and Fox expires. This is where the networks have to decide on what to do with the races and streaming on how much they will spend to renew the rights.

  5. locofooty

    July 21, 2021 at 9:21 am

    @Michael F You’re basing the “win-win for more EPL exposure” on the premise that USA is gonna show the same amount of matches that NBCSN did. I’m not optimistic on that.

  6. UnitedFan 3478

    July 20, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Leo, if ESPN did get the EPL though, that would mean they would have every single FA Football league/cup: EPL, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, EFL Championship, EFL League One, and so on

    ESPN and Fox would get the EPL
    Not just ESPN, and definitely not just Fox

    Fox has no streaming option, meaning a joint bid would be better bc they can rely on ESPN for ESPN+

    If the MLS can have 2 broadcasters, there’s no reason why the EPL can’t

  7. Leo

    July 20, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    UnitedFan 3478, ESPN+ just bought a very high profile league in La Liga and paid a lot of money for it. They would shoot themselves in the foot to buy another very high profile league like EPL.

  8. UnitedFan 3478

    July 20, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I do expect NASCAR and the EPL to move to ESPN. If that were to happen, then NBC Sports would shut down completely, but keep the NFL and Indycar. ESPN has a ton of channels that they can use for both NASCAR and the EPL. If the EPL was on Fox too, then there would be even more channels for the EPL. a total of 8 channels: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews. ESPN Deportes, Fox, FS1. and Fox Deportes. Those 8 can easily help make the league more popular in America. Whatever slots are not available due to College Football in the fall, those can be on ESPN+. A joint ESPN/Fox bid for the EPL would easily win against NBC 🙂

  9. Eddie

    July 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    What about nascar any news about upcoming TV deal? It definitely
    cannot air streaming races on peacock after 2024 tv contract with FOX and NBC. This possible air CNBC and USA network and NBC over the air. This includes practice and qualifying on tv and the race. This parts of tv deal sign in 2013 that must air on TV and cable at the time and right now is unclear how they will televised practice and quafiying in 2022 and beyond when NASCAR goes back to normal the traditional tv. That’s where NASCAR President said no races on streaming after 2024. Here a link for more info

  10. Michael F

    July 20, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    @Eddie Good resource link. In that article, it quotes: “NBC is shutting down the NBC Sports Network at the end of this season with most of the sports programming migrating to NBC, the USA Network cable channel and Peacock.”

    So the fact that NBC is shutting down NBC Sports Network has no bearing on whether they will be able to extend their contract with EPL. I don’t know why we keep reading comments about that being an issue for NBC, because it’s not. The USA Network is in more households than NBC Sports Network is. Clearly that is a win win for more EPL exposure.

  11. locofooty

    July 20, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    @Soccer Watcher Hard listen in english, I’m sure. I haven’t heard Cantor call a game in english since Sidney 2000. For those native spanish speakers used to that style of comm, he’s one of the best in the US market.

  12. eddie

    July 20, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    a got a link about people who might have to pay because peacock after IndyCar just signs NBC and peacock/USA network for an extension to show races. this could get possibly end up an EPL tv deal and discuss cable is down and streaming in the future. I found this article
    NBC and Peacock trying to build streaming and cable on the USA network.

  13. Ra

    July 20, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    I bet on CBS. It is hard to make the case that NBC will increase their fan base. It peaked in 2019 and has declined since. I think CBS could add EPL to their Paramount+ premium package only and could broadcast more matches than NBC in either CBS or CBS Sports. NBC is shutting down NBCSN and that should weigh in also. But with cash constraints imposed by the pandemic they may just go with the highest bidder, even if that means HBOMax/Discovery or Amazon. Amazon would be able to give them more visibility based on their ecosystem and the huge subscriber base.

