NWSL makes it official, will stream matches on go90 app

The Equalizer Staff April 13, 2017 88
Verizon's go90 app is the new home for NWSL live streams

Verizon’s go90 app is the new home for NWSL live streams

NWSL has announced details for matches to be streamed this season via the Verizon go90 app. All 98 games not otherwise being broadcast live on Lifetime will be streamed live and on demand.  International viewers will be able to watch all matches via nwslsoccer.con or the NWSL iOS app.

News of the partnership with go90 was first uncovered Tuesday night by The Equalizer’s Allison Lee. The Equalizer has also learned that Mike Watts and Matt Pedersen will be among the play-by-play voices for the streams, all of which will be produced in high definition by Vista Worldlink. All games will include halftime shows plus pre- and post-game content.

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with go90, and are now positioned to deliver more content than ever before,” NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy said. “With go90’s digital capabilities combined with an enhanced digital broadcast production, we are excited to provide our fans with an entirely new digital experience and eager to introduce NWSL to go90’s rapidly growing soccer audience.”

The go90 app is available for free via go90.com or via Google Play.  Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required.

The first match on the go90 app will be Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT when the Houston Dash host the Chicago Red Stars. Three other matches this weekend will stream via go90. The inaugural Lifetime Game of the Week features the Portland Thorns hosting the Orlando Pride on Saturday at 3 p.m. EDT.

U.S. and Territories Outside U.S.
NWSL Game of the Week Lifetime NWSLsoccer.com
mylifetime.com NWSL app (iOS)
Lifetime iOS and Android App
 

 

 

 

 

 

All other games

go90 NWSLsoccer.com
(98 Games) NWSL app (iOS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and go90 today announced a multiyear content agreement making go90 the exclusive streaming partner of the NWSL in the United States for all games except the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime.

A fully ad-supported, mobile streaming service, go90 will feature 98 NWSL games accessible via live and on-demand streaming for the 2017 season. To access, visit go90.com or simply download the go90 app via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Check out the full schedule here: http://nwsl.us/2orAtSh

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with go90, and are now positioned to deliver more content than ever before,” NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy said. “With go90’s digital capabilities combined with an enhanced digital broadcast production, we are excited to provide our fans with an entirely new digital experience and eager to introduce NWSL to go90’s rapidly growing soccer audience.”

go90 currently streams more than 1,000 live soccer matches from all over the world each year and is committed to removing barriers to entry for U.S. soccer fans through fully ad-supported live and on-demand experiences. This agreement strengthens and continues to position go90’s live sports offering as one of the largest available on mobile.

“We are pleased to team up with NWSL and bring 98 live women’s soccer matches to fans in the U.S. on go90 and across our owned and operated AOL and, soon enough, Yahoo properties.  This complements our existing commitment to soccer on go90,” said Chip Canter, GM of Verizon Digital Entertainment. “The women of the NWSL are inspiring the next generation of young soccer stars, both young men and women, and we believe that this partnership will serve as a much-needed catalyst for the growth of the sport as a whole here in the U.S.”

Every game on go90 will be produced by Vista WorldLink in high definition with a consistent, state-of-the-art approach, and feature a halftime show as well as brief pre and postgame shows. In addition to the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime, Michael Cohen, a veteran broadcaster of nine Olympic Games and three FIFA World Cups, will serve as the league’s executive producer for all digital broadcasts on go90.

The go90 schedule kicks off with four games on opening weekend April 15-16, featuring an exciting rematch of the 2016 NWSL Championship Game with the Washington Spirit hosting the North Carolina Courage at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

International fans around the world will be able to watch all 98 games live and on-demand on NWSLSoccer.com and via the NWSL iOS app. As a result, NWSL fans in the United States and around the world will be able to watch every game in multiple, free platforms:

U.S. and Territories Outside U.S.
NWSL Game of the Week Lifetime NWSLsoccer.com
mylifetime.com NWSL app (iOS)
Lifetime iOS and Android App
All other games go90 NWSLsoccer.com
(98 Games) NWSL app (iOS)

 

 

  • Som Termanni

    Anyone know how much money the league got from this deal? I’m assuming nobody at EQZ is going to investigate that, seeing as how we still don’t even know how much money the league got from A+E.

