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Making memories: World Soccer Talk Podcast

World Soccer Talk is a weekly podcast about watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 146, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• ESPN scores their most-watched MLS playoff game since 2014,
• PlayStation Vue bites the dust,
• Our thoughts on the NBC Premier League Fan Fest,
• Could the Bundesliga benefit from Disney+
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. JP

    October 31, 2019 at 11:17 am

    With Kartik on Bundesliga and streaming. Disney+/ESPN+ may end up having a large number of subscribers, but doesn’t necessarily mean a large portion of those subscribers will be viewing Bundesliga.

    I’ve beaten this dead horse a billion times, but streaming for sports only pulls in the viewers that are already looking to watch that event, no new fans or casual fans. Big soccer fan (goes without saying if reading this site), but only got ESPN+ specifically for Serie A because I was already a fan. Will also watch a tiny bit of Eredivisie but that was only after falling in love with Ajax during UCL (on linear TV!) and deciding to take a look when there’s no Serie A/La Liga match at the same time of interest.

    Bundesliga is currently my 3rd option for soccer, but like Kartik, don’t think I’ll necessarily seek it out once the change to ESPN+ outside of a few matches a year….and those are the matches that will likely be shown on linear TV anyway.

    • Monte Reed

      November 2, 2019 at 10:06 am

      I have ESPN+ and like Kartik, I tend not to open the ESPN+ app on my roku. I go to Fubo first cause I love how they list out every match that is playing or going to play (I have no clue why other streaming services don’t copy this). During college football season I will open sling next. Only after I determine that nothing else is on I will open up ESPN+ app.
      If ESPN+ was integrated into a streaming service like the way ESPN3 is with Sling or TUDN Extra on Fubo, I would watch it a lot more since there is a lot of content that I do enjoy, Eredivisie, NCAA men and women soccer, etc……..
      But, should we not expect even more soccer leagues to go behind a paywall? How do ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and others make money from televising a match? Unless I’m missing something, it is from pre-game, post-game and halftime commercials. We bitch when we read that a match will start at 2:00 pm and tune in to see 20 minutes of commercials before that match really kicks off at 2:20 pm, but isn’t this how Fox is making money??? I’m sure ESPN believes that one Serie A match per week on one of the ESPN channels will encourage more people to watch more Serie A behind the paywall of ESPN+. Turner’s mistake with BR Live is that they did not count on so many people willing to watch those matches in Spanish instead of going to their paywall. ESPN was smart by getting Bundesliga in both English and Spanish.

      • JP

        November 2, 2019 at 7:22 pm

        Funny how you mention the lack of commercial time during a soccer match for the networks to make money. I think the in game ads used next to the score/time box should hold exponentially more value than 30 second commercials during breaks other sports use. The audience is captive instead of grabbing a snack or channel surfing. Even with the video boards around the field I often find myself googling the companies during some foreign matches to see what the ad is for. Know that’s not tied to the network, but just illustrates how the advertising is more effective during play. Same with hockey……always know the final five minutes of my local broadcast brought to me by Ford F-150…..not to mention all the board and ice ads either. I can’t tell you about any commercials during football since I always change the channel!!

        • Monte Reed

          November 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm

          Glad to know that I’m not the only one googling foreign game ads!!!

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