Roughly two-thirds of the world’s population – nearly 5 billion people – watch English Premier League (EPL) soccer. And over a million people in the US watch the EPL every week, which is more than Major League Soccer (MLS). For all those cord-cutting soccer fans in the US, we’ve got how to watch English Premier League soccer live without cable in 2022.
What is the English Premier League?
Founded in 1888, the Premier League is England's highest professional soccer – or football. It is the most-watched soccer league globally, with games airing in 210+ territories to over 640 million households. Its most well-known teams – or football clubs – include Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
The EPL 2022/23 season kicks off on August 6, however, it takes a prolonged mid-season break for the duration of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The final games before the break are on November 13, then the season resumes on December 26. The Premier League season concludes on May 28, 2023.
Where to Watch Premier League live in the USA
While the UK only airs about 3 Premier League live games each weekend, American viewers can watch all 10 games. That’s 380 games over the course of the season. But you’ll need NBC to watch them.
Acquiring the rights in 2013, NBCUniversal replaced Fox sports and ESPN to become the exclusive broadcaster of Premier League soccer in the United States. Weekends are generally split between USA Network airing 4 games and NBC’s Peacock streaming service airing 5 games.
A few games are on CNBC or NBC’s regular over-the-air TV channel, while NBC’s Spanish-language channels, Universo and Telemundo, air 1 or 2 games on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Watch the Premier League on Peacock Premium
NBC’s Peacock streaming service broadcasts 175 live Premier League soccer matches. There are 3 plans to choose from – Free, Premium and Premium Plus – but you’ll need at least Premium to watch Premier League soccer.
Peacock Premium costs $4.99/month or you can pay $49.99 for the year upfront, which is like getting 2 months free. It gives you complete access to NBCUniversal’s extensive on-demand library of movies and TV shows, exclusive Peacock channels, and next-day access to popular shows on NBC and Bravo. It also unlocks live sports and English Premier League soccer.
It’s an ad-supported plan, meaning the on-demand library has ads as well as live TV. Peacock doesn’t have a cloud DVR, but replays of matches that stream on Peacock become available shortly after the end of the game.
Peacock Premium Plus
Peacock Premium Plus costs $9.99/month or $99.99 for the year, which represents the same savings as the Premium plan. It gets you everything in the Premium plan without the ads. However, “ad-free” mostly applies to the on-demand library, as live TV, events and sports typically always have commercials.
Watch the Premier League on USA Network and NBC
To watch the Premier Leagues matches not airing on Peacock, you’ll need a live TV streaming service that carries USA Network for most of them and NBC for a few. All of the following services include NBC and USA Network, except for Sling TV, which comes with a caveat explained below.
Keep in mind, all live games include ads, but with all of the below services, you can fast-forward through commercials recorded to your cloud DVR.
Watch Premier League matches live on Sling TV
Sling TV has 2 main plans to choose from and both cost $35/month. The Orange plan has 31 channels and the Blue plan has 41, but only Blue has USA Network. You can also get Orange & Blue for $50/month, which includes all the channels from both plans.
The Blue plan includes NBC in 11 markets, making it the best value for watching Premier League soccer if you live in one of those areas. If you live elsewhere, you’ll need a different streaming service.
You can watch up to 3 simultaneous screens but you only get 50 hours of cloud DVR.
Watch Premier League matches live on fuboTV
FuboTV has 3 plans, ranging in price from $70 to $100 a month. For $69.99/month, the Pro plan has 130 channels, including Telemundo and NBC Universo, if you’re interested in the Premier League’s Spanish-language broadcasts.
You get 1,000 hours of cloud DVR and can watch 10 screens at home plus 2 more on the go.
Watch Premier League matches on live Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV comes with 75 channels and costs $69.99/month, or $75.99 for no ads in the on-demand library. You also get ESPN+ and Disney+ at no additional fee, making it a great choice for families.
It includes unlimited cloud DVR but only 2 simultaneous streams.
Watch Premier League matches live on DirecTV Stream
DirecTV Stream has 4 plans ranging in price from $70 to $150 per month. But the entry-level Entertainment plan for $69.99/month is all you need.
You get unlimited cloud DVR storage, 20 simultaneous screens at home plus 3 on the go, and an ad-free, on-demand library of 40,000 titles.
Watch Premier League matches live on YouTube TV
YouTube TV’s single-tier English-language Base Plan is $64.99/month. It includes Telemundo and NBC Universo, as well as CNBC, which means you won’t miss a single EPL match.
You get unlimited cloud DVR and can watch 3 screens at the same time.
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