NBC has held U.S. television rights in the Premier League since 2016, during which time fans have grown accustomed to watching many of these matches and other EPL programs on the NBC Sports Channel, popularly known as the NBCSN, which has become the de facto home of television broadcasting. Premier League.
But that changed when the NBCSN was closed on January 1, 2022. And it will take a while for Premier League fans to get used to it.
With the end of the NBCSN, the NBC made the US Network the new English home of the English Premier League in the United States beginning in 2022. The US Network previously served as an occasional overflow channel for matches, often in cases of concurrent high-profile matches. .
Below are all the details so that Premier League fans can watch their favorite teams and players without interruption.
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Why was the NBCSN closed?
The NBCSN has stood for American sports fans since its launch as the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) in 1995, originally broadcasting outdoor sports such as fishing, hunting, and eventually became known for its coverage of the Tour de France. The network was renamed Versus in 2006 and took over coverage of the NHL, martial arts and NASCAR.
In January 2012, shortly after Comcast merged with NBC, the network was renamed NBC Sports Network, and a year later the nickname was officially abbreviated to NBCSN. By 2020, the network was named the second most watched sports network after ESPN.
NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua first announced the closure of the NBCSN to employees in a memorandum on January 22, 2021, and then formally announced it later in the year.
NBC was stingy about the exact reason why the NBCSN was closed, and in an internal report it called it “part of a larger transition”. But there is widespread speculation that shutting down the NBCSN is part of the company’s desire to push more sports content into its Peacock streaming service in hopes of enticing fans to subscribe.
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Which TV channel broadcasts the Premier League?
From January 1, 2022, the USA Network became the new Premier League cable home in the United States.
As before, more significant matches will occasionally be moved to NBC’s main network channel, or they could also be exclusively available on NBC’s Peacock streaming service.
Many Premier League matches are also broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo and Universo.
Which sports are on the US Network?
In addition to becoming the home of Premier League news in the United States, NBC has also moved coverage of all its other sports to the US Network, including:
- NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races
- Olympic Games (including the 2022 Winter Olympics)
- Olympic sports
- Golf (The Open, AIG Women’s Open, US Open, US Women’s Open)
- College Sports (Atlantic 10 basketball)
- Horse race
- Cycling (Tour de France)
- Motor sports (IMSA, Monter Jam, Supercross)
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Where to find the US network on cable and satellite
USA Network can be found on most cable and satellite packages, including:
- AT&T HD version: Channel 1125
- Charter Spectrum HD: Channel 760
- Comcast XFINITY TV HD: Channel 823
- Cox Communication HD: Channel 1028
- DirecTV HD: Channel 242
- DISH Network HD: Channel 105
- Time Warner HD cable: Channel 55, 101
- Verizon FiOS: Channel 550
Channel assignments may vary by market, and each provider may update them to a different channel at any time.
The US Network is also available through most streaming services, including:
- Youtube TV
- Sling TV (blue package)
- Hulu + live TV
- DirecTV Stream
New fuboTV users can sign up for a free 7-day trial. Previous fuboTV subscribers will be able to stream matches on the US Network, NBC network, Telemundo and Universo as usual.