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This is the plan for the New NBC BPL programming next season. They announce it earlier today (NO more FOX SOCCER AND GUS JOHNSON!)...

NBC Sports has finally revealed its plans for the English Premier League, and upon first glance, the network's tonnage is as impressive as Robin van Persie in the six-yard box.

During a Premier League presentation at NBC's offices at 30 Rockefeller Center on Tuesday, the network announced all Premier League matches will include pre- and post-game studio coverage and be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, the network's live streaming product for desktop, mobile and tablets.

The network said games not aired on a designated NBC Universal channel would be made available to distributors via Premier League Extra Time, a package of overflow TV channels available at no extra cost for customers who receives NBC Sports Network. As announced in October, NBC Universal will air 380 Premier League matches across all platforms and devices in the United States. A source with knowledge of the negotiations told SI.com that NBC Universal's winning bid was $250 million for a three-year agreement, a sum more than triple the $23 million per year that Fox currently pays for its deal.

Stateside fans of the Premier League expect matches to be available over-the-air, and NBC Sports said its initial schedule will include 154 games on NBC Sports Network, 22 games on other NBC Universal channels and 20 games on NBC. There will be 184 games airing on Premier League Extra Time and 76 Spanish-language broadcasts on Telemundo (10) and Mun2 (66). There are plans to air more than 600 hours of original and weekly studio programming on the NBC Sports Network. NBC said it will air 30 hours of original Premier League programming weekly.

"Our goal and No. 1 objective is to be true to the sport," NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood said.

Said Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore: "Fundamentally, this is a market of huge interest to our owners. The plans these guys have are a big step for us."

As for those who will present the coverage, the network officially announced that Arlo White will be the lead play-by-play voice, confirming last week's report from the EPL Talk website. White has spent the last two years as the lead play-by-play voice for NBC's MLS coverage and will relocate back to the U.K. to call matches on site for NBC Sports. Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux, both former England national team members and EPL veterans, will split time as White's game analysts. Both have worked for BBC as color commentators. NBC said it will use the world feed on games not involving its announced staffers.

As first reported by SI.com last month, Rebecca Lowe has been named the network's lead studio host. After concluding her Premier League and FA Cup duties with ESPN UK in May, she will relocate to the U.S. this summer. She'll be joined in the studio by former Jamaican National Robbie Earle and former English footballer Robbie Mustoe. That group will broadcast from NBC Sports Group's new International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Ct. Well-known BBC presenter and former England national star Gary Lineker will serve as a special contributor for the coverage. He will occasionally host on-site studio coverage in the U.K while continuing to host Match of the Day on BBC.

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Coverage of the Premier League will kick off Aug. 17 with live matches on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, Premier League Extra Time, NBC Sports Live Extra and other NBC Universal channels including CNBC and USA. The network also announced that every Premier League match on the final day of the season -- May 11, 2014 -- will air live across a host of NBCU channels, including NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E!.

As of now, the original programming is as followed:

• Premier League Goal Zone -- A 30-minute program airing after Sunday matches with highlights of every goal scored on Saturday and Sunday.

• Match of the Day -- A two-hour Saturday show on NBC Sports Network modeled after the BBC show of the same name. Match of the Day will re-air Sunday mornings.

• Match of the Day 2 -- A 90-minute program featuring extended highlights with the natural calls of every game Sunday.

• Match of the Week --NBC Sports Network will re-air the best match of the weekend in its entirety Sunday night.

• Premier League 36 -- An original series that follows EPL players for 36 hours leading up to a game.

• Game Cut-Downs -- NBC Sports Network will air a two-hour show Monday nights featuring cut-down versions of Manchester United and Manchester City matches. On Tuesdays the network will feature Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur matches.

• Premier League Download -- A weekly show featuring high-profile celebrity supporters and journalists discussing the Premier League.

• Barclays Premier League World -- A weekly magazine show produced by the Premier League.

• Barclays Premier League Preview -- A weekly show (also produced by the league) previewing the upcoming week's matches.

• Barclays Premier League Review -- A weekly show produced by the league that recaps all the matches from the past week.

• Premier League Countdown -- A preview of the 2013-14 Premier League season.

NBC said its Saturday coverage of the Premier League will start at 7 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and continue on that network at 10 a.m. When Saturday coverage airs on NBC, it will air with a start time at 12:30 p.m. The Sunday coverage begins at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports Network and continues at 11 a.m. on that network and Telemundo. Monday coverage will start at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

An NBC Sports spokesperson said there will be some weeks where mid-week Premier League games could appear on CNBC and USA. The network said any game not designated for an NBCU channel will be available on Premier League Extra Time, which is similar to MLB's Extra Innings Package. (There is no charge to customers whose cable systems have NBC Sports Network.) All games will also be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra, though most consumers will need to authenticate that service.



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Funny thing is that there is very little coverage of EPL in England compared to other countries. Examples are the saturdays 3pm games.

It pisses me off...

They are "not allowed" to show 3pm saturday games as they fear it would reduce attendences at the grounds. Its crazy. People like me would spend so much more money to be able to see any game when they are on. It is easily done, and they would make so much more money off it. People would still go to the games. Yet NBC are gonna show 380 games, thats more than SKY, ESPN etc. And i pay 35 quid a month (Well i don't technically) for skysports. Yet in the NFL they have their game pass system which generates so much money for them and gives people the ability to watch every single game.

Absolutely crazy.

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Brazilian Coverage of EPL is the best on the planet, imo.

