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How to watch the Bundesliga on US TV

How to watch the Bundesliga on US TV

If you’re trying to find out where to watch the Bundesliga on US TV, you’ve come to the right place.

Where to watch Bundesliga on US TV and streaming

Beginning with the 2020/21 season, ESPN+ has the exclusive rights to the German Bundesliga league in both English- and Spanish-languages. That means that previous rights holders FOX Sports and Univision no longer have the rights.

ESPN plans to broadcast a minimum of four Bundesliga games on U.S. television each season. For more insight, here’s everything you need to know about the new US rights deal.

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For cord cutters who don’t have access to ESPN or ESPN2, you may want to consider Sling Orange or fuboTV, both of which typically offer a free trial.

ESPN+ is available for just $6.99/month or for $13.99/month as part of the Disney+ bundle that includes ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+.

The 2020/21 Bundesliga season was the first under the new rights deal with ESPN. It’s part of the six-year agreement that will end at the close of the 2025-26 season.

Courtesy of World Soccer Talk, download a complimentary copy of The Ultimate Soccer TV And Streaming Guide, which features details on where to watch all of the leagues from around the world on US TV and streaming.

SEE MORE:

• View the Bundesliga TV schedule for soccer fans in the USA.
• Listen to an interview with the legendary Toby Charles from Soccer Made in Germany.

Bundesliga games on the radio

British radio station Talksport 2 often provides free coverage of live Bundesliga matches via TuneIn.

Sirius XM FC broadcasts a select number of Bundesliga games live on its satellite radio network.

Where to watch the Bundesliga on US TV

 

German cup competitions

The DFB-Pokal, a knockout-style soccer tournament played throughout the Bundesliga schedule, can be viewed using the WatchESPN stream and through Sling Orange.

Each August, the German Super Cup final, featuring the league champions against the winners of the DFB-Pokal, is expected to be shown either on ESPN or ESPN+.

The German Cup, also known as the DFB-Pokal, is the preeminent annual knockout competition in German football. The Cup is considered the second-most important club competition in the country after the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich has won the title more times than any other German club – well ahead of second place Werder Bremen with six titles. The first German Cup was played in 1935, and 64 teams each year participate in the competition.

If you have any questions about where to watch the Bundesliga on US TV and streaming, please let us know in the comments section below.

 

Where to watch the Bundesliga on US TV

 

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27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Nature Guy

    December 16, 2020 at 6:32 am

    ESPN+ is great! I’ve been streaming for years in a variety of ways—depending upon which streaming device I use (sometimes the Roku to the big screen; sometimes to the Chromecast device via my laptop when I watch on a smaller screen outdoors.) Over the years, I’ve just used ESPN+ for domestic (U.S.) soccer leagues (1st & 2nd division teams.) Previously, I watched the Bundesliga matches via the Fox Soccer Match Pass, but–with their move to ESPN+, things have worked-out even better for me. My only little disappointment has been that the Bundesliga 2 games aren’t well-covered via ESPN+. BUT, all Bundesliga games are available on ESPN+. BTW, the picture quality on ESPN+ is always solid–no buffering, etc. ((I haven’t used cable/satellite TV in well over 10 years & have no regrets.))

  2. Don

    November 22, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Steve. The way ESPN has allowed us football fans to watch is great. I guess if you have Cable/Satellite or a Live streaming service then maybe you are mad. But for us that don’t have expensive cable packages this is a great experience. I have the Hulu/disney/ESPN bundle and CBS All Access. Yes I miss the Premiere League but I’ll be ok. Only thing I might add is Fanatiz as a Christmas gift this year.

    What exactly would you want ESPN to do; put 2 or 3 matches on a weekend on cable and hide the rest behind a pay wall like NBC is doing.

  3. Azer

    November 21, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    @Steve Shepard, ESPN is streaming the Bundesliga on ESPN+ They don’t have a channel to broadcast the league on TV. College Football is ESPN’s bread & butter, more revenue for the company.

  4. Steve Shepard

    November 21, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Why on earth would you buy the rights to this and not broadcast it ??? another poor business decision at ESPN ! If you want America to continue to have crappy soccer here and never compete on a global scale again, you’re on the right track ! what a joke …. you have no clue the viewers you are missing !!!

  5. David Fass

    October 10, 2020 at 3:07 am

    I am saddened by the loss of Bundesliga soccer on American television. I was able to watch a different game every morning with my coffee in hand on Fox. Now I see that although I already pay for 2 ESPN channels there will be no games unless I pay even more. My cable bill is already too high. I hate that I have lost the connection I formed with the stars on every team during this last year. Goodby Bundesliga It’s too bad it was ESPN. They will kill it. The Premeir league does not hold a place in my heart the way Bundesliga did. I searched here to see if I could watch on spanish channels but it appears that is also a bust. It’s a bad jones when you are willing to watch in a language you don’t understand. We pay the cable company $250 a month now ESPN says pay more…..I give up. I remember when tv was free. Then they said we will make it better with a digital signal. The signal travels half as far and we now get no signal. Now it’s happened to soccer, ESPN makes it better by eliminating it from television.

  6. Frankie

    September 28, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I’m disappointed. no games on TV no studio, no experts. Fox did a much better job. Now the streaming quality is much better than fox. the biggest thing to me though is there is no more 2.bundesliga games even though they did advertise them. I e mailed ESPN already and complained but they couldn’t give me a satisfactory answer.

    • R.O

      September 28, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      Per Derek Rae, espn+ will have one 2 Bundesliga game per week. Today (9/28/2020) it’s Paderborn vs Hamburger HSV.

