Author: Christopher Harris

Publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris founded the site in 2005. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who was born and raised in Wales, has lived in Florida since 1984, and supported Swansea City since 1979. Last but not least, he got engaged during half-time of a MLS game.

beIN SPORTS Xtra now available on Samsung TV Plus

If you’re one of the millions of owners of a Samsung smart TV, you now can access beIN SPORTS Xtra, the free sports channel from the US-based sports broadcaster. In November 2019, beIN launched the Xtra channel on Roku devices. The free channel broadcasts an assortment of live and on-demand programming from across the beIN SPORTS networks. Recently, beIN SPORTS Xtra has been featuring exclusive content including the early Saturday morning games from LaLiga that typically kick off at 7AM ET. While beIN SPORTS and Samsung have not yet announced the news about the launch of the channel, World Soccer ... Read more

NBC’s Peacock premium streaming service 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 ... Read more

Fanatiz adds Sevilla TV to soccer streaming service

Miami-based soccer streaming service Fanatiz has added Sevilla TV to its growing list of programming for Spanish-language viewers. On top of that, the streaming service has announced $10 million in new funding, which will be help the service expand into more countries overseas. Sevilla, one of the most popular clubs in LaLiga, have won the Europa League more times than any other club. The Andalusian club currently sits in fourth place in the table for LaLiga behind Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Sevilla TV broadcasts in Spanish-language and features behind-the-scenes programming from the club in addition to match broadcasts ... Read more

Telemundo interested in Copa America rights and planning for Tokyo 2020 soccer coverage

Telemundo Deportes are interested in acquiring the Spanish-language rights to Copa America 2020 after successfully broadcasting the 2019 Copa America last summer. World Soccer Talk understands that discussions are underway to determine who will acquire the rights to this summer’s competition, which will be held jointly by Argentina and Colombia. In an interview in Miami with World Soccer Talk, Telemundo Executive Vice-President Eli Velazquez said, “We’re looking at that event. We just did the recent one so we’re still studying it very closely and very urgently as you can imagine as it’s this summer. It would be fantastic and an ... Read more

Reporter Neil Ashton leaves NBCSN to start his own media consultancy firm

On Sunday, NBCSN reporter Neil Ashton announced on-air that his time with NBC Sports had come to an end. His unlikely destination? The popular English reporter has launched his own media consultancy business where his first client will be Manchester United. Ashton has played a key role at NBCSN for the last several years where he has been the network’s “Premier League Insider,” sharing a unique perspective on everything from transfers to the latest board room and managerial changes throughout England. In a 2016 interview with NBC Sports Coordinating Producer Pierre Moossa, the executive explained why Ashton was a key ... Read more

FS2 removed from Sling Blue in blow to Bundesliga viewers

In its final season of coverage on FOX Sports, the Bundesliga will no longer be available on FS2 to Sling Blue subscribers. Instead, Sling TV customers will need to add the Sports Extra package at an additional $10 per month above and beyond their current service in order to get their fix of many German league matches. Earlier this week, we reported of another change for Sling TV subscribers with the removal of beIN SPORTS from the Best of Spanish TV package, which is one of the more popular add-ons for Sling TV customers wanting their soccer fix. The changes ... Read more

ESPN+ adding Spanish commentary for FA Cup, Serie A and other competitions

As ESPN continues to acquire more soccer rights in the United States, the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader In Sports is beginning to augment the rights it already has by offering the option of Spanish-league commentary to competitions such as Serie A, FA Cup and others. ESPN+ had acquired the US rights to the FA Cup and Serie A in 2018 in both Spanish and English, but with the interest for European soccer growing among Spanish-speaking viewers in the United States, it makes sense for ESPN+ to begin offering Spanish-language commentary now as an option. Spanish-language commentary will be available for the ... Read more

ESPN+ acquires US rights to Copa del Rey

ESPN+ has acquired the US rights to the Copa del Rey tournament, the annual knockout competition run by the Spanish football federation. With plans to stream up to 65 games a year including the final, the multi-year agreement will kick off this Saturday with ESPN+ streaming the Second Round of the prestigious tournament. According to a World Soccer Talk source, beIN SPORTS — the previous rightsholder to the competition in the US — decided not to renew the rights, thus giving ESPN the opportunity to amass more rights for its streaming service. Currently, ESPN+ streams the Serie A, UEFA Nations League, Championship, ... Read more