COMMENTARY | There has been a lot of confusion among fans and analysts alike about what Premier League games will actually be offered on television now that NBC is in control of the league's US TV rights.
The original hope among fans was that every match would made available either through the Premier League Extra Time overflow channels, or via the NBC Sports Live Extra streaming service. We now know that isn't the case for everybody. Want to know if you are one of the millions of customers who can catch every Premier League match live (and legally) through NBC?
Doing so is now very easy thanks to one website.
The NBC Sports Extra Time page now has a "Barclays Premier League Game Finder" option. Enter your zip code in the appropriate box, and a list of different providers will then appear in the "Choose your provider" box. Click "Submit" after selecting your provider to see a schedule of the upcoming week's games that will be shown through NBC.
Matches airing on NBC Sports Network, broadcast NBC, mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra are labeled as such. The Premier League Extra Time service is not mentioned by name. Rather, the overflow channels (i.e. Channels 470-473 for Optimum customers) are listed next to their corresponding EPL matches.
One thing would-be viewers need to be on the lookout for is that the website appears to have at least some errors as of the posting of this piece. Multiple individuals have told me that not all of the channels listed on the website match the stations that have come up via their local television schedules. While the NBC Sports Extra Time website is a convenient tool to utilize, checking your local listings before sitting down to watch a morning of live soccer is always recommended.
Premier League fans who aren't seeing Premier League Extra Time channels or the NBC Sports Live Extra service on the NBC Sports Extra Time website shouldn't be totally dismayed heading into the opening weekend of the 2013-14 season. Numerous reports have claimed that NBC is in communication with television and Internet service providers about extending EPL coverage to as many US fans as possible. One person with knowledge of the TV deal told me earlier this week that he would be "very surprised" if Verizon FIOS, as an example, didn't carry the overflow channels before the end of the year.
A new and historic era of soccer on US TV is upon us. More people in this country than ever before are about to have access to free live Premier League games. Pay to watch the EPL on TV or online?
That's so 2012.
Zac has been covering the USMNT, Holland, Tottenham Hotspur, New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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