NBC has owned the U.S. television rights to the Premier League since 2016 and during this time fans have grown accustomed to watching many of these and other EPL shoulder games on the NBC Sports Channel, popularly known as NBCSN, which has become the de facto home of Premier League television.
But that is about to change after NBCSN closes on January 1, 2022. And it will take some getting used to for Premier League fans.
With the cessation of NBCSN operations, NBC made USA Network the new English-speaking home of the English Premier League in the United States from 2022. USA Network previously served as the occasional overflow channel for matches, often in the event of matches. large-scale simultaneous. .
Below are all the details on how Premier League fans can keep watching their favorite teams and players without a break.
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Why was NBCSN closed?
NBCSN has been a staple for American sports fans since it launched as the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) in 1995, originally broadcasting outdoor sports such as fishing, hunting and eventually becoming known for its coverage. of the Tour de France. The network was renamed Versus in 2006, and has supported coverage of the NHL, combat sports, and NASCAR.
In January 2012, shortly after Comcast’s merger with NBC, the network was renamed NBC Sports Network, and a year later that moniker was officially shortened to NBCSN. In 2020, the network was ranked as the second most watched sports network after ESPN.
NBC Sports President Pete Bevacqua first announced the shutdown of NBCSN to employees in a memo on January 22, 2021, and then officially released it later in the year.
NBC has been quiet about exactly why NBCSN is shutting down, calling it only “part of a larger transition” in the internal memo. But it’s widely believed that the shutdown of NBCSN is part of the company’s desire to bring more sports content to its Peacock streaming service, in hopes of getting fans to subscribe.
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Which TV channel broadcasts the Premier League?
USA Network will become the Premier League’s new cable home in the United States from January 1, 2022.
As was the case before, sometimes more prestigious matches will be moved to the company’s main channel, NBC, or they may also be exclusively available on the NBC Peacock streaming service.
Many Premier League matches are also broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo and Universo.
What sports are on USA Network?
In addition to becoming the home of Premier League coverage in the United States, NBC will also be moving coverage of all of its other sports to USA Network, including:
- NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races
- Olympic Games (including the 2022 Winter Olympics)
- olympic sports
- Golf (Open, AIG Women’s Open, US Open, US Women’s Open)
- University sports (Atlantic 10 basketball)
- Horses race
- Cycling (Tour de France)
- Motorsports (IMSA, Monter Jam, Supercross)
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Where to find USA Network on cable and satellite
USA Network is found on most cable and satellite plans, including:
- AT&T U-verse HD: Channel 1125
- Spectrum HD Charter: Channel 760
- Comcast XFINITY TV HD: Channel 823
- Cox Communication HD: Channel 1028
- DirectTV 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 may be updated by each provider to a different channel at any time.
USA Network is also available through most streaming services including:
- Youtube television
- Sling TV (Blue Pack)
- Hulu + Live TV
- DirectTV Stream
New fuboTV users can sign up for a 7 day free trial. Former fuboTV subscribers will be able to stream the matches as usual on USA Network, NBC network, Telemundo and Universo.