  14. Michael

    July 20, 2021 at 11:46 am

    @Jasinho. The game of the week won’t go to Fox. The highest rated College Football Pre-Game show in the country starts at 10:0o am on Saturday morning, that leads to Fox’s College Football Game of the week “B1G Noon Saturday” at 12:00 pm EST where they had a game from the Big Ten conference. After that have a B12 game at 3:30 pm EST and a Pac 12 game at 7:00 pm EST. As for Sunday, that is a non-starter. Sunday is Fox News Sunday followed by the NFL. Saturdays on FS1 are very similar to FOX OTA. If fox got the bid, they would broadcast the games on August – February (FS2 & FOX Deportes). March – May will be a little more flexible as the Big Ten Sunday Basketball games are on CBS which frees up Big Fox since NFL is done…but most would go to Fox Deportes and FS2 as their is no streaming service. Also on Saturdays a lot of the College Basketball games are moved to FS1 so there is more flexibility. I don’t think the EPL would settle for that unless there was a partner that had the airspace to spare (NBC, TUDN, etc). It is similar to they way they split NAASCAR with NBC with half and half. CBS has more flexibility….but as mentioned Sundays are College Basketball that they won’t give up. If the games starts by 12:30 on Saturday it is possible, because their College Football Pre-game doesn’t come on until 2:30 except when they have 12:00 games (ie. Army vs Navy game). They are loosing SEC conference in 2023…but the Pac 12 is up for renewal in 2023 and they are the leading candidate to replace that…but since the games are on the Mountain and Pacific time zone it is possible that it can be moved backed. ESPN moved first and locked up La Liga. In addition they are raising the price of ESPN+ by $1.00 at the start of La Liga if you are not getting the ESPN+/HULU/Disney+ bundle. If you have the bundle you are the same. EPL is going to ask for more that La Liga got. I don’t think that ESPN will bid against itself. I personally think that NBC will win the EPL again by default. They won’t have NBCSN, but they do have Universo, and Telemundo is OTA. I think it will be similar to what ESPN is doing: 1. All 380 games on ESPN+, 2. 4 games on ESPN/ESPN2, 3. El Classico (2) on ABC. With EPL I see them putting 1. all 380 on Peacock Premium, 2. 4 games a week on Peacock Free (old NBCSN games) & Universo. 3. Sunday game of the day on Telemundo. I don’t think ESPN or Fox will outbid NBC. I think that ESPN has their Europe leagues and will need MLS because it makes money and they are a stockholder. I think Amazon will get the Monday night match, and the latest that i read on the Alethic is that Apple is not looking to get EPL…but they are looking to get the Pac 12 network splitting with CBS. That is all just my opinion and I may be totally wrong. Soccer’s fan base is much more Urban based (not all of them) and populated along the coasts so they are much more likely to be in areas with Fiber/high speed internet, which makes it much more likely that the winner will be streaming based. We shall see.

  15. Michael F

    July 17, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    NBC Sports Announces Premier League tv schedule and it draws 51 comments! 😂

    It is obvious how much draw there is to the EPL, regardless of what anyone says. This IS the most coveted euro soccer league to watch. And it is also foolish to think that any other network provider that might obtain the EPL after 2022, would all of the sudden put all their matches on their streaming app. Please live in reality.

    As far as this debate over fragmentation of its aired matches between NBC sports net on linear and peacock streaming,… how is that any different since the days of NBC Sports Gold?? It hasn’t changed. Only thing that has changed, is more whining here.

    If you casually follow the EPL along with other leagues, and don’t want to pay for cable or Satellite or live tv stream service, you now get ‘more’ EPL matches on peacock now than you ever did on NBC Sports Gold and for less money a season. It’s a $5 a month folks!

    If you’re an avid EPL follower like me, and like to watch most of the clubs… then you grab a live tv stream service too and add $5 a month for peacock. I am not into pirating and it’s amazing that it’s mentioned by commenters here like it’s justified. Typical criminal like mind set, to steal because they feel they pay too much for something. You are no better than the providers you chastise then.

    Lastly… I agree with Barry. All this endless drivel of complaints is laughable.

  16. Eddie

    July 17, 2021 at 10:40 am

    This for @Hans message to reply.

  17. Eddie

    July 17, 2021 at 10:39 am

    NBC plans on peacock will streaming all of these and yes streaming just effects tv cable channels of live events and I thought 13 channels Of nbcuniversal will air Olympics networks but I was wrong. Msnbc,bravo,syfy,e network,and oxygen won’t be used during the Olympics coverge. Maybe in the future they won’t back or not for later in the future games.
    while nbcsn is shutdown of end of this year who you going to replace Olympics coverage of NBCSN to different channel.

  18. Bobby

    July 17, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Whatever happened to the weekly highlight show, whatever happened to Sky Sports News. If the Premier League does move away from NBC it will lose the exposure it gets, and with College Football almost impossible to get on any network. I doubt Apple, HBO, Paramount+ or ESPN+ are really in the running unless the Premier League wants its entire line on streaming service. ESPN may broadcast 1 game on Monday afternoons at best.

