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Watching the Champions League in England is a rude awakening: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 141, Christopher Harris covers a range of topics including:

• LaLiga signs a deal with Sling TV to provide exclusive content,
• Liverpool FC TV is the latest addition to B/R Live,
• fuboTV integrates TUDNxtra into its streaming platform for more UEFA coverage,
• The Gaffer gets a rude awakening in Great Britain when trying to watch the Champions League,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Brendan

    September 21, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Would certainly be better than the rubbish we have to watch on TNT

  2. DT

    September 21, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I mean BT Sport did show Real-PSG but it was on BT Sport 2 while City was on BT Sport 3. They both come together, no? So all they had to do was change the channel. Also BT is a telecommunications company primarily and picked up football rights to try to get people to sign up to their broadband or mobile plans. Not sure you can compare it anything similar in the US yet anyway?

  3. MagicThor

    September 21, 2019 at 6:21 am

    BT Sport shows some Bundesliga II matches with english commentary. So there should be on-screen graphic availabe.-but I guess It’s just not worth the hazzle.

  4. Larry Kern

    September 21, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t all these Champion’s League available in England on pay per view? We certainly are spoiled over here in the USA with the amount of Champion’s League you can get on normal non-pay-per-view. Isn’t pay per view an important part of the revenue stream that benefits financially the teams that participate in the Champion’s League. Hey, and on the bright side MLS is free, so what are you complaining about!!??

    • Christopher Harris

      September 21, 2019 at 6:20 am

      They’re all available on paid TV channels only (BT TV, Sky and Virgin Media).

      In the UK, only 49% of households have cable or satellite TV. In the US, that number is 78%.

    • Azer

      September 22, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      We were satisfied when Fox Sports had the rights. Fox made mistakes, no doubt but they were much better than TNT. I believe the majority of people want Turner’s contract to expire, asap. I hope Fox Sports gets its act together and prevents the Bundesliga from joining the Mickey Mouse Club. If the league goes to ESPN+ Fox Sports won’t have any leagues to cover. What will they do? We certainly need more leagues on TV not just the Premier League.

      • Eddie

        September 23, 2019 at 2:35 pm

        Espn plus has Bundesliga rights starting next season. Is any Spanish tv rights at this time?

  5. Mike

    September 20, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I wonder if BeIn is going to lose rights to la Liga? Above it was stated that Sling had signed an agreement; I just dumped Sling because it is difficult to navigate, the picture isn’t necessarily good or stable. I signed up with Fubo and the difference is day and night, many of the games are coming through in 4K and no interruptions. I really don’t want to have to sign up again with Sling, what can you tell me about LaLiga going forward???

    • cliff kobland

      September 21, 2019 at 10:21 am

      I was shocked they hadn’t lost it already and something tells me I read where they recently reupped with BeIN. It’s foolish for La Liga to keep their most desirable product on such a carrier. Would think Fox would drop Bundesliga in a flash to get La Liga. Also know once La Liga leaves BeIn they’re out of business in USA. Even as it is they’re hanging on by the thread of PSG, Barcelona, & Real Madrid.

      • Monte Reed

        September 21, 2019 at 1:36 pm

        In order to get all the bundesliga matches you need big fox, fs1, fs2, fox soccer channel and fox soccer match pass. I get all those channels on Fubo except for match pass which is an additional $20 a month.
        Fubo has ALL beIN channels which shows ALL La Liga matches. Nothing behind additional paywalls. beIN is the only major English soccer channel without a paywall (ESPN+, Fox Soccer Match Pass, NBC Sports Gold, GOLTV Play).
        So for us, beIN is the best choice for La Liga so we can watch every match.

  6. Cpcva

    September 20, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    No match of the day?

    • Christopher Harris

      September 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Not for the UEFA Champions League on UK TV. The BBC only have rights to broadcast highlights on UK TV of the Premier League matches.

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