    • Som Termanni

      go90 is ad supported, does anyone with experience with go90 know how ads on games work there? Ads during timeouts? Ads at halftime? Banners on screen?

      • wolf

        The cynic in me says it will be a popup just as a player is taking a shot on goal and will be impossible to close for at least 30 seconds.

        • Movement

          HEY LOOK, the goalkeeper is going to pull a Michelle Betos and score a goal at the other end of the field to tie the game …. Oh snap, what’s this huge Outback Steakhouse logo doing on the entire frame of goal. Did she score? (I hear a roar). Oh, it looks like she scored. But all I saw was unlimited appetizer Friday nights for $10.99, and double up dessert combos for $8.99.

          I’m trying to rewind on this studio 90 app or whatever it is, and the entire app just crashed. I think she scored the goal? I saw someone celebrating in between the Outback and the Steakhouse words of the big logo on screen, and even could peep through the cheesecake dessert image next to the word Outback and see a possible fan jumping up and down (or is that part of the advertisement for craving mozzarella sticks?)

          • wolf

            Good one

    • Som Termanni

      We know WorldLink is doing the games, do we know the people calling games there? Will it be the same crews that call USL matches for WorldLink?

      • guest

        “Mike Watts and Matt Perdersen will be among the play-by-play voices for the streams, ”
        Pedersen called the Dash games last year.

        • Som Termanni

          “among the play-by-play voices”—anyone else?

          • mockmook

            Aren’t there times when several games are going on simultaneously?

          • Som Termanni

            Yeah. The way it works for USL (who streams on, lol, YouTube) is that they have pairs of people watching the games from the Florida studio calling the action, sometimes with input from someone on site, sometimes not. For instance, here’s how they carved up March 25-26: http://eyeonskyandairsports.blogspot.com.br/2017/03/2017-usl-week-1-streaming-schedule.html — note how Albert Munoz and Mike Watts call multiple matches from across the country in a single day from the studio. My question is if the crews come from USL (in which case I wouldn’t expect much crossover) or WorldLink (in which case watching some USL matches will give you a good idea of what the calls will sound like).

          • wolf

            Since they are calling the games from a central studio who is operating the camera or cameras?

          • mockmook

            Heh — what do you take us for? We don’t divulge this info on our robots TO SPIES!!!

            😉

          • wolf

            The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

          • mockmook

            http://www.nwslsoccer.com/news/article/broadcast-teams-announced-for-week-1s-go90-live-stream-games

            Broadcast Schedule – Talent:

            Saturday

            Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars – 2 p.m. ET go90 app

            Play-by-Play: Matt Pedersen

            Analyst: Taylor Burke

            Washington Spirit vs. North Carolina Courage – 3 p.m. ET go90 app

            Play-by-Play: Mike Watts

            Analyst: Morgan Church

            Seattle Reign vs. Sky Blue FC – 10 p.m. ET on go90 app

            Play-by-Play: Matt Pedersen

            Analyst: Morgan Church

            Sunday

            FC Kansas City vs. Boston Breakers – 6 p.m. ET go90 app

            Play-by-Play: Matt Pedersen

            Analyst: Morgan Conklin

    • Breakers fan

      Question from a Luddite: I’ll be able to watch the games on an old-school desktop computer, correct? I (intentionally) don’t own a smart phone, a “device”, and my concern is that one may need a “device” to download this thing, I guess it’s an app. Do you know if I’ll have any issues being deviceless and just having a desktop with a tower? Thanks for any help you can provide!

      • guest

        You’re in luck! I think the graphic above says you can watch the free stream of the Game of the Week at mylifetime.com, and all other games at go90.com. That’s what it says, even though mylifetime.com just demanded to know my cable provider when I clicked on “Watch live”. I guess we’ll know Saturday.