  19. Soccer Watcher

    July 16, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Cantor?!?!?! Awful. Just awful. He’s a hard listen.

    But then again, if the PL teams keep bending the knee to support BLM terrorists, then I will watch just as many minutes this season as I did last season.


  20. Ra

    July 16, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    @Hans Good article from Bloomberg today. In line with what you shared regarding virtual MVPDs.

  21. Ra

    July 16, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    You certainly don’t need to be no genius to know that you can subscribe to Sling or YouTube TV and get NBCSN. The interesting discussion here are the business models and what the future looks like. Today WSJ reported that Netflix hired a guy to start their gaming platform. To me, the streaming wars, especially related to soccer is an interesting topic. Another interesting topic for a US worldsoccertalk website is why people follow overseas team and why they were captivated by them. I would like to know what percentage of followers follow each league and team and why.

  22. Hans

    July 16, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Your reference to numerous platforms offering cable channels reveals your lack of understanding and knowledge of how these services work. We have basically five different methods of delivering content to the consumer, Broadcast, Pay TV (cable), multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPDs), Advertising Video on Demand (AVOD) and Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD).

    Broadcast and Pay TV you are familiar with, but your reference to FuboTV, SlingTV and YouTube TV which are virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPDs) requires to Google “the future of vMVPDs” and you will see that they lost about 240,000 subscribers in Q1 compared to a loss of about 374,000 customers in the prior year. Besides a stagnant uptake rate, vMVPDs have also suffered from an issue that plagues all paid video services—customer namely churn. While the rate dropped somewhat during the pandemic, overall churn rates for vMVPDs continue to exceed 70%.

    Why is that the case, look at their channel offerings they are the cable channels and how do they get their revenue, via advertising dollars. As subscribers decline advertising dollars decline, thus the massive increase in prices for cable and vMVPDs packages. Again their long-term viability is in question and with channel packages are quickly approaching the levels of traditional pay-TV services, I smell a rat, make that a dying rat.

    Which brings us to AVOD and SVOD models. Peacock has both and they hide the numbers between paid and free. Clearly standalone subscription-based Over The Top streaming services is the future to buy into and many get it and want it. So, unless something drastic happens in the vMVPD space, such as the complete reconfiguration of its business model, the long-term viability of these services will continue to be in question and are no better of then Cable TV.

  23. Hans

    July 16, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    As mentioned before it is perhaps a generational issue and some of us want change, WHY without change their is no growth that is a principle within nature. Netflix alone released more original programming in 2019 than the entire TV industry did in 2005, that is growth because of change. Many of us want to be part of that.

    So be happy in your settings while supporting some dying business that is not willing to change. As of March 2021 86 million households in the US still pay for linear TV, its days seem to be numbered. According to researchers, by 2025, the number of US linear TV households will be cut nearly in half, from 86 million at the start of 2020 to 44 million, a level last seen more than 30 years ago. Since you seem to prefer to be part of that group, welcome to your future equivalent to that of print media and the dinosaurs.

  24. Barry

    July 16, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    The more I thought about this the sillier your complaints are. You don’t need to have cable or satellite to get NBCSN. Numerous platforms offer NBCSN on a streaming basis. So what’s your issue now? What a clown show you two are.

    As far as complaining about the complaints, Ra, when I make roughly 12,000 posts complaining about the same thing over and over like you two have, we’ll be even. Until then, try coming up with some semblance of a justification that isn’t completely laughable.

  25. Ra

    July 16, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    At least 3 randos. After all, you took the time to complain about complaints.

  26. Barry

    July 16, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    @Hans, @Ra

    Anyone can have cable or satellite installed in their home. If you choose not to that’s on you, not Comcast nor NBC. A couple of internet randos barking at the moon.

  27. Ra

    July 16, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Same here. I had AirTV (Dish) install a rooftop antenna with a 75+ mile range for $150 and I have it broadcasted to my wifi through both Tablo and FireTV recast. I have gigabit internet and ITunes and google playstore accounts in several countries in EU and South America. Cable is something I absolutely do not do. I have a couple of extra firesticks and google tvs to use while traveling. I really do not like channel guides and use OTA primarily to watch news. It gets recorded on a schedule and by the time I watch it, it is nice and neat as my streaming apps.
    Thinking of it, the interface is one of the reasons why I hate peacock. Too polluted to my liking.

