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Watching soccer on Apple TV devices

In the NEW episode, number 205, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• First impressions of Apple TV device in 4K
• Why Apple TV is a dream come true for ESPN+ subscribers
• Major streaming service announces price increase
• Latest update about talksport’s Premier League radio commentaries,
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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

Show notes:

talkSPORT’s Premier League commentaries are now available via

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. RS

    January 15, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    @KL .. I believe you need to have the AppleTV 4K box

  2. Don

    January 12, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Please please please discuss the VAR issues in the River Plate 2nd leg. OMG what s match but this one will be talked about for the 3 VAR checks that all went against River Plate 2 of them took away penalty kicks when the match was 0-2 but 3-2 on aggregate.

    If this isnt the “match of the week” I would be surprised from minute 1 all the way to the final whistle. A bunch of yellows and 1 red card.

  3. Nelson P Arblaster

    January 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    No FA Cup recommendations!!! Seriously? How about the made for film story of Marine FC playing Spurs. First time in 150 years that an 8th division team has played a Premier league team in the 3rd round. Done of the best players in the world up against PE teachers and even a garbage man!

  4. KL

    January 10, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Hmm, I tried that but it doesnt work. I wonder why. thanks for trying to help.

  5. MDFootball

    January 10, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    1. Select a game/show you want to watch
    2. Once it starts playing, swipe up to see a selection of other games/shows that are live
    3. Select a second game/show by clicking and holding (don’t just click it)
    4. Both games/shows now display
    5. Repeat to add a third or fourth game/show

    And I agree, Apple TV is the best streaming device I have used because of the number of supported apps, the number of features and its upscaling capabilities compared to FireTv and Roku. It’s well worth the price to me. I haven’t used the NVIDIA shield which is also well-regarded but geared towards gaming.

  6. KL

    January 9, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    How did you get multicast to work? I looked for it but cant find it on the espn app.

  7. Mercator

    January 9, 2021 at 11:58 am

    The Apple TV is far and away the best streaming box, particularly if you use Apple products. The remote isn’t that great, but the remote app on the phone is very convenient and I’ve always been able to set up the Apple TV to use the same remote as the TV itself (or set up the TV to be controlled by apply TV remote, which is fine except for missing a mute button). Notably, every major app seems to be on Apple TV and they remain updated and often with more features than the same app on other platforms.

    The ESPN App on Apple TV is probably the best streaming app I’ve seen. The multicast feature in particular is incredible and I haven’t seen it on any other app yet (ESPN also does PiP very well on Apple TV). I always hope ESPN gets the rights to new leagues because I love the multicast and PiP features for weekends when so many games are on at once. They haven’t yet done it for soccer, but ESPN also streams in 4K when available and they will show 5-6 live cam feeds for big events (not just the main production feed). With even a non-4K apple TV, ESPN, CBS and Peacock stream in better resolution than cable for me (not the case on Firestick).

    Personally this Multicast feature alone has gotten me into Bundesliga much more. I might not sit down and commit to one game, but I can sit down and watch 3-4 Bundesliga games at once and then narrow it down to there interesting game or two by the second half. I’ve also found myself opting for a later Seria A game because I can multicast watch it along with a College Football game or two, unlike later EPL games. I watch a decent amount of MLS just because its on ESPN and I can also have a basketball game or something going on as well if I’m not that committed to the MLS match. Yes, none of these productions have any commentary or analysis really, but I’m fine with that as long as the matches are available.

    If you link the various apps on your Apple TV to the TV App, you can also get live alerts of when a game is close or if there is an upset. Quite nice to get a reminder so you can pop in for the last 10 minutes even if you didn’t know there was a match on.

  8. Edward

    January 9, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Chris, I remember from our Twitter interactions back in 2016-2017 that you weren’t too much of a fan of TalkSport commentary quality

  9. Michael

    January 8, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    beIN Sports is on the basic package for Vidgo ($40) or the Espanol package ($15). You guys are kicking a dead horse. beIN one the World Contract for La Liga. This whole discussion is futile. beIN is over paying so that they can carry La Liga in every country world wide. They aren’t going to change. I haven’t missed a single La Liga game in 10 8 years. For me, I can access La Liga much easier than I can EPL…but since the only EPL I care anything about is Arsenal….it is not a big deal to me. I have beIN but I don’t have NBCSN. I am perfectly fine watching the one NBC EPL game each week…but I have to watch all my Barca games no matter what day they play.

  10. bselig

    January 7, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    What is the news nugget about Premier League on TalkSport? Last month the “Premier League Live” channel on TuneIn, designated for markets outside the UK and Ireland, shut down, but some PL games were now carried in the clear on the TalkSport audio feed from London.

  11. Ritchie

    January 7, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    He’s monotone, but he does not mumble. He’s been pretty good this year IMO.

  12. Ritchie

    January 7, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Steven Ross and Relevant sports were supposed to guide the granting of La Liga rights to a (new) TV partner this year. Instead, global Bein’s global parent just somehow forced La Liga’s hand and kept La Liga USA’s rights intact.

    I agree that being kept off many mainstream providers is hurting Bein (no AT&T/DirectTV, Hulu TV, Youtube TV, Comcast, etc) but what makes you think that will change in the next rights cycle?

  13. Adolfo Boutin

    January 7, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Really enjoy your podcast great analysis and good conversation on soccer, my question is what do you gentlemen see on the future of MLS, with their current television deals which are a joke and their low ratings how are will they be able to survive, are they planning something huge that no one knows about or will they hold on hope and pray that the 2026 World Cup will put the worlds eye on the league.

  14. Edward O

    January 7, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Tim Howard mumbles and you can’t understand what he is saying.

  15. Edward

    January 7, 2021 at 9:00 am

    NBC really needs to get Tim Howard to analyze goalkeeping play. Rob Green does a great job of discussing the mechanics of goalkeeping. Bring TH to the big screen and run a tactics session on goalkeeping.

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