Update Jan 13, 2021: Premier League replays for all matches have now returned. More details.
Original article: Peacock Premier League Replays no longer include matches that were originally broadcast on either NBC or NBCSN. This marks a major change from what was originally on offer to those who signed up to the Premium Peacock plan.
For English Premier League fans, one of the big selling points with Peacock was the included soccer coverage. From the very beginning, Premier League access was touted as a major feature, with no less than 175 games due to be exclusively shown on the streaming service. Peacock also offered subscribers the option to watch the remaining matches in full, provided they waited until later in the evening.
Peacock is currently confirming on social media that it has made a change to the way replays work going forward. Specifically, Peacock has been responding to comments and explaining the service will no longer provide access to replays for matches that air on NBC or NBCSN. Instead, Peacock only now offers the option to watch replays for games exclusively shown on the streaming service.
A major change to soccer on Peacock
Following an initial beta launch for Comcast customers, Peacock officially started streaming nationwide on July 15. Even before this date, Comcast and NBCUniversal issued a press release specifically confirming how Premier League coverage would work.
“In total, Peacock Premium will present more than 1,500 hours of Premier League live match and shoulder programming – the most robust offering ever available in the U.S. Included are full-event replays for all 380 matches on-demand (after 9 p.m. ET).”NBCUniversal
Considering 380 games are shown during the season, the ability to only now watch 175 matches, represents a significant reduction in the number of replays subscribers have access to. In addition, this also means that anyone who had previously signed up with the understanding they will be able to watch all of the games without a live TV subscription, albeit with some on a delay, will now have to reconsider their options.
The social media messages issued by Peacock do not explicitly explain why it has made this change, although the website has been updated to read “Watch more than 175 exclusive matches live plus on-demand replays of select matches.” Furthermore, the change already appears to have taken effect, considering matches from yesterday, including the Manchester derby between United and City, are notably missing from the Premier League Replays section of the Peacock app.
Source: Peacock Support (Twitter)