  28. Hans

    July 16, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Last season was infuriating; NBC spread games over their traditional broadcast network, their subscription cable channels, and their streaming app. It forced consumers to require access to all three in an era when people are increasingly switching to streaming alone. This resulted in many watching less Premier League games than ever before or went the pirate route.
    In my home I have a 136″ screen in the home theater linked to a HTPC, then I have a 43″ Roku TV in the guest room and a 27″ PC Screen. The home has wired network cabling and WiFi. My Over The Air (OTA) broadcast stations are on the network. Everything is available on any device in my home. WTF does a cable package fit in there with the house not being wired for it? The trend is toward making sporting events available via the Internet not via a cable or broadcast network, that is the complaint and life is too short to futz around with supporting different platforms. In addition I refuse to pay any vendor who is trying to push a declining technology on customers to support their dying business model.

    Pay TV is in structural decline, as young people stream legally or illegally for a fraction of the cost. The long term future for the EPL will be to take control of broadcasting and have their own channel, and streaming service so that many more people can be reached given that Pay TV has limited distribution. Even if the EPL generate the same revenue, they’ll then be able to keep the increased advertising money, and exploit customer data. It makes perfect financial sense and it’s only a matter of time before the EPL bypasses the networks.

  29. Barry

    July 16, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    If this isn’t about the money I am at a loss to figure out what the complaining is about. Right now if you have a smart tv and a cable or satellite box and the game is on NBCSN you turn on your tv and box, click on NBCSN, and watch the game. If it is on Peacock you turn on your tv, click on the Peacock icon, click on the game you’re interested in, and watch the TV. If you don’t have a smart tv for Peacock you can do the same thing with a chromecast device. The only difference between having all the games on Peacock versus having some on NBCSN is dollars.

    So if it isn’t about money, what is it about? My view is it’s about some internet randos who like to vent whether it makes any sense or not.

  30. Edward

    July 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    I’m old enough to remember when everyone was complaining that EPL matches were going behind the paywall. Now everyone is complaining that it isn’t behind a paywall!

  31. Ra

    July 16, 2021 at 8:10 am

    The other thing important to me is capital structure. This is where Bundesliga shines. I can not be a fan of a team that has an owner, especially when taxpayers pay their stadiums and they get all the revenues; are in a closed league and have drafts to hire players so as to keep their expenses low in a monopolistic fashion.
    To me, being a fan of such a team is the same as cheering for another’s investments and assets. Go MACGX (Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund Trust Discovery Portfolio Class A)!!!!

  32. Ra

    July 16, 2021 at 7:59 am

    It is also to some extent a generational issue. Keep as is and become a thing of the past or embrace change and the fact that you many need to offer more for less to a more savvy audience.
    I have contempt for cable, but I spend good money on streaming (Netflix, Paramount+, HBOMax, Discovery+, Disney bundle). I am still happy to watch commercial-free, whenever I like).
    I was once a Comcast internet subscriber and learned fast of their monopolistic leanings.
    The other thing is that I believe that compared to the UK, US premier league followers are more casual and willing to watch another league if the EPL offer is not right.
    EPL is a top league, but I never developed an emotional attachment to any of the teams.
    It is always interesting to follow a team from a country you have not lived in. Most of the teams I do is because of having lived there at some point in my life. I am curious to hear what team do you follow and WHY.

  33. Efrain

    July 16, 2021 at 6:02 am

    @Hans If DTC option would have better streaming quality I’d be all for it, regardless of the cost, as I hate Peacock streaming quality.

  34. Hans

    July 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    This is not about the money but to repeat it again as you must have missed it, it is about the FRAGMENTATION of delivering the games via a soon to be in a minority delivery way the TV cable package. The EPL is very well aware of this problem as it encourages piracy, which they hate with a passion. Here are a few quotes from an article that appeared in the Athletic 17 months ago “theathletic dot com/1588394/2020/02/08/premier-league-tv-streaming-netflix-rights/”

    “The rationale is that with 200 million fans worldwide currently paying to watch live English football, the Premier League could undercut its existing partners and still make much more money. Its annual income from those 200 million subscribers could, theoretically, rise to £24 billion, eight times the current figure.”

    “Speaking at the league’s new headquarters in London, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters explained that the organization spent significant amounts of time and resources on “building our expertise and capacity in direct-to-consumer” (DTC) during the last rights cycle, which was concluded in 2018.”

