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NBC Sports' Premier League TV schedule, and how the MLS Cup playoffs fit in

NBC Sports has unveiled its TV schedule for English Premier League games through December 1.

NBC Sports' Premier League TV schedule, and how the MLS Cup playoffs fit in

Arlo White (left) with NBC´s new Premier League studio host Rebecca Lowe (right). (Bebeto Matthews/AP)
Arlo White (left) with NBC's new Premier League studio host Rebecca Lowe (right). (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

This post reflects the first half of the 2013-14 Premier League season, and is no longer being updated. Click here for the current schedule for games from December through May.

Here is the most up-to-date version of NBC's combined English Premier League, MLS and U.S. national team broadcast schedules. You'll also find the latest information on which pay-TV providers have the the Extra Time TV channels and online streaming access.

Extra Time television channels

Comcast Xfinity (see note below)
DirecTV (491-495)
Cablevision Optimum (470-475)
Bright House Networks (varies by region; 1831-1835 in central Florida, including Clearwater)
AT&T U-verse (1691-1694 for high definition, 691-694 for standard definition)
Time Warner (check your cable box guide)
Cox (varies by region; check your cable box guide)
Suddenlink (check your cable box guide; service is provided in these states)
Mediacom (check your cable box guide; service is provided in these states)

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Comcast is providing game feeds through Xfinity On Demand, but they are not available in all of the provider's markets right now. You'll find the feeds via a dedicated Premier League section under Sports and Fitness. They won't show up until a few minutes before kickoff.

Also, you won't be able to truly watch games live unless you pick one and stick with it from the start. If you join a feed after kickoff, it will start you from zero. Comcast is working on technology to broadcast truly live content through On Demand. They've never done it before. It's supposed to be ready soon, and I'll let you know as soon as it's rolled out. There's more information here.

If you don't have Extra Time in your On Demand system, you aren't alone. Comcast expects all customers to have access to Extra Time by the end of the year. There's a caveat, though: some cable boxes don't provide access to On Demand in the first place. If you have that kind of box, you won't have access to Extra Time.

For more details of specific coverage plans in your market, click here to access NBC Sports' official Premier League Game Finder.

Online and on-demand streaming via NBCSports.com and NBC Sports Live Extra mobile and tablet apps

Comcast Xfinity
DirecTV
Dish Network
Verizon FiOS
Cablevision Optimum
Cox
AT&T U-verse
Suddenlink
Charter

If you can't watch a game live, all games will be be archived on NBC's website for on-demand viewing with pay-TV provider authentication. Your provider must give you access to Live Extra streaming in order to access games on demand.

It's easy to watch streams online if your provider gives you access. Go to NBC Sports' website or load up the Live Extra app and log in through your cable account, and everything will work.

Many smaller cable providers also carry the TV and/or online packages. NBC has specifically mentioned RCN, CenturyLink Prism, Blue Ridge Communications and Buckeye CableSystem.

Note that Verizon FiOS and Dish Network give you access to the online streams, but not the overflow TV channels as of now. This will impact Philadelphia-area soccer fans. Dish Network was originally on board to carry the TV channels, but bailed just a few days before the start of the season. Time Warner has provided the TV channels but not online streaming.


In addition to noting channel assignments for games, I have noted the game that will be called by NBC's commentary crew. Arlo White will do play-by-play, with Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux alternating gams as color analysts. All other games will be called by the Premier League's world feed announcers.

Games in Spanish on Telemundo and mun2 will be called by Andrés Cantor or Manuel Sol and Sammy Sadovnik.

All times below are Eastern. MLS and U.S. national team games are in italics.

Cick here for the full 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule. 