        • mockmook

          The above graphic says just go90 (without the dot com), so I think it is only thru the app.

          I guess the logic to this (unless I’m totally misunderstanding it) is that it forces you to stream thru your phone/pad and use a casting device. Therefore, they perhaps get some money from data charges and any money spent for the casting devices.

          It seems very Rube Goldberg — why not just give everyone the streams with the adverts?

          And, again if I’m right, the “all games for free” is very misleading.

          • Ron Rocha

            So Windows users are SOL…??? Can’t be!

          • mockmook

            Seems so, unless you move to Canada.

          • mockmook

            So, if I’m understanding what their dishing:

            People overseas will have easier access to the games than people in the country that supports the league.

            Mind-boggling.

          • Steglitz49

            It is a tridentine league. Hard to believe. More like the BACU-league.

          • Som Termanni
          • mockmook

            Thanks — just f-ing unbelievable that they don’t have this nailed down, nor do they let us know what they are trying to nail down.

            I must remember that the NWSL office is like 2 people and a cat, I must remember that the NWSL office is like 2 people and a cat, I must remember that the NWSL office is like 2 people and a cat, I must remember that the NWSL office is like 2 people and a cat…

          • Som Termanni

            Oh, except it isn’t anymore. NWSL Media is staffed up with at least a half-dozen people by now, including two executive producers each with a couple decades of sports experience, Evan Goldberg with digital-specific experience, between them. It’s just clear that despite all the talks about this deal being years in the making, they didn’t bother starting work on it until the ink was dry.

          • WoSoFan

            Did they get rid of the cat?

          • wolf

            No, the cat is still in charge.

          • mockmook

            The cynic in me will note that you can watch on a laptop via the app/casting — not all laptops are “bare” Windows.

          • guest

            FWIW I just streamed a video at go90.com, so streaming a game on your computer is still within the realm of possibility. But you’re right about the “free” part. They say “free” a lot (US Soccer does it all the time) when they mean “free with a cable subscription.”

      • Ron Rocha

        So far I went to go90.com and signed up and accessed a NWSL page but unable to get any data beyond that. Tried to get the app via App store and was redirected to iTunes with download for Iphone and Ipad only. IDUNNO???

    • another guest

      “Anyone know how much money the league got from this deal?”
      and/or
      Does anyone know how much NWSL is having to pay for streaming on go90?

      count me among the fans who was happy with NWSL games on YouTube
      YouTube provided access from multiple platforms (computer, laptop, iPads, smart phones and with smart/internet connected TV’s ) and made NWSL viewing games on TV fairly easy

      will reserve judgement until after have chance to see actual go90 streams
      but for now still concern that viewing (other than weekly match on Lifetime)
      NWSL matches on TV will not be a simple as it was with YouTube

    • Steglitz49

      To put any deal into perspective, it is rumoured that Galaxy have upped the ante to $20m per year for Zlatan. Thus, a year of Zlatan would pay for 8 years of the NWSL if not more.

  • guest

    Editor: I think you mean Matt Pederson, who did the Dash webcasts.

    • guest

      Er, Matt Pedersen with an “e”.

  • Steglitz49

    There are at this moment of typing more comments on this article than there are together on the ones on Orlando and Sky Blue. Fascinating.

  • kernel_thai

    What this means for me is I will be watching less NWSL. If that was their goal it work so congrats. I will watch the Dash games if I am home with a VPN I’ll also record the Lifetimes games regardless and watch the ones that interest me. This will be way below my previous habit of trying to catch 3 or 4 matches every weekend.

    As to the bungling…wow. It’s enough that they moved from a familiar venue to a new service. That this additionally is a phone only app is even more inconvenient for most people. That some people will be looking to buy Chromecast or Apple TV to male it easier the day before the first matches which also falls on the somewhat busy Easter/ Income tax weekend positively stupefying. Yep, just what I needed this weekend.