    “We were ready last time and we will be ready next time, should the opportunity arise,” says Masters. “I’m not saying it will happen in the next cycle, or when it will happen, but eventually the Premier League will move to a mix of direct-to-consumer (DTC) and media-rights sales.”

    Every single person on this blog that has complained about NBC’s way of presenting the games would jump in a heartbeat to a DTC offer by the premier league to get their fix. It is a threat that if the networks don’t fulfill the Invite To Tender requirements to the EPL’s liking they will be doing it themselves without the networks. That is to my liking as Comcast/NBC are trying to fleece consumers with a dying business model, not from me.

    Just so you fully understand it “not the pricing but the delivery method” is the complaint.

  35. Fechin Attuah

    July 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Sling is 35 dollars now. It will keep increasing. Why would people pay 35 dollars a month just for the premier league. It doesn’t make sense. Peacock wants to grow their service but at the same time they don’t. They should do the same strategy as espn/espn+/abc by simulcast matches and it worked well for espn. Nbc,Comcast are just greedy, especially Comcast. NBCSN is shutting down so they should have at least move matches to USA network to prepare the upcoming changes next year.

  36. Adam

    July 15, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Not to be that guy but all this complaining about Peacock is silly. I paid $30 last year for Peacock and got all kinds of other content vs what I was paying for NBC Sports Gold and only got soccer. Most of the games announced for Peacock are the when their are multiple games happening at the same time, just like before the pandemic. You’ve had to pay for 2 services to watch EPL since NBC’s second rights deal with it. This isn’t new. You’d have to do the same if Fox, ESPN, or CBS got it. Guaranteed. EPL is not going to want to stop being on a broadcast network. It costs money to broadcast the games. Whoever has it is going to maximize their profits. All these companies are the same. You can literally watch for like for $25 a month with Sling, Peacock and some rabbit ears. Plus you can watch a bunch of other stuff. It’s either worth it or not. Either find somebody to split the service with, or stop watching. It’s really not as big a deal as some of you make it out to be. Just my 2 cents.

  37. Jasinho

    July 15, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Amidst all the back and forth with NBC/ESPN/Fox, I would really like to know about the TV requirements for the Invite To Tender for the upcoming EPL TV Contract.

    All hypothetically speaking, suppose ESPN obtains the deal:
    They are good to go at least on ESPN2 for the early Saturday morning and both Sunday matches.
    The Saturday 10am matches can go on ESPN3 and or ESPN+.
    Saturday 12:30 (17:30 BST) is going to be a real point of contention because that is usually the flagship match of the weekend which also conflicts with all the college football that is on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 in the fall.
    Unless they sublicense Saturday afternoon, I don’t see ESPN pulling this off.

    Arguably the same goes for Fox.

    Suppose it is CBS. Swap out ESPN+ for Paramount+, CBSSN would get most matches and they actually still have room on the OTA CBS since their college football doesn’t start until 3pm which is suitable for the Saturday 12:30pm match. I would love to see how they would pick and choose between the EPL and Serie A inventories though.

    I abhor to think NBC is considered the devil we know as opposed to others. BTW, I thought they are shutting down NBCSN.

  38. UnitedFan 3478

    July 15, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    @Anthony I think Fox Sports would be better than NBC if ESPN did a joint bid with another broadcaster because Fox Sports has Fox and FS1, meaning that ESPN+ would be for streaming and ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 and Fox/FS1 can do the games on TV. I also wouldn’t mind if TUDN/Univision are also in the joint bid with ESPN and Fox, meaning that they can televise EPL games just like how they do for the MLS. Fox Deportes and ESPN Deportes can broadcast games in Spanish too. So that the league can have 3 broadcasters, which would be a lot better than the USA Network.

  39. Anthony

    July 15, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    I would prefer the EPL split the package and award it to NBC and ESPN. NBC basically does exclusively NBC over the air and Peacock. ESPN does ESPN/2, ESPN+, ABC. Premier league games on ESPN/2 when no conflicts arise with NFL or college sports or whatever. I doubt USA is gonna work

  40. UnitedFan 3478

    July 15, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Could a joint ESPN/Fox Sports EPL bid actually happen? 🤔

    I would expect that bid to win the bidding war because then they could air the EPL on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 and Fox/FS1 just like how they air the MLS on there, and ESPN+ could take place of Peacock. That would be way better than the awful NBC coverage.

