Yesterday, NBC and the Premier League reached a new six-year rights extension that will see the English elite stay on NBC’s linear and digital platforms until 2028. Although there has been speculation, the whole of the package could be made available to those who only had Peacock. , This will not be the case.
Asked on a conference call yesterday, NBC Sports chairman Jon Miller confirmed that many Premier League games will remain only by cable and not available live on Peacock.
“It doesn’t change. The games that are exclusive to our cable and satellite partners will remain that way, and the games that are on Peacock, as well as on the broadcast, will be – the games that are broadcast will air simultaneously on Peacock. “
In the past, games on NBC, NBCSN, and USA Network were only offered on demand on Peacock. However, starting in the 2021-22 season, Premier League matches broadcast on NBC were also simultaneously broadcast live on Peacock.
It was hoped that under the new rights agreement all games would be available on Peacock, but that will not be the case. Under the new rights deal, NBC games will continue to air simultaneously on Peacock, but all games airing on USA Network, which will be the new Premier League headquarters from next year, will not be available only to those with cable, satellite, and live TV streaming service.
Pete Bevacqua, President of NBC Sports Group, reiterated the importance of balancing content across platforms:
We will continue to balance games on NBC, USA and Peacock. I think it’s very important for the Premier League that there is a strong linear presence. It will continue. It is essential for them. It is essential for us.
I think one of the big advantages that we have at NBC is that we have this platform flexibility. We have such key platforms in broadcast, cable and streaming. It sets us up well for the future, and part of a great relationship is working together to make sure we position these games correctly every year.
I think this formula, as put together, may change every year, the balance of games on these three platforms may change every year, but it is absolutely our intention to maintain a strong linear presence for these games on NBC. and USA, while, of course, also offering a solid series of Peacock Showdowns, as we’ve done in the immediate past since Peacock launched.
Last season, NBCUniversal announced that they would be moving Premier League content previously available on the “Premier League Pass” from NBC Sports Gold to Peacock Premium.
Prior to moving to Peacock, NBC Sports Gold previously offered two season plans: Match Day Pass ($ 39.99) and Premier League Pass ($ 64.99). Match Day Pass came with live streaming of matches not available on TV, while Premier League Pass ($ 64.99) added the ability to stream all matches on demand.
NBC and USA Network will continue to broadcast live coverage of the Premier League matches, as well as pre and post-match shows and additional shoulder programming. Premier League matches on NBC and USA Network will be broadcast on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app with your TV Everywhere credentials.
All games broadcast on CNBC, NBCSN and USA will be available to stream on demand with Peacock starting at 9 p.m. ET on game day. This is in addition to all the TV shows available live and on demand exclusively with Peacock Premium.
Usually, most of the big clubs – like Chelsea and Manchester United – have around four games per season on Premier League Pass, while most other teams will have almost half of their games on serve.
NBC has moved more sports content to Peacock, including this season’s Stanley Cup Finals, some MLB games from their RSNs, and will offer live coverage of some of the biggest events of the Summer Games, including the gymnastics, athletics and the United States. Men’s basketball team.