7 Coolest Things About NBC's Premier League Coverage Next Season
American fans of the English Premier League have plenty of reason to be excited about the upcoming 2013-14 season, and it's not all about what will happen on the field.
NBC Sports in October landed the American rights to broadcast the Premier League starting next season (via The Guardian). Recently, the company announced its plans for the coverage, and the announcement caused quite a stir for all the right reasons.
The plans are outlined in NBC's official press release. Here we'll list the seven coolest features about the upcoming coverage. Make sure to add your thoughts in the comments below.
The Number of Live Games
On the final day of the 2011-12 Premier League season, Fox committed to showing nine of the 10 available games on live television.
NBC will make that one commitment look trivial.
Below are NBC's plans for live coverage of matches on American TV.
In a word, it's impressive.
— NBCSportsPR (@NBCSportsPR) April 16, 2013
In fact, according to NBC's press release, fans will have "live access" to all 380 Premier League matches from the 2013-14 season, whether it's on television or the Internet (more on that later).
The Number of Networks Involved
As the previous graphic showed, NBC Sports won't be the only network showing Premier League matches on a regular basis.
According to NBC's press release, the following networks will show live matches at some point in the season: NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, CNBC and USA.
Premier League Extra Time
If your club's match doesn't appear on one of the basic NBC channels next season, don't worry. It will still be available—and potentially at no additional cost.
According to NBC, those games not aired by a "designated NBCUniversal channel" will be available via Premier League Extra Time.
What's that? It's a package of additional channels that will be available at no extra charge to existing customers who already have NBC Sports Network.
In addition to all the television coverage, NBC will also make Premier League games available via an extensive online presence.
According to NBC, every Premier League match will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra, the company's new streaming tool. Games will be available on regular computers and mobile and tablet devices.
That means no more questionably legal live streams that have the potential to infect your computer with malware.
On May 11, 2014, the final day of the 2013-14 Premier League season, NBC will air all 10 matches on live television.
Check out the schedule in the graphic at left.
We already can't wait. Let's just hope the title race will give us something good to watch.
Englishman Arlo White will provide the lead play-by-play voice for NBC's coverage. White is well known to American fans for his work covering Major League Soccer, and he brings an experienced, respected voice to American airwaves.
Joining White will be Graeme Le Saux and Lee Dixon. In the studio, Rebecca Lowe will anchor the coverage with Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and "special contributor" Gary Lineker.
All the Extras
In addition to all the live coverage and studio analysis, NBC Sports will provide hours and hours of Premier League coverage throughout each week of the season.
According to NBC, there will be more than 600 hours of "studio and original programming" throughout the season. Upcoming programs include Premier League Countdown, Premier League Download, Premier League 36, Premier League Goal Zone, Match of the Day, Match of the Day 2, Barclays Premier League World, Barclays Premier League Preview and Barclays Premier League Review.
For fans, there almost won't be enough time in the day to watch it all.