 

Saturday, August 17

7:45 a.m.: Liverpool vs. Stoke City (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Arsenal vs. Aston Villa (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Norwich City vs. Everton, Sunderland vs. Fulham, West Ham United vs. Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Swansea City vs. Manchester United (NBC/Arlo White and Lee Dixon, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
8:00 p.m.: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union (NBCSN/John Strong, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Sunday, August 18

8:30 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur (NBCSN)
11:00 a.m.: Chelsea vs. Hull City (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux)

Monday, August 19

3:00 p.m.: Manchester City vs. Newcastle United (NBCSN)

Wednesday, August 21

2:30 p.m.: Chelsea vs. Aston Villa (NBCSN)

Friday, August 23

8:30 p.m.: Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City (NBCSN/John Strong, Robbie Earie and Russ Thaler)

Saturday, August 24

7:45 a.m.: Fulham vs. Arsenal (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Southampton vs. Sunderland (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Newcastle United vs. West Ham United, Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion, Hull City vs. Norwich City, Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool (NBC/Arlo White and Lee Dixon)

Sunday, August 25

11:00 a.m.: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
11:00 a.m.: Cardiff City vs. Manchester City (Extra Time)

Monday, August 26

3:00 p.m.: Manchester United vs. Chelsea (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux)

Friday, August 30

10:00 p.m.: Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers (NBCSN/J.P. Dellcamera, Brian Dunseth and Sebastian Salazar)

Saturday, August 31

7:45 a.m.: Manchester City vs. Hull City (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Cardiff City vs. Everton (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Newcastle United vs. Fulham, West Ham United vs. Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City, Norwich City vs. Southampton (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland (NBC/Arlo White and Lee Dixon)
8:00 p.m.: New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (NBCSN/John Strong, Robbie Mustoe and Russ Thaler)

Sunday, September 1

8:30 a.m.: Liverpool vs Manchester United (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux, Telemundo/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
11:00 a.m.: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)

Saturday, September 7

No Premier League games due to FIFA international window

10:00 p.m.: Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire (NBCSN/John Strong, Robbie Earle and Russ Thaler)

Friday, September 13

10:00 p.m.: Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake (NBCSN/John Strong, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Saturday, September 14

7:45 a.m.: Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Sunderland vs. Arsenal (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Stoke City vs. Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur vs. Norwich City, Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United, Fulham vs. West Bromwich Albion, Hull City vs. Cardiff City (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Everton vs. Chelsea (NBC/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)

Sunday, September 15

11:00 a.m.: Southampton vs. West Ham United (NBCSN)

Monday, September 16

3:00 p.m.: Swansea City vs. Liverpool (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux)

Friday, September 20

10:00 p.m.: Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids (NBCSN/John Strong, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Saturday, September 21

7:45 a.m.: Norwich City vs. Aston Villa (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Liverpool vs. Southampton (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: West Ham United vs. Everton, West Bromwich Albion vs. Sunderland, Newcastle United vs. Hull City (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Chelsea vs. Fulham (NBCSN/Arlo White and Lee Dixon, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:30 p.m.: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders (NBCSN/John Strong, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Sunday, September 22

8:30 a.m.: Arsenal vs. Stoke City (CNBC, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
8:30 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City (Extra Time)
11:00 a.m.: Manchester City vs. Manchester United (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux, Telemundo/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
11:00 a.m.: Cardiff City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Extra Time)

Friday, September 27

8:00 p.m.: Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union (NBCSN/John Strong, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Saturday, September 28

7:45 a.m.: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Aston Villa vs. Manchester City (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion, Fulham vs. Cardiff City, Hull City vs. West Ham United, Southampton vs. Crystal Palace (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Swansea City vs. Arsenal (NBC/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux)

Sunday, September 29

8:30 a.m.: Stoke City vs. Norwich City (NBCSN)
11:00 a.m.: Sunderland vs. Liverpool (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux)
3:30 p.m.: Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (NBC/John Strong, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Monday, September 30

3:00 p.m.: Everton vs. Newcastle United (NBCSN)

Friday, October 4

8:00 p.m.: D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire (NBCSN/John Strong, Brian Dunseth and Russ Thaler)

Saturday, October 5

7:45 a.m.: Manchester City vs. Everton (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Cardiff City vs. Newcastle United, Fulham vs. Stoke City, Hull City vs. Aston Villa (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Sunderland vs. Manchester United (NBCSN/Arlo White and Lee Dixon, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 p.m.: Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders (NBCSN/John Strong, Brian Dunseth and Russ Thaler)

Sunday, October 6

8:30 a.m.: Norwich City vs. Chelsea (NBCSN)
8:30 a.m.: Southampton vs. Swansea (Extra Time)
11:00 a.m.: West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux)
11:00 a.m.: Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United (Extra Time)

Friday, October 18

8:00 p.m.: Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United (NBCSN/Steve Cangialosi, Brian Dunseth and Sebastian Salazar)

