Last week, NBC Sports announced that all of the Premier League matches scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th will be streamed for free, live on NBC’s new streaming platform, Peacock. The matches will not be televised, so to watch Arsenal-Liverpool you’ll have to either go through their online portal or download their app to your streaming device.
It’s a little annoying that there is yet another streaming service to subscribe to, but Peacock looks to be decent value for the money. Next season, Peacock Premium will essentially replace NBC Sports Gold. Subscribers will also have access to the catalog of non-sports content as well that includes popular NBC TV shows and some movies. NBC is offering several different price points for Peacock Premium — $4.99/month for the base package, $9.99/month for ad-free viewing. Through tomorrow, NBC is offering a discount for a year-long subscription to Premium — $29.99 for the base package and $79.99 for ad-free.
That $29.99 price point offers a pretty hefty discount for Premier League fans. NBC Sports Gold, which will basically be subsumed by Peacock Premium, cost $64.99 this season. So you’re getting a bit more than half off if you subscribe for the 2020-21 season before the end of the day tomorrow — the Peacock website says the deals are valid through 7/14 but doesn’t have a specific time that they will stop offering them.
An NBCU spokesperson told Engadget that the game selection on Peacock will basically be the same as with Gold. The big matches will still be on NBC or NBC Sports, the lesser ones streaming only. All matches will be available on-demand after 9 PM eastern on match day.
It looks like most Xfinity subscribers will have the with-ads version of Peacock Premium included with their TV/Internet service. Check here for more details.
In other broadcast news, CBS acquired the rights to the remaining Champions League and Europa League matches for this season and all of next season. CBS was already slated to take over from Turner starting in 2021 and broadcast CL and EL matches through 2024. Turner unexpectedly opted-out of their current broadcast deal with UEFA in late June, leaving both competitions without a U.S. broadcaster until CBS stepped in. As of right now, both competitions will stream online only on CBS All-Access, although CBS has the right to move key matches to over-the-air TV broadcasts. All-Access starts at $5.99/month with commercials, $9.99/month commercial free. Turner charged $9.99/month for access to every match or $2.99 per match a la carte.
UPDATE: if you create your Peacock account and subscribe from an Android device (phone, tablet, or TV), you will get three months of the with-ads service for free.
Of course, with Arsenal looking up at the Europa League places and qualification looking increasingly less likely, where the matches will stream isn’t strictly relevant to us, although I suppose it’s useful information in case you want to watch better-run clubs.