Connect with us

Leagues: Champions League

Paramount+ debuts UCL Multicast to watch 2 games at once

Paramount+ debuts UCL Multicast

This week’s UEFA Champions League games will include a special new feature exclusive to Paramount+ subscribers.

Titled UCL Multicast, it allows viewers to watch two UEFA Champions League games at the same time on one screen. For example, this week’s matches that kick off at the same time are:

• Liverpool vs. Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich vs. RB Salzburg; Tuesday, 3PM ET
• PSG vs. Real Madrid, and Manchester City vs. Sporting CP; Wednesday 3PM ET

How UCL Multicast works

Paramount+ subscribers can still watch any of the above games in one broadcast as they normally do. However, if you’re interested in watching both games at once, the UCL Multicast feature will include the two games side-by-side. UCL Multicast will also feature half-time and post-match coverage in full screen. Then, the actual match broadcast will have a split screen with both games featured side-by-side. There’ll be a speaker icon where you’ll be able to hear the match commentary.

Having the ability to watch more than one game on a screen isn’t new. But it is new to Paramount+, so it’ll be interesting to see how they pull it off.

UCL Multicast has a lot of competitors. Firstly, ESPN+ has Multicast, which works if you have an Apple TV. With ESPN+’s Multicast, you can watch up to four games at once. Secondly, fuboTV has Multiview. That one also allows you to watch four games at once.

Recommended viewing option:

Paramount+

Price: $4.99 / month

Includes: UEFA Champions League, Serie A & More

7-Day Free Trial

Paramount+ and Peacock TV have whiparound shows (The Golazo Show and Goal Rush), which are different.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $9.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
110+ channels, live & on-demand
  • Price: $59.95/mo. for Plus Package
  • Includes FOX, FS1, ESPN, TUDN & more

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. locofooty

    March 20, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Is there a way to get the “tv-g” out of the top left on P+?

  2. Miguel Tenorio

    March 16, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    First impressions:

    Good to see two matches at once
    Annoying automatic back and forth on the Audio, I should control what I want to hear
    Quality is absolutely awful, feels like I’m watching soccer in the 1990’s

  3. Ra

    March 15, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Paramount’s implementation of the feature is embarrassing, to say the least. It is the poor man’s attempt. If they don’t have the resources or expertise to do a proper software-based implementation like ESPN, the least they can do is to provide alternative audio channels. Have secondary audio for the other match, the same way they have alternative Italian audio for Serie A. The way they implemented it is simply not good enough.
    I agree – full DVR controls should come before this in terms of development priorities.

  4. SteveK

    March 10, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    The gold standard for multicast for me is ESPN+ on the Apple TV, it’s very smooth and seamless, though it is a shame that the only soccer I’ll watch on ESPN+ now that they lost the Euros and World Cup is the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. I appreciate when competing streamers try to add features and Paramount+ with the Champions League is a perfect candidate for multicast, however, when you add something it shouldn’t be half-baked: not having the ability to control or switch audio is below the standard set by ESPN+.

    My other problem with this decision by Pete is I would have preferred he add the ability to pause, rewind and fast forward within games on Paramount+…to me that’s a much higher priority than a 2 screen multicast. I have any number of extra retina displays to stream a 2nd game on. What I don’t have with Paramount+ is what ESPN+ and Peacock now provide on the Apple TV…the ability to rewind to any previous point including the start of the game and then pause or scrub forward or back as I see fit. You’re watching one game, you notice that some other game is 3-0 with Peacock it is now no problem to click over to that game, watch the 3 goals Wolves scored on Watford, then go back to your game where you left off.

    I appreciate Pete’s willingness to change things up at Paramount+ but I’d rather he not tout a new feature until it is up to the standard of others in the marketplace.

    • Josh

      March 16, 2022 at 4:21 pm

      Good review I agree

  5. Michelangelo

    March 9, 2022 at 8:26 am

    When I read this article I was curious how it was going to work. It’s an interesting way to watch two matches at the same time. My only concern is that the audio only seems to be on the left side of the screen and you can’t change which game do you want to listen to. Does the audio switch and vice versa when something is happening during the match. I wonder if the Serie A can implement this feature as well or a Golazo zone when multiple matches are playing at the same time. Excellent. So far it works and that’s what we can be blessed with.

  6. Efrain

    March 9, 2022 at 7:21 am

    Nice perk to have for those that don’t work in the afternoon and can watch them live, but how about they also focus on getting replays up quickly too. I’m sure there are a lot of viewers who work during the day and want to watch replays that evening.

    • cmasia

      March 9, 2022 at 2:13 pm

      If you’re watching the replays later, remember to watch the “World Feed” game first.
      No spoilers from that game…

      …as opposed to the Drury / Tyldesley games which always update scores from the other match.

      • Efrain

        March 10, 2022 at 6:25 am

        @cmasia: How would I watch the “World Feed” on replay? Didn’t know we had that option.

        • cmasia

          March 10, 2022 at 1:07 pm

          Hi, Efrain.

          The replay is the same feed as the live one.

          CBS uses their in house guys – Drury and Tyldesley – for their “main game”.

          And they use the “world feed” for all the other games.

          Wednesday, they had Steve Wilson and Danny Mills for the Man CIty game.

          Tuesday, it was Tony Jones and Sue Smith for the Bayern Munich game.

  7. MIB Fan

    March 8, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    it would have been nice to be able to pick the audio myself

  8. Mario Garcia

    March 8, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Just finished listening to your interview with the CBS producer, and just after that they add new features (this one of multiple games is pretty good, specially on the large screens!).

    Also they did open the spanish option on the Argentinian games. Please add the Colombian League now!

  9. Fechin

    March 8, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Peacock needs this feature for the premier league

  10. David Buckau

    March 8, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    #RecordMeister5-0

  11. dave

    March 8, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing the news. Nice to try it out for the second half of UCL. Looks like CBS may pick which game broadcasts sound (on iPad, the volume icon is display only). The new feature could be especially valuable if functional for the final CONCACAF qualifier window.

  12. Michelangelo

    March 8, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Hopefully this works today on the new Chromecast with Google TV or on a laptop? Excellent news. Hopefully one day they can use this feature for the Italian Serie A>

    • JP

      March 8, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Yes, would be perfect for the 9am Sunday Serie A matches!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Leagues: Champions League

Translate »