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The Premier League is the most popular soccer competition in the world. With world-famous teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool in action each week, England’s top division attracts viewers in the vast majority of countries on the planet.
The Premier League also has broadcast deals with partners in virtually every region on earth. Curiously, the United Kingdom shows fewer live games than most other countries due to a blackout law that prevents soccer from being televised between 2.45 pm and 5.15 pm, in a bid to protect attendances lower down the pyramid. A soccer fan in the United States can watch more live Premier League action than his or her counterparts in the UK.
Premier League streams on Reddit is a term that refers to links to live streams of Premier League matches that are posted on reddit.com, a discussion website that is the 18th-most visited in the world.
You might think that this is a brilliant way to watch the Premier League, particularly if you are a Reddit user. Unfortunately, though, these live streams are illegal. And the Premier League is clamping down on the practice. In fact, Reddit’s main soccer streams page was shut down due to copyright infringement two years ago.
Yes, there are. Not only is this activity illegal, but it can also put you at risk.
Hackers and scammers are known to take advantage of those seeking Premier League streams. In the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre warned potential streamers last year that hackers have gained access to streaming platforms in the past. Phishing attacks, ransomware, and identity theft are other concerns.
Aside from that, Premier League streams on Reddit can be a frustrating experience. Streams regularly freeze and cut out, while buffering means they are often a few minutes behind the action. If you tend to follow the Premier League while also scrolling Twitter or Facebook, you will probably hear about goals before you see them on the stream.
Thankfully, it has never been easier to watch the Premier League in the USA. NBC Sports is the league’s main broadcast partner and has the rights until the end of the 2021/22 season. A subscription with NBC gives you access to every single Premier League match, a privilege that even fans in England cannot enjoy. Spanish speakers should check out Universo and Telemundo, which offer similar services.
NBC launched Peacock Premium this season. If you are not planning to watch every game and prefer streaming to a cable subscription, this could be for you. You get access to 175 Premier League games for a very reasonable price of just $5 per month.
You should also make a note of fuboTV, which offers access to NBC’s Premier League broadcasts via its platform. You can expect around six out of 10 games to be shown here.
For soccer fans in the USA, all of the above are safer, better quality and more legal than Premier League streams on Reddit.
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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