  41. Yespage

    July 15, 2021 at 11:14 am

    @ Edward, actually, unexpectedly NBCSN is going away in the middle of the EPL season. So, the question is what will EPL transition be within NBC’s channels, how much to USA or something else (two games on NBC?), or will Peacock be the primary source in the future for sports broadcasting for NBC.

    Last year was awkward with the games not overlapping in the schedule, which led to more games being unavailable for NBCSN. And Peacock not allowing a restart while live was also a pain, for all events it showed, not just football.

  42. Edward

    July 15, 2021 at 10:45 am

    cord cutters complain that not enough matches are on Peacock
    ppl with cable packages complain about the fragmentation

    readers here tend to forget the reasons previously stated
    1) NBC/Peacock is owned by a cable company – they’re not going to kill main part of their business for streaming, which not everyone is on (with internet speed limitations)
    2) 24/7 EPL Channel has tons of content (and possibly better) that they choose to ignore

    everyone is just waiting for Kartik to gaslight them with another hot take…look what this copy/paste of a press release did already!

  43. locofooty

    July 15, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Cantor will do it on NBCSN? Or will it be a feed through streaming? That kinda sucks. Don’t wanna lose him in Spanish for the big games.

  44. Yespage

    July 15, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Peacock has ended up working for me. They have a ton of miscellaneous content that works for me, including the EPL, Tour de France, Indycar, Nordic sports, and speed skating, and WWE when in the mood for it. I was paying $50 just for the commercial free coverage of the Tour de France, and Peacock just tosses it in.

    I think the EPL schedule itself will be interesting depending on how well the UK Government botches the Delta outbreak (and they are doing a great job at that at the moment). If (more likely when) the EPL needs to close the doors again, the schedule might stretch out again, making watching the EPL a bit more complicated… again.

  45. Ra

    July 14, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Another year with no EPL for me. There is so much to pick from that I am not willing to deal with Peacock/NBC’s BS. Based on a sample of 1 (me), I believe EPL is losing ground to other leagues because of NBC.

  46. Hans

    July 14, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Last season when the EPL appeared first on Peacock they promised all games would be available and those that aired on NBCSN would be posted with a delay after the match completed. However that was not always timely sometimes it was many hours delay in access of 5. Then they did a bait and switch and said the NBCSN games would not be available on Peacock on demand. This caused an outcry and a wave of cancellations. I cancelled my yearly subscription and was refunded but still maintained my access because they have my details for the next yearly renewal.
    Because of the outcry NBC reversed that decision all games were available on Peacock live and on demand. There is a topic posted here I believe in the fall of 2020 entitled NBC or Peacock “Bait and switch”. I really hope they learned from that amateurish disaster.

  47. Alpho

    July 14, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Just for clarification, in terms of on-demand replays, if you are only a Peacock Premium subscriber you can replay matches that aired on NBCSN and the other cable channels? So non-cable subscribers can watch those cable matches on-demand?

    • Christopher Harris

      July 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      Correct. Or at least it was that way last season. Hopefully it’ll be the same way this season too.

  48. Hans

    July 14, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    @Michael F
    You heard the answer before and read it before but don’t seem to remember, so this time very clear answer and please remember.
    NBC is FRAGMENTING its coverage of sports events that are important to some here be it EPL or the Olympics. You DO NOT have one place to go to watch these events, they are fragmented between streaming, cable TV and broadcast TV. Those that like to watch programs on mobile devices have no choice but to complain.
    If you take Rugby, which I watch it is on Peacock all in one place and I subscribe for it, they could have done the same for the EPL but no they have to futz around with their content.
    Therefore, for many here it is a simple solution, use pirated streams and peacock OR get an IPTV service that has ALL sporting events in one place until the rights situation is sorted. The EPL will not sit idle and watch this fragmentation and pirated streams as a result, they have threatened to roll out their own global streaming service.

  49. Eddie

    July 14, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    Well NBC and Telemundo could get both soccer rights like the FIFA World Cup after 2026 and renewing the premier league deal with a 3 or 6-year cycle including the FA cup and other English football packages to Peacock/NBC/Telemundo are the candidates to bid tv rights for live sports?