    • mockmook

      How did they not have a Q&A for this announcement?

      Like RR below, I’m going to disbelieve they are forcing us into Apple devices until I actually can’t view a game.

      • kernel_thai

        Let’s say u throw down the money for Apple TV. Im not really sure u can also use it to get the Lifetime match unless u still have a cable contract as well. It’s not all apple tho. Android phones work with the app and u can emulate an android on Windows 10 if u wanna make life even more complicated. The kicker is whatever u do they gave u a whole day to get it to work.

    • Calci0

      From what I gathered, you can still stream games via pc. Which is what was done when games were available on youtube (at least for me).

    • Silver Frost

      Will highlights of each game be available on YouTube? I think that’s the only way I’ll be able to see any of these matches.

  • wolf

    So is using nwsl.com for streaming in the US going to be blocked?

    • kernel_thai

      Yes, u need a VPN

    • mockmook

      There are ways around geo-blocking — but who needs another layer of aggravation?

      • kernel_thai

        And they aren’t free. So far the solution is buy Chromecast. Buy Apple TV. Buy a VPN account. Buy a tablet and get a Verizon account. And next year it will be buy a streaming account with Go90

        • mockmook

          Are you talking about the VPN Account or more generically?

          If you are talking about VPN Account, what have you heard/experienced with the service?

        • Movement

          Nice. While we’re at it, you forgot to state next year only available to fans who live at least 300 miles away from any NWSL franchise, otherwise all viewing options over any device will be blacked out.

        • DNG

          Not sure it makes sense to charge some subscription fee unless they plan on setting up their own platform. I’m guessing that A&E wants to see how this goes first though.

    • Movement

      Did you even click on that link you just posted?
      I doubt there is ever going to be anything soccer related on that link.
      Click on it, lol.

      • mockmook

        Now I’m too scared…

        This should be safer:

        NWSLsoccer.com

      • wolf

        Disqus did the link not me. No, I did not click on it because It occurred as I sent the post.

        • wolf

          Discus may have a problem.

  • JD

    Does anyone happen to know if it works on Xbox?

    • I have a PS3 and was looking on their website for compatible devises and it does not look like it is compatible with any streaming devises, just mobile devises where you can download their app from iTunes or Android stores for mobile devises. I guess you can look the Xbox app store just in case.

  • john

    So is this a deal that brought in initial money, but will kill viewership thus making Lifetime more likely to pull the plug.

  • The fact that the go90 doesn’t have an app for most of the popular ways people stream to their TV’s is an issue. I hope this will be coming soon and perhaps trying to sure that up had something to do with the late announcement.
    Also, not having a way to watch live on your computer from the website is a drawback.

    • mockmook

      “Also, not having a way to watch live on your computer from the website is a drawback.”

      I’d call it something else…

  • wolf

    At the moment it appears that if you are using an old fashioned windows 10 laptop you are screwed. Is that correct?

    • Som Termanni

      You should be fine, if the league does what it’s promised to do. If you’re in the US, the goal would be that you can stream the TV match on mylifetime.com and the rest of the matches on go90.com, which doesn’t require an app. If you’re not in the US, you’re supposed to be able to stream them all from nwslsoccer.com.

      • Breakers fan

        Will this also work with Windows 7, do you know?

        • Som Termanni

          It’s nothing fancy. If you can run Chrome with Flash, you can use go90 or mylifetime. It’s no more complex than Netflix or Hulu.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks, I feel like I’ll be able to watch these games from what I’m reading here. Hope it turns out to be as simple as it seems.

          • mockmook

            Do you have inside knowledge? Because, what I read says nothing about the go90.com website being an option.

          • Som Termanni

            I don’t, and I could totally be wrong. The beIN soccer on go90 is app-only. But go90 does have livestreaming capability from the website, so it’s down to what the deal the NWSL negotiated is, which is up to our beloved EQZ team and other woso journalists to pry from the league.

