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Streaming killed the soccer TV star: World Soccer Talk Podcast

World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 90, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Our first impressions of TNT and Univision’s Champions League coverage,
• Some of the insights we learned from our trip to Bristol Connecticut to visit ESPN,
• Which network has launched a daily European soccer highlights show,
• ESPN acquires even more soccer rights,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. JP

    September 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    On the topic of streaming vs TV, I think the problem is the double dipping by the networks. If you already subscribe through cable/satellite/OTT service then you should have access to everything thr network provides on linear TV as well as their online property. ESPN subscribers should have access to ESPN+, NBCSN to NBC Gold, Turner to B/R Live, etc.

    On the flip side, if you do not already subscribe should be able to purchase access as a stand alone (like HBO Now). Right now EPL diehards need NBCSN then pay more for Gold, Serie A needs ESPN to view the one match of the week not on ESPN+, Turner charging extra for the one or two matches they don’t show on TNT.

    If they would just treat TV and streaming equally most of us wouldn’t have a problem. Many may welcome it as you could subscribe to a stand alone app based on your interests and cancel when competitions are out of season.

    Prior to a year or two ago this wasn’t the case. ESPN gave access to ESPN3 (non TV UCL), NBCSN to streaming EPL only matches. What they are doing now would be like beIN changing their policy on the fly and charge subscribers extra for access to the beIN Connect channels.

  2. JP

    September 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Chris, this is in relation to your discussion about the poor UCL ratings on TNT vs Univision and even a weekend Everton/West Ham match. Wouldn’t be so quick to encourage TNT to shoehorn more English clubs for the sake of ratings.

    The Barca match was at 1PM on a Tuesday so would expect lower ratings on TNT vs the 3PM match. Also unfair to compare to weekend EPL match for the same reason, most people are working Tuesday/Wednesday and probably streamed it (raising my hand!)

    The quality of the matchups should dictate which is shown on TNT. Real Madrid/Roma was clearly of more interest than Manchester United/Young Boys. Next round Manchester United has the sexiest matchup of their day vs Valencia so should be on TNT, not because they have a larger following. That kind of thinking is how we end up with a listless Cowboys vs Giants game on Sunday Night Football once or twice every season.

    • Edwin

      September 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      I haven’t followed Champions league coverage closely in past years were the ratings much higher on FOX. If so I guess the English Drop is concerning as if we are honest the English ratings are still the more important one as far as Network marketability. The concern could be that with the UCL already having had its games to the US TV significantly reduced TNT may not Re-Up the deal in a 1yr half or they will simply stick even more games on B/R live.

      That said I’d give it a bit before I’d worry, lets see how these other UCL rating are for games. But it’s been a quick turn around from us having so much soccer to watch on basic TV that we could snobbishly pick and choose what we wanted and didn’t want to watch. Now we have to pay and pay more for the soccer we had for free.

      Maybe it will cause us to appreciate the access to the soccer we still do have on basic cable before more of that is taken away.

  3. Edwin

    September 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Did you guys get the Colorado vs Atlanta Sat Univision Rating was curious to see how that number faired against stiff college football competition.

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