Friday, August 18, 2017

2017-18 Sky BET Championship Matchday 3 US Streaming Schedule

Friday, August 18
2:45 PM- Burton Albion FC vs. Birmingham City FC
ESPN3: Dave Farrar

Saturday, August 19
7:15 AM- Sheffield United FC vs. Barnsley FC
ESPN3: Paul Walker

12:30 PM- Sunderland AFC vs. Leeds United FC
ESPN3: Nigel Adderley

2017-18 Premier League Matchday 2 TV & Streaming Schedule

August 19, 2017
7:30 AM- Swansea City vs. Manchester United
NBCSN: Peter Drury, Kevin Kilbane
UNI: Sammy Sadovnik, Manuel Sol
talkSPORT: David Winter, Dean Kiely

10 AM- Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace
NBCSN: Jim Proudfoot, Matt Holland
UNICopán Álvarez, Frederik Oldenburg
talkSPORT: Adam Bridge, Paul Mortimer 

10 AM- Leicester City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
NBCS Gold: Tony Jones, Don Goodman
talkSPORT: Andrew Self

10 AM- Bournemouth vs. Watford
NBCS Gold: Jonathan Beck, Efan Ekoku
talkSPORT: Nile McCorn?

10 AM- Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion
NBCS Gold: Bill Leslie, Davie Provan
talkSPORT: Bernie Chizik? Vernon Chizzie? Bernie Chizzie?

10 AM- Southampton vs. West Ham United
NBCS Gold: Gary Taphouse, Tony Gale
talkSPORT: Ian St. Peters

12:30 PM- Stoke City vs. Arsenal
NBC: Arlo White, Lee Dixon
World Feed: Jon Champion, Jim Beglin
UNICopán Álvarez, Manuel Sol
talkSPORTRuss Hargreaves, Rhys Weston

August 20, 2017
8:30 AM- Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United
NBCSN: Jon Champion, Andy Townsend
talkSPORT: Alex Crook, Adrian Clarke

11 AM- Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea 
NBCSNArlo White, Graeme Le Saux
World Feed: Peter Drury, Jim Beglin
talkSPORTPhil Blacker, Kevin Watson

August 21, 2017
3 PM- Manchester City vs. Everton
NBCSN: Martin Tyler, Danny Higginbotham

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bundesliga radio comes exclusively to Amazon Music worldwide, but there's a catch in the US

Last year the Bundesliga entered into a new agreement that will make Amazon Radio the exclusive worldwide English radio provider for the Bundesliga. Fans were told that the matches would be available on Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music. Not only did it grant them the talkSPORT Bundesliga package of up to 5 games each matchday, but it also gave them the rights to broadcast the German Supercup and the DfB Pokal. What no one was told until today though is there is a catch. 

After learning that Amazon would carry the Bundesliga I began to earnestly search Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited. There was no Bundesliga channel listed in the US. I was able to find the channel listed on Amazon Music in the UK, Germany, and Netherlands, but I wasn't able to find it in the US. 

After failing to find it with the search feature I contacted some of the more well known Bundesliga radio commentators. None of them knew exactly how you could find the channel in the US. They knew Amazon was carrying it, but they didn't know how to find it. 

Finally I contacted Amazon Customer Service. What I learned will be very upsetting to those who have come to love the talkSPORT Bundesliga broadcasts. The following quote contains the answer I received. 

"Bundesliga Live with Amazon Music offers live, English language streaming of Bundesliga 1 matches and conferences on the Echo devices, Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick in the United States. Live streaming of Bundesliga 1 matches requires Alexa voice controls."

Frankly this is quite upsetting to me. I have been a Prime member now going on 5 years. Only once have I ever had a problem with getting an item I ordered, and they were quick to resolve the problem. In this case though there is no way they can solve the problem. The only way you can listen to the matches is if you have an Alexa device. 

The Alexa voice control devices work well when you're in an at-home setting. They don't necessarily work when you're at work though. Where I work at I'm allowed to listen to music and sports while working on my cell phone. My cell phone is not an Alexa supported device though. 

So what can you do to listen to Bundesliga radio for the 2017-18 season if you live in the states and don't have an Alexa voice controlled Amazon device? There are a few methods possible. 

1) If you are a SiriusXM subscriber, then you are in luck. For the second consecutive season SiriusXM FC and Fox SiriusXM will carry select Bundesliga matches. The matches on SiriusXM will be a simulcast of the Fox Sports tv call, so they don't violate the Amazon Music Bundesliga radio package. 

2) Fox Sports Go will carry all Bundesliga tv matches. In the last two months Fox Sports Go has also added Fox Soccer Plus, so you can catch the actual tv simulcast for matches on Fox, FS1, FS2, and FSP on Fox Sports Go. 

3) Fox Soccer Match Pass will carry the world feed of every match. Furthermore Fox Soccer Match Pass will continue to archive every match. 