          • mockmook

            Thanks!!!

          • Constant Weeder

            The article does say “To access, visit go90.com or simply download the go90 app via the App Store or Google Play.” (Paragraph 6) Without the emphasis of an actual link, it’s easy to miss.
            Edit: Don’t know why the emphasis is reversed in my quote.

          • mockmook

            AHH HAAA!!!

            I think if I did see it, I thought it was a way to find the App.

            But, that does seem to be for the games.

            “To access (WHAT???)” — Jeez, they make it difficult.

            OK, I’m happy now. I think.

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  • mockmook

    DON’T PANIC like a mockmook

    I think Constant Weeder has pretty definitively shown below that the stream will be available to everyone on go90.com

    We now return you to your normal programming…

    • mockmook

      Ironically, this is exactly the streaming scenario I predicted would happen yesterday when everyone else was panicking.

    • Ron Rocha

      …not yet normal programing. I use Roku to stream YouTube to my TV so as to watch high def. on a big screen and I know others use similar devices. If that is not now available then it will not be a step forward for many but, in fact a giant step back. there is a Roku channel for GoPro but seems to be video posting only. Any one else in the same sinking boat?

      • mockmook

        Can you use your TV as a monitor for the computer?

        • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

          Yes as long as you have an HDMI out port on your computer, an HDMI in port on your tv, and an HDMI cable.

          • guest

            what if your laptop doesn’t have an HDMI outport. can you use chromecast or roku to open internet sites on a non-smart smart tv?

          • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

            You should be able to but I think you have to be streaming the game from the chrome browser on your laptop.
            https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/3228332?hl=en

          • mockmook

            Some TVs will take VGA or DVI

            Also, there are converters to go from a VGA or DVI output to HDMI (they use a USB connection to the PC to pick up the audio)

      • Happy

        My answer to this may have been removed bc it references a particular app.

        I googled “Any way to get go90 on the Roku?”

        A reddit post came up. I downloaded the ref app and am now watching Go90 over my Roku in HD. Only thing I had to do was unplug and replug Roku so that the App would “find” it.

        • Som Termanni

          It is amazing what comments EQZ will and won’t delete in order to hold on to what meager league access it has.

          • Steglitz49

            The EQ uses computer software to monitor the comments.

    • Movement

      No need to panic.
      It’s like a Treasure Hunt trying to find the games, but the video quality will be
      SHARPPPPPP

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGX1FW8Oabo

    • Silver Frost

      I’d rather not watch if I have to look at games on a 2″ screen on a cell phone.

      • mockmook

        If CW is right, we are back to the exact same situation as with YouTube — actually more options. So, no need to use just a 2″ screen.

  • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

    So let me get this straight, US viewers will only be able to watch the Lifetime aired games on cable TV through their cable TV provider or on their website? While the international viewers can watch the Lifetime aired games for free at any time on the NWSL website? Unless I am missing something and the Lifetime aired games won’t require a cable subscription login to watch live and on-demand within the US then that is bull crap.

  • Som Termanni

    Julie Foudy joins the broadcast team: https://twitter.com/NWSL/status/852666974803030020

  • Dennis Nguyen

    normal for this forum, you get live and on demand of every game and people a b!tching because it isn’t how they want to watch it. Entitled much? Middle aged men, finding anything to b!tch about

    • Som Termanni

      I can’t speak for the middle-aged men, and I admit I haven’t been a fan of what the league gave up for the deal with no sign of how much money they got out of it.

      But seeing as how we already had live and on-demand video of every game for the last 4 years, available internationally without device or geographic restrictions, announced months before the start of each season, I’m not surprised people are complaining that things have gotten worse and the league’s compounded it with poor communication and announcements coming less than 48 hours before the first matches.

      But yeah, I agree it is otherwise normal on this forum for a bunch of middle-aged men to complain about everything.

    • mockmook

      Umm, I think most of the complaining was because it isn’t clear what streaming is available for every game