ESPN gets 4 games live, Fox Sports gets 2 and Terra Online Stream gets 1. 7/10 games every single week!

Not to count that Chelsea is always in one of the 7 games chosen...ENVY ME!

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Brazilian Coverage of EPL is the best on the planet, imo.

ESPN gets 4 games live, Fox Sports gets 2 and Terra Online Stream gets 1. 7/10 games every single week!

Not to count that Chelsea is always in one of the 7 games chosen...ENVY ME!

Good for you. Though where I am right now, we get all the games live. even the wee teams like QPR and Reading get live coverage everyweek. :rolleyes:

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Brazilian Coverage of EPL is the best on the planet, imo.

ESPN gets 4 games live, Fox Sports gets 2 and Terra Online Stream gets 1. 7/10 games every single week!

Not to count that Chelsea is always in one of the 7 games chosen...ENVY ME!

Meh. I have a package that consists of 5 HD quality channels and 96% of the EPL games are aired live. Only on times when there are 6 or more games on at the same time some matches have to be discarded but basically that happens only on some Saturday afternoons and the final round of the season and so far it has never affected Chelsea.

Best part of this, it only costs me 5 euros a month. It would be a bit higher normally but I get an amazing discount because I have a 100/100Mb internet connection from the same provider but I would definitely be paying the 20 euros a month for the internet anyway so it's good. Finland's telecommunication services for the win, that's about the only thing that's actually cheaper here than elsewhere.

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Brazilian Coverage of EPL is the best on the planet, imo.

ESPN gets 4 games live, Fox Sports gets 2 and Terra Online Stream gets 1. 7/10 games every single week!

Not to count that Chelsea is always in one of the 7 games chosen...ENVY ME!

Australia has the best. I'm not bragging. They are on Fox Sports 1, 2, 3. That's all. When two games clash, you press a button and choose which one you watch. No games are missed, they are all televised. And are repeated constantly throughout the week till the next match day.

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With basic cable in the U.S., we get NO epl games except for the very rare Manchester United game. Even with upgraded cable options you're only going to see the big names (basically the top 5) unless you want to pay out the ass for it.

I've found it's just a lot less painless to stream them online, even if the quality isn't all there. I'm living at my University anyway, so I have to accept the television they provide me...

But that is ridiculous that you would be unable to watch a Chelsea game on the tele if you're living in london, I assumed EPL would dominate the networks!

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USA covered every Chelsea game save the capt. Cup games, 2 ucl games and maybe 2 or 3 Bpl games...

Funny thing is Spain nt games are always on espn, moreso than England or any other country besides USA.

Also, I don't get how people can watch games on streams. I would be so frustrated..

However, I was still looking to get gol TV and bein.

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With basic cable in the U.S., we get NO epl games except for the very rare Manchester United game. Even with upgraded cable options you're only going to see the big names (basically the top 5) unless you want to pay out the ass for it.

I've found it's just a lot less painless to stream them online, even if the quality isn't all there. I'm living at my University anyway, so I have to accept the television they provide me...

But that is ridiculous that you would be unable to watch a Chelsea game on the tele if you're living in london, I assumed EPL would dominate the networks!

What service you got.....

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Good for you. Though where I am right now, we get all the games live. even the wee teams like QPR and Reading get live coverage everyweek. :rolleyes:

How much do you pay for it though? I dont pay anything extra for football, this is all part of the regular basic cable plan. I do have to pay extra for the movie channels, but that is another story...

I also pay extra for the HD channels, but again, this is another story!

Australia has the best. I'm not bragging. They are on Fox Sports 1, 2, 3. That's all. When two games clash, you press a button and choose which one you watch. No games are missed, they are all televised. And are repeated constantly throughout the week till the next match day.

All games that I talked about are live dude, why would I brag about replays? Do you also get every game of FA Cup and League Cup (talking about big teams) and every single one of the UCL games live? :rolleyes:

All in HD as well: ESPN HD, ESPN+ HD, ESPN BR HD, FOX SPORTS HD, FOX SPORTS 2 HD, TERRA ONLINE SERVICE in HD! :P

Meh. I have a package that consists of 5 HD quality channels and 96% of the EPL games are aired live. Only on times when there are 6 or more games on at the same time some matches have to be discarded but basically that happens only on some Saturday afternoons and the final round of the season and so far it has never affected Chelsea.

Best part of this, it only costs me 5 euros a month. It would be a bit higher normally but I get an amazing discount because I have a 100/100Mb internet connection from the same provider but I would definitely be paying the 20 euros a month for the internet anyway so it's good. Finland's telecommunication services for the win, that's about the only thing that's actually cheaper here than elsewhere.

Wow, that is some amazing deals right there. I have a 10Mb internet because those things cost a fortune in Brazil. A 100Mb connection would cost me around 90 euros a month!

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you have to pay £25 per month for Sky Sports and/or ESPN to watch a maximum of about 3 Premier League games per week. Simply shocking.

This is absurd, disgraceful!

I think I pay 35 pounds or so for all of my channels, and I have everything basically (HBO, TeleCine, ESPN, Fox Sports, CNN, BBC, NatGeo etc)...

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All games that I talked about are live dude, why would I brag about replays? Do you also get every game of FA Cup and League Cup (talking about big teams) and every single one of the UCL games live? :rolleyes:

HAHA, once again my Brazzer friend you don't understand me. ALL the games are live in HD, bar none. Then replays are on all week. We also get some FA Cup and League Cup games live on Sentanta Sports and we get all UCL league games live. Half on FREE TO AIR, and the other half on paid.

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