If you’re a US soccer fan, there are several streaming services vying for your attention (and money), most recently Peacock. NBCUniversal’s online streaming service will benefit from a deal signed between Telemundo, a Spanish subsidiary of NBC, and US Soccer. Going forward, almost every single game played by either the men’s or women’s soccer teams will be available to stream live on Peacock.
There is a small catch for Anglophones and that is that the games are streamed in Spanish. Sure, the actual game itself isn’t affected, but you’ll find the commentary and on-screen complications all in Spanish instead of English.
The move comes after HBO Max offered its first live stream sporting event on Jan. 17, a USWNT soccer friendly. HBO Max will stream English language broadcasts of select games (others will be broadcast exclusively on TNT, also owned by Warner Media Discovery).
However, for hardcore football fans, Peacock is the best streaming service to watch live football. Not only does Peacock have all the games, it also has the price advantage. HBO Max starts at $9.99 for its ad-enabled plan, while Peacock is only $4.99 for its equivalent.
HBO Max will not lose any games as a result of this new deal as the upcoming friendlies between the women’s team and New Zealand and the men’s team and Serbia will continue to be streamed on Warner Bros. Discovery’s proprietary platform. However, the next game on the US soccer calendar was the men’s team against Colombia, which is not played on HBO Max but is played on Peacock.
Not every single soccer match is played on Peacock due to the lack of CONCACAF games – any other year it would mean the World Cup qualifiers wouldn’t be broadcast, but as the US automatically qualifies for the 2026 tournament (since they are one of them ). host), that’s not such a big loss.
The US soccer organization only announces streaming options for its games about three weeks in advance, and you can see all of the confirmed games on the schedule here (opens in new tab). Right now, Peacock is available for every game, but HBO Max isn’t.
Peacock’s relationship with Telemundo is great news for football fans as the streaming service offered full World Cup 2022 matches on its platform. Also, Peacock has exclusive streaming rights to many British Premier League matches independently from Telemundo, so it really is a great app for football fans.