Saturday, October 19

7:45 a.m.: Newcastle United vs. Liverpool (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Manchester United vs. Southampton (NBCSN, mun2/Manuel Sol and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Arsenal vs. Norwich City, Chelsea vs. Cardiff City, Everton vs. Hull City, Swansea City vs. Sunderland, Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: West Ham United vs. Manchester City (NBC/Arlo White and Lee Dixon)
2:30 p.m.: FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders (NBC/John Strong, Robbie Earle and Russ Thaler)

Sunday, October 20

11:00 a.m.: Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux, mun2/Manuel Sol and Sammy Sadovnik)
1:30 p.m.: United States Women vs. Australia at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas (NBC/John Strong, Kate Markgraf and Russ Thaler)

Monday, October 21

3:00 p.m.: Crystal Palace vs. Fulham (NBCSN)

Saturday, October 26

7:45 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Manchester United vs. Stoke City (NBCSN and mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa vs. Everton, Norwich City vs. Cardiff City (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Southampton vs. Fulham (NBCSN/Arlo White and Lee Dixon)
3:00 p.m.: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (NBCSN/John Strong, Robbie Mustoe and Russ Thaler)
5:30 p.m.: San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas (NBCSN/J.P. Dellacamera, Brian Dunseth and Sebastian Salazar)

Counting all of the games and all of the shoulder programming (which runs to 9:00 p.m.), that's 14 straight hours of soccer on NBCSN.

Sunday, October 27

Note that EPL games kick off an hour later on this weekend because the United Kingdom changes to Standard Time earlier in the year than the United States does.

9:30 a.m: Sunderland vs. Newcastle United (mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
12:00 p.m.: Chelsea vs. Manchester City (NBCSN/Arlo White and Tim Howard, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
12:00 p.m.: Swansea City vs. West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City (Extra Time)
1:30 p.m.: D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo (NBC/John Strong, Robbie Mustoe and Russ Thaler)

You read that right: U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard will work as Arlo White's color analyst on NBCSN's Chelsea-Man City broadcast. And yes, he will do so a day after playing for his club team, Everton. The assignment was first reported by Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch. It will make for compelling television, and pehaps a useful distraction if Union fans are sweating out a flicker of hope for the playoffs.

For the Union and the rest of MLS, this was the last day of the regular season. The playoffs began a few days later.

Wednesday, October 30

MLS Cup Playoffs: Wild Card round

10:30 p.m.: W4. Seattle Sounders vs. W5. Colorado Rapids (NBCSN simulcast of KONG Seattle/Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller)

Thursday, October 31

MLS Cup Playoffs: Wild Card round

8:30 p.m.: E4. Houston Dynamo vs. E5. Montréal Impact (NBCSN simulcast of Comcast SportsNet Houston/Glenn Davis and Eddie Robinson)

Saturday, November 2

MLS Cup Playoffs: Conference Semifinals first leg

Another day where games in the U.K. kick off an hour later than usual. 

8:45 a.m.: Newcastle United vs. Chelsea (NBCSN)
11:00 a.m.: Fulham vs. Manchester United (NBCSN/mun2, Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
11:00 a.m.: Manchester City vs. Norwich, Hull City vs. Sunderland, West Ham United vs. Aston Villa, Stoke City vs. Southampton, West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace (Extra Time)
1:30 p.m.: Arsenal vs. Liverpool (NBC/Steve Bower and Lee Dixon, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
8:00 p.m.: E3. New England Revolution vs. E2. Sporting Kansas City (NBCSN simulcast of Comcast SportsNet New England/Brad Feldman, Jeff Causey and Mike Keegan)
10:00 p.m.: W4. Seattle Sounders vs. W1 Portland Timbers (NBCSN/John Strong, Brian Dunseth and Sebastian Salazar)

Sunday, November 3

MLS Cup Playoffs: Conference Semifinals first leg

It's back to regular kickoff times as we set our clocks back in the early hours of the morning.

