Streaming services are now taking on regional cable sports networks and broadcast stations.
In a streaming first, YouTube TV – the cable-like subscription TV package – has reached a multi-year deal for exclusive English-language local telecasts of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), which starts its first Major League Soccer season on Sunday, March 4.
Los Angeles area viewers, however, won’t need YouTube TV to watch the club’s first three games, because they will run nationally over ESPN, Univision (in Spanish), Fox and ESPN again. YouTube TV’s first exclusive telecast will be Friday, April 13 at 7:30 pm PT, when LAFC takes on the Vancouver Whitecaps. That game and 17 others will be shown on a dedicated LAFC channel, and will include half-hour pre- and post-game shows.
Twelve of the team’s matches will be televised nationally by ESPN, ESPN2, Fox or FS1 — four channels which are included in the YouTube TV subscription. But four matches will only be televised (in Spanish) over Univision, which is not available on the service.
For Spanish-language viewers, LAFC also said it is near a deal for local over-the-air broadcasts.
For a complete schedule of LAFC matches and television outlets, visit lafc.com/schedule.
Los Angeles area viewers can get YouTube TV — which offers some 50 channels — for $35 a month, following a seven-day free trial. To subscribe or for more info, visit tv.youtube.com.
YouTube TV also said it would be available starting today on Roku — joining such other devices as the web, Android, iOS, Chromecast, Xbox One, Apple AirPlay, and Samsung and LG smart TVs.
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