  50. Fechin Attuah

    July 14, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Peacock said they wanna grow their service but they aren’t serious on doing it I only have the service for soccer and the Olympics. I was hoping for INDYCAR and nascar events simulcast live. I don’t know why we have to subscribe to both cable and their service. Man do I hate Comcast. I hope Amazon prime gets the rights or maybe Apple TV+ ESPN+ has to focus on la liga and Cbs has to focus on Serie A. What peacock should have done is all the 380 matches are live on peacock and USA/NBC will broadcast 105 matches out of the 380 but they all simulcast on peacock so customers have an incentive to subscribe to peacock.

  51. Ra

    July 14, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    I was doing some comparisons and soccer rights seem to be dirt cheap compared to other sports in the US. EPL would be a great acquisition for Apple, HBO or Amazon to get their foot in the water. It seems particularly that ESPN+ is underpaying for Bundesliga while overpaying for LaLiga. Let me know if you have more pieces:

    League | Start Year-End Year | Cost/Year ($M) | Provider
    Bundesliga | 2015-2020 | $7M | Fox
    Bundesliga | 2020-2025 | $30M | ESPN+
    LaLiga | 2021-2029 | $175M | ESPN+
    EPL | 2016-2022 | $167M | NBC
    World Cup | 2018-2022 | $87.5M | FOX (FIFA extended contract to avoid US courts)
    Champions/Europa | 2020-2023 | $150M | CBS
    Serie A | 2021-2024 | $75M | CBS
    Brasileirao | 2021-2023 | ? | CBS
    NHL | don’t care- | $625M | ESPN+/Turner

  52. Marc

    July 14, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    When will the matches be available to watch on demand via Peacock that were shown on NBCSN?

    • Christopher Harris

      July 14, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      Usually 2 to 3 hours after the game ends if I remember correctly.

  53. Michael F

    July 14, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    If there is anything not more predictable than an article about an NBC Sports related article on this site that starts all the whining about NBC and its Premier League coverage, I don’t know what.

    Question: Are all you cord cutter soccer fans like this? 😄

  54. Mercator

    July 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Looks like they at least put the NBC broadcasts on peacock. Still half the games are not available on Peacock. I didn’t expect anything different, but it shouldn’t be a mystery why Peacock is failing. Still bouncing games around from Peacock to NBCSN, NBC and it looks like CNBC is there as well. Clueless, half in and half out, screwing it up for linear viewers and streamers alike with this nonsense.

    I’ll pass – hopefully CBS, ESPN, Amazon or someone that will actually stream the matches will pick up the rights going forward. I think Cantor will do well though and excited the Canaries are back up this year!

  55. UnitedFan 3478

    July 14, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    I’d ONLY take Fox if them and ESPN both had the EPL, just like how the MLS is on ESPN and Fox. I would never want Fox on its own.

    ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 can air some games
    Fox and FS1 can air some games
    The Spanish language games can be on ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes.
    And then streaming can be on ESPN+
    There, problem solved

  56. Ra

    July 14, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Please not Fox. It is the only one that can be (by a huge margin) worse than NBC. They did a horrible job with Copa America and – no streaming option.

  57. Eddie

    July 14, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Who’s going to get the Premier league tv deal will it be ESPN + or CBS if NBC lose tv deal which could or can’t afford to renew the tv deal with NBC and USA network. ESPN or CBS or FOX candidate bids for soccer rights?

  58. Ra

    July 14, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Or anybody else to get the rights. CBS, ESPN, HBO, Apple+ – all would do better. NBC is so schizophrenic that I am still not able to figure out how to watch the Olympics. They seem to be all over the place with Peacock, NBCSN, Olympics Channel and NBC. I would not be surprised if they did not broadcast some events at all. I have the impression that they have no clue what their screaming strategy is. They want to grow Peacock but are not willing to put anything worthwhile.

  59. Anthony

    July 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Isn’t it strange that not a single match appears to be airing on USA Network in August? Shouldn’t they be preparing fans for the switch?

  60. Stephen

    July 14, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    “Telemundo Deportes’ Andres Cantor will call select Premier League matches in English”
    Please no. I can handle it watching La Liga, but not the Premier League – it doesn’t fit.

  61. UnitedFan 3478

    July 14, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Let’s hope this season is the last, I can’t wait for ESPN or CBS to get the rights

  62. Edward

    July 14, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    will Cantor be on site?

  63. Don

    July 14, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Where is goal zone in all this since there are once again Simultaneous Kickoffs?

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