  7. Gunther Lothar Sturm

    September 22, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Interesting. I just cancelled my subscription to ESPN+ after I realized the deceptive advertisement. They claim that all the Bundesliga games were to be streamed. That certainly was not the case. One game and the rest highlights from other games. The quality of the utube transmission was terrible. Anyway, this is a disastrous change and surely will result in many loyal Bundesliga fans defecting. Bad move. I would advise anyone considering to sign up for ESPN+ to look into it carefully. Once other fact. You can’t record any internet streaming transmissions. So, you either watch in real time or, oh well, you are out of luck. As I said, a bad, bad move on part of the Bundesliga.

    • disco george

      September 22, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      I was curious about your comment and went and looked at my ESPN+ app, and I have multiple streams from last weekend available (I’m seeing nine available on-demand). Can you clarify what you mean about all the Bundesliga games not being streamed?

      • Jeff

        September 22, 2020 at 7:21 pm

        Yes and the picture quality is better than last year on FS1/FS2. So far, ESPN is doing a good job with the games and extra content and the app/streams work very well.

        Combined with the other leagues on ESPN+ (Serie A, Championship, eredivisie), makes EPL and all the Peacock shenanigans less important to me. 🙂

    • R.O.

      September 22, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      I had no problem streaming Bundesliga on ESPN+ using my computer. (I don’t use an app) In fact, I only have DSL and the picture quality was excellent and there was no buffering. I’m not fan of streaming but I have been very satisfied with espn+ (using my Laptop). As for all the games not being Live Streamed – they are. I found that on the home page, it can be a bit difficult to find all the links to each game. You have to go to “Schedule & Replays” (top of page) and select “Live Now” to see list of all the games. Then click on the game you want to watch. I don’t know about recording as I don’t do that but all the games are available for replay for at least a few days after it was Live.

  8. Deborah Rich

    September 19, 2020 at 10:54 am

    How can i get a refund. Just ordered less than 30 minutes ago.

    • Ritchie

      September 19, 2020 at 11:27 am

      https://help.espnplus.com/hc/en-us/articles/360026127032-How-do-I-cancel-my-ESPN-service-on-web-

      If you have a Roku, apple TV or another streaming device, you can watch ESPN on your television.

    • Ritchie

      September 19, 2020 at 11:31 am

      Google “How do I cancel my ESPN+ service on web?”. I replied with a link but those posts require moderation before they show up here.

    • Barry

      September 22, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      For $35 you can attach a chromecast streaming device to your TV and cast all the Bundesliga games from your phone to your TV. I do that on my old 75″ Samsung that we use in the basement. The picture quality is excellent.

  9. Deborah Rich

    September 19, 2020 at 10:53 am

    I need to cancel my currently purchased app for ESPN German soccer. I didn’t realize it was only available on your computer. Wanted to watch on TV. Please cancel my yearly subscription that I charged on my credit card 30 or less minutes ago. How can i cancel. Thank you in advance. Sorry for my confusion.

  10. Ray

    May 21, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Please help. I heard that FOX Soccer Match Pass showed all the Bundesliga games. According to their website they will only be showing one of the five Saturday games this week. Is that correct? I have cable and they are showing 3 of the 5 games.

    Is it possible that Fox Soccer Match Pass has not updated their webpage?

    • Christopher Harris

      May 21, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Ray, it looks like they haven’t updated their Bundesliga scheduled for Saturday. All of the games should be available through there.

  11. herbert bundgen

    May 16, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    thank you for providing access to the Bundesliga games, it’s appreciated. Herb

  12. 1kg20

    March 9, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Fox Soccer Matchpass stopped working 2 weeks ago – in the middle of the season. Which we prepaid. Ripoff. Anyone want to join a class action suit…?

  13. Ricardo Pereira

    June 3, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Where the rights go for the new next season?
    Thanks

    • Christopher Harris

      June 3, 2019 at 7:33 am

      Bundesliga will be on FOX Sports for the last season of their current deal during the 2019/20 season. After that, we’ll have to see who wins the bid for the next rights cycle.

      • Christopher Harris

        January 22, 2020 at 9:58 am

        Bundesliga will be on ESPN+ beginning with the August 2020 season. More details here:

        https://worldsoccertalk.com/2019/10/10/bundesliga-moves-espn-everything-need-know-new-us-rights-deal/

        • Gunther Lothar Sturm

          September 22, 2020 at 4:50 pm

          Too Bad! I am very disappointed and extremely frustrated to have lost the TV broadcasts of the weekly Bundesliga games via Fox. This change will cost the Bundesliga a number of loyal, diehard fans. A bad move on part of the Bundesliga. ESPN+ is a horrendously disappointing substitute. In many respects, it is an atrocious replacement. ESPN+ should be called out for deceptive and fraudulent adverting! Where are the promised live transmissions of the weekly Liga games?? Only one game was broadcast and the quality of the streaming broadcast on UTube was terrible. Who in the hell cares about “highlights” and “OLD” replays of snippets from games. This will not increase American Bundesliga viewers. On the contrary, you will be loosing fans like me and my friends. What a sh&tty move, Bloedsinn! Fox, please bring back the Bundesliga!

  14. Nathan Uebelhoer

    August 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Actually, according to the Fox Sports website and Soccer on Fox Sports (Wikipedia), Ian Joy is the Bundesliga lead studio host. Also, my sources tell me that Kate Abdo won’t be working to many Bundesliga matches due to her obligation to Turner Sports for the UEFA Champions League. Follow the links: http://www.foxsports.com/presspass/bios/on-air/ian-joy AND https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soccer_on_Fox_Sports

  15. Tom Alter

    August 8, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    How can one watch Bundesliga 2 in the U.S.?

    • Tom Alter

      August 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Never mind, I saw that Fox soccer now has the second division streaming.

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