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Making sense of changes to soccer streaming services: World Soccer Talk Podcast

In the NEW episode, number 178, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• NBC’s coverage of Liverpool winning the Premier League title,
• Price increases for YouTube TV, fubo & ESPN+,
• We debate whether cable or streaming is the best option,
• Our thoughts about CBS’s first weekend of soccer TV coverage,
• We got the news about Mexico’s new cup competition that starts this weekend,
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

Launched in 2006, the World Soccer Talk Podcast is the longest running podcast on the planet. Every week, we share the latest news about watching soccer on television and streaming, in addition to discussing what we like and dislike, and featuring your questions and feedback in our Listener Mailbag segment.

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  1. Monte

    July 8, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Is LigaMX trying to make it look like a big Zoom video call on TUDN?!?!?!?

  2. DS

    July 7, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Any idea who will pick up the Champions Leage? I have Sling. So nice to have it on TNT or Fox (when Fox had it).

  3. disco george

    July 4, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    The lockdown’s allowing me to watch a lot more matches across the board. Between working from home during the week and not having any MLS or NWSL games to go to on the weekend, I’m getting to see a far bigger range of matches than normally.

    I mean, it will be nice to watch the Champions League quarter- and semi-finals at home instead of on a stream at the office with someone whining about how they don’t know to change the toner in the copier or whatever.

    WRT illegal streaming, it’s not much better in other sports. I’m a huge gymnastics fan, and you need regular NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, PAC-12 Network, Big Ten Network, and quite a few of the regional Fox Sports networks to see everything, which is basically impossible. International fans have to illegally stream NCAA meets, and the US-based fans use VPNs to get BBC or CBC streams of big international meets because NBC’s coverage is so heinous.

  4. Donald Duck

    July 4, 2020 at 7:08 am

    The reason a lot of people illegally stream content is because the networks make it so damn hard to watch it legally.
    Most people who want to just watch Premier League would buy NBC Gold but alas NBC makes you buy both a Live service AND Gold if you want to watch every match from your team.

    I would hope here in America the content providers will realize that making not only football easier to access but also all sports in America needs to be blackout free. Of i want to watch the St Louis Cardinals in St Louis I should be able to subscribe to MLB Tv not a bloated LiveTv service.

    Sports should be easy to access and at a fair cost.

    • JP

      July 4, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      That is definitely possible for non US based sports like Premier League. However, given the amount of money the regional sports networks (sometimes owned by the team itself) to be the only provider in that location, they’ll never allow a national service to be blackout free.

    • Barry

      July 5, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      It took me about five minutes to upgrade my TV package to include NBCSN as well as sign up and pay for NBC Gold. There is nothing hard about it. It just costs more than you are willing to pay, which is your right. Everyone claims they want a “fair” price as long as they get to dictate what a fair price is. “Fair” is just a code word for “I want more product for less cost”.

  5. Azer

    July 3, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    The DFB Cup Final on Saturday at 2PM ET on ESPN will be commentated by Adrian Healy & Taylor Twellman. I’ll pass on this. I’m not going to spend 90 plus minutes listening to those two. As always Taylor Twellman will put himself at the center of attention. Forget about the game, it’s all about him. The world feed will have Phil Bonney & Steffen Freund sitting at the actual stadium, the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

  6. jason

    July 2, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Been watching a ton of EFL and FA Cup on ESPN+ the past two weeks. Quite glorious to have it again. Cheering for Brentford to get in there and take a top 2 spot before the end of the league schedule. Also cheering for the smaller clubs like Luton and Barnsley to get out of the relegation zone. Also I like the piped crowd noise myself. On down side, I am sick and tired of the kneeling of before the whistle of the game.

    • Robert

      July 3, 2020 at 8:07 am

      The kneeling will probably go on until the end of the current season. A good move would be for the EPL leaders to actually deal with racism instead of just talking about taking action.

  7. Robert

    July 2, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Your comment about A. Griezmann poor showing at this year makes the rumor that he may be headed to Arsenal a prefect match. Since they have become the home of over paid players, he fit right in to their team.

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