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World Soccer Talk Podcast Episode 1 – Talking soccer TV coverage


Welcome to the latest episode of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, the longest running soccer podcast on the planet (since 2006).

In the new format of the show, episode 1 of the rebooted World Soccer Talk Podcast focuses on soccer TV coverage, as well as the latest news about how you can watch soccer on TV, streaming and apps.

Hosts Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer dive into a range of topics including:

• Has the sports TV bubble burst?

• beIN SPORTS’ impressive viewing numbers for a recent game involving Premier League teams,

• Whether FOX Sports will ever be able to surpass NBC’s quality in production and analysts,

• Big concerns for MLS TV ratings now that both New York teams are out of the MLS Cup,

• And much more, including the upcoming launch of a new streaming service from DirecTV.

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  1. Ehren Schwiebert

    December 7, 2016 at 4:35 am

    The format change is an interesting idea but takes your flagship podcast in a direction I suspect most football fans are not interested in. The information that your site provides for locating broadcast and streaming football content is helpful, but I don’t think it should be the central focus of the podcast. It takes the focus off of the football itself and looks too much at coverage. It feels very wonkish and “inside baseball”; maybe a one-off episode or resource to review what’s out there would be nice, but I can’t keep listening to this stuff every week. For fans like me who just watch whistle to whistle with the sound turned off, the quality of the host network’s analysis, commentary, streaming offerings, and extended off-field coverage could not be less interesting, especially since most networks are using the league-provided video feeds for game coverage that gets piped through to broadcasters worldwide.

    I liked your previous podcast format’s game and league analysis, although it was a bit too heavily focused on the Premier League (it was definitely not a “World Soccer” focused conversation in that regard). Your analysis of the World Cup, UEFA, and Copa tournaments in this past cycle were impressively comprehensive and I will miss having that, although I suppose we’re 18 months out from Russia so maybe you’ll offer something similar in 2018.

    Anyway, I’m unsubscribing to WST podcasts for now but will keep tabs on your site in hopes that you might return to a format and focus that offers commentary on the game itself without getting caught up in the network coverage.

  2. Kyle

    November 16, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    What will the new podcast schedule be? Once a week? Twice? A roadmap or plan would be great.

    • Christopher Harris

      November 17, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Once a week. The next episode should be released today.

  3. PEP

    November 8, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry guys I don’t like the new format. I’m from Australia and your podcast is now meaningless to me. I am going to unsubscribe from this podcast. I will check in periodically to see if you have reverted to your previous format as I don’t think this is going to work. Good luck regardless.

    • Christopher Harris

      November 9, 2016 at 11:47 am

      No problem, Pep. But it’d be great to get your opinion on how the FOXTEL deal is doing in Australia in bringing Premier League coverage down under. Any input would be appreciated.

      • PEP

        November 11, 2016 at 1:23 am

        Foxtel has actually lost the rights to the Premier League. They were broadcasting every game live and they were doing a brilliant job. Optus (owned by SingTel) is now the provider and they stream their offering. The coverage often hangs and the picture quality is poor. They’re improving but they still have a long way to go. The punters are not happy.

  4. David

    November 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Great podcast, but you need to raise Kartik’s volume, Chris is much louder than Kartik.

    • Christopher Harris

      November 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Thanks David. I’m glad you liked it.

      Yep, I’ll be working on improving the audio quality for the next podcast moving forward. Still trying to get used to the new recording equipment.

  5. Long time listener

    November 8, 2016 at 6:57 am

    So the podcast is now a weekly review of TV coverage? That’s it really?

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