Now methods 2 and 3 aren't the best if you are at work and can't watch tv, but at least there will be an archive available. In the long run Amazon is going to disappoint a lot of US Bundesliga fans with this silly Alexa controlled requirement. 

2017-18 La Liga Matchday 1 TV & Streaming Schedule

Friday, August 18
2:15 PM- CD Leganés vs. Deportivo Alavés
beIN ñ: Jordi Pons
beIN ñ- SAP: Duncan Bishop

4:15 PM- Valencia CF vs. UD Las Palmas
beIN ñJosé Bauz, Juan F. Mora
beIN- JIP @ 4:45 PM: Lucas Brown

Saturday, August 19
12:15 PM- Celta de Vigo vs. Real Sociedade
beIN ñJosé Hernández, Fernando Cevallos
beIN ñ- SAP: Paul Giblin

2:15 PM- Girona FC vs. Atlético Madrid
beIN ñ: Nacho García, Eduardo Biscayart
beIN ñ- SAP: Phil Schoen, Ray Hudson
World Feed: Lucas Brown

4:15 PM- Sevilla FC vs. RCD Espanyol
beIN: Simon Hanley 
beIN ñJorge Ottati, Pablo Mariñv

Sunday, August 20
12:15 PM- Athletic Bilbao vs. Getafe CF
beIN3: Paul Giblin

2:15 PM- FC Barcelona vs. Real Betis
beIN: TBA, Ray Hudson
beIN ñ:
World Feed:

4:15 PM- Deportivo de la Coruña vs. Real Madrid CF
beIN: TBA, Ray Hudson
beIN ñ:
World Feed:

Monday, August 21
2:15 PM- Levante UD vs. Villarreal CF 
beIN ñ:

4 PM- Málaga CF vs. SD Eibar
beIN ñ:

2017-18 Italian Serie A Matchday 1 TV & Streaming Schedule

Saturday, August 19
Noon- Juventus FC vs. Cagliari Calcio
beIN: Andres Cordero, Matteo Bonetti
beIN- SAPJosé Bauz, Juan Fernando Mora
World Feed: Patrick Tarroni, Richard Whittle

2:45 PM- Hellas Verona FC vs. SSC Napoli
beIN: Andres Cordero, Tancredi Palmeri
World Feed: Marco Palmieri, Paul Visca

Sunday, August 20
Noon- Atalanta BC vs. AS Roma
beIN: Andres Cordero, Matteo Bonetti
World Feed: Richard Whittle

2:45 PM- FC Internazionale Milano vs. ACF Fiorentina

2:45 PM- US Sassuolo Calcio vs. Genoa CFC

2:45 PM- Udinese Calcio vs. AC ChievoVerona

2:45 PM- FC Crotone vs. AC Milan 
beIN6: Andres Cordero, Matteo Bonetti

2017-18 Ligue 1 Matchday 3 US TV Schedule

Friday, August 18
2:45 PM- FC Metz vs. AS Monaco
beIN: Andres Cordero, Matteo Bonetti
World Feed: Robbie Thomson 

Saturday, August 19
11 AM- Olympique Lyonnais vs. FC Girondins de Bordeaux
beIN3: Andy Scott

2 PM- OGC Nice vs. En Avant de Guingamp
beIN3: Armel Tanguy

Sunday, August 20
9 AM- Lille OSC vs. Stade Malherbe Caen
beIN3: David Crossan

11 AM- Olympique de Marseille vs. Angers SCO
beIN6: Robbie Thomson 

3 PM- Paris Saint-Germain FC vs. Toulouse FC
beIN7: Matt Spiro

2017-18 Bundesliga Matchday 1 TV & Streaming Schedule

Friday, August 18
2:30 PM- FC Bayern Munich vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen
World Feed/FS Match Pass: Dan O'Hagan, Paul Lambert
FS1, SiriusXM FC: Ross Dyer, Stu Holden

Saturday, August 19
9:30 AM- Multimatch 90
FS2: Ross Dyer

9:30 AM- VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
World Feed/FS Match Pass: Rob Turner, Stefan Schnoor
FS1, FS SiriusXMKeith Costigan, Ian Joy

9:30 AM- Hamburger SV vs. FC Augsburg
World Feed/FSP: Rob Daly

9:30 AM- Hertha BSC Berlin vs. VfB Stuttgart
World Feed/FS Match Pass: Phil Bonney

9:30 AM- 1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. Hannover 96
World Feed/FS Match Pass: Garry Preston

9:30 AM- TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. SV Werder Bremen 
World Feed/FS Match Pass: Kevin Hatchard

12:30 PM- FC Schalke 04 vs. RB Leipzig
World Feed/FS1Derek Rae, Moritz Volz 

Sunday, August 20
9:30 AM- SC Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
World Feed/FS Match PassDerek Rae, Moritz Volz
FS1FS SiriusXM: Ross Dyer, Stu Holden 

12 PM- Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. 1. FC Köln
World Feed/FS Match Pass: Phil Bonney, Kevin McKenna
FS1FS SiriusXMKeith Costigan, Ian Joy