8:30 a.m.: Everton vs. Tottenham (CNBC)
11:00 a.m.: Cardiff City vs. Swansea City (NBCSN/Steve Bower and Graeme Le Saux)
3:30 p.m.: E4. Houston Dynamo vs. E1. New York Red Bulls (NBC/Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Thursday, November 7

MLS Cup Playoffs: Conference Semifinals second leg

11:00 p.m.: W1. Portland Timbers vs. W4. Seattle Sounders (Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Saturday, November 9

MLS Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals first leg

10:00 a.m.: Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Liverpool vs. Fulham, Crystal Palace vs. Everton, Aston Villa vs. Cardiff City, Southampton vs. Hull City (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Norwich City vs. West Ham United (NBC/Steve Bower and Lee Dixon)
2:30 p.m.: E3. Houston Dynamo vs. E2. Sporting Kansas City (NBC/Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler)

Sunday, November 10

7:00 a.m.: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United (NBCSN)
9:05 a.m.: Sunderland vs. Manchester City (NBCSN)
11:10 a.m.: Manchester United vs. Arsenal (NBCSN/Steve Bower and Graeme Le Saux, Telemundo/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
11:10 a.m.: Swansea City vs. Stoke City (Extra Time)
3:30 p.m.: U.S. women vs. Brazil at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (NBC/John Strong, Kate Markgraf and host TBA)

Saturday, November 16

No MLS or EPL games due to FIFA international window from November 13 through November 20

The playoff games for the final World Cup qualifying spots will take place during this FIFA window. Games in Europe and Africa will be played on November 15 and 19, while the inter-continental playoffs - Mexico vs. New Zealand and Uruguay vs. Jordan - will be played on November 13 in Mexico City (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/Univision or UniMás) and November 20 in Wellington (1:00 a.m. ET, ESPN/Univision or UniMás).

The United States will play at Scotland on the 15th (3:00 p.m., ESPN2/UniMás) and at Austria on the 19th (2:45 p.m., NBC Sports Network). The latter game will be NBCSN's first broadcast of a U.S. national team game on foreign soil.

Last year, the FIFA window landed between the conference finals and championship game, giving MLS a two-week window between those rounds. This time, it lands in the middle of a round, which is quite inconvenient.

The league considered playing games during the FIFA window so that it wouldn't have to have teams play up to four games in a week and a half. Those conversations began before CONCACAF World Cup qualifying ended, and continued right up until the eve of the playoffs. In the end, MLS decided to stay with the schedule it originally set out.

Tuesday, November 19

2:30 p.m.: Austria vs. United States (NBCSN/Arlo White and Kyle Martino in Vienna, Russ Thaler and Robbie Earle in studio)

Saturday, November 23

MLS Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals second leg

7:45 a.m.: Everton vs. Liverpool (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
10:00 a.m.: Arsenal vs. Southampton (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Fulham vs. Swansea City, Stoke City vs. Sunderland, Newcastle United vs. Norwich City, Hull City vs. Crystal Palace (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: West Ham United vs. Chelsea (NBC/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
7:30 p.m.: E2. Sporting Kansas City vs. E4. Houston Dynamo (NBCSN/announcers TBA)

Sunday, November 24

8:30 a.m.: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (NBCSN/Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux)
11:00 a.m.: Cardiff City vs. Manchester United (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)

Monday, November 25

3:00 p.m.: West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa (NBCSN)

Saturday, November 30

10:00 a.m.: Cardiff City vs. Arsenal (NBCSN)
10:00 a.m.: Everton vs. Stoke City, Aston Villa vs. Sunderland, West Ham United vs. Fulham, Norwich City vs. Crystal Palace (Extra Time)
12:30 p.m.: Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion (NBC/Arlo White and Lee Dixon)

Sunday, December 1

7:00 a.m.: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United (NBCSN/Arlo White and Tim Howard*, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
9:05 a.m.: Hull City vs. Liverpool (NBCSN)
11:10 a.m.: Chelsea vs. Southampton (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
11:00 a.m.: Manchester City vs. Swansea City (Extra Time)

* - Howard did so well in his color commentary debut that NBC invited him back.

Tuesday, December 3

3:00 p.m.: Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United (NBCSN)

Wednesday, December 4

2:45 p.m.: Manchester United vs. Everton (NBCSN, mun2/Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik)
2:45 p.m.: Arsenal vs. Hull City, Stoke City vs. Cardiff City, Sunderland vs. Chelsea, Liverpool vs. Norwich City, Swansea City vs. Newcastle United, Southampton vs. Aston Villa, Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City (Extra Time)

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