SEATTLE â€“ YouTube TV and Seattle Sounders FC signed a multi-year live streaming contract. Under the agreement, YouTube TV gets to exclusively live stream the teamâ€™s games beginning this 2018.
This is the first time that a Major League Soccer (MLS) team enters into a deal that will combine traditional TV and live stream to air their games, Geek Wire reports. This will widen the gameâ€™s reach in their region, providing fans with easier access to watch their teamâ€™s games.
Fans of the Sounders FC will now be able to watch their matches with YouTube TV on Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, other smart TVs, computers, tablets and mobile phones. The premium video streaming platform also gained the rights to exclusively air Sounders FCâ€™s 21 regionally televised contests through a YouTube TV channel dedicated to the club, according to the clubâ€™s official website. The platform is set to stream all Seattle Sounders FC games this season for the viewers in Seattle and in Spokane, Washington, respectively.
The 2018 Cup of MLS is set to begin on Mar. 3, 2018 and will end on Oct. 28, 2018. The MLS Cup Playoffs are scheduled to start Oct. 31, 2018. Traditional TV broadcasting of the teamâ€™s matches will still be available on Q13 Fox and JOEtv.
Soccer fans who want to watch the Sounders FC and the Los Angeles FC may want to sign up now. The Google-powered online streaming platform currently costs $35 per month, with over 50 different channels good for streaming. However, those who will subscribe to the channel after March 13 will have to pay an extra $5, as the service will already be $40 per month by then.
Last month, YouTube TV also reached an agreement with Los Angeles FC. Their deal provides the Google-owned streaming platform the exclusive rights to air the teamâ€™s matches in LA area.
With these deals, YouTube TV gets an advantage over their competition on live streaming and cord-cutting, as well as social media and other technology platforms like Amazon, Disney, and Twitter to name some.
This is another good hit by YouTube TV. Covering the MLS Cup for 2018 for Seattle Sounders FC and Lost Angeles FC could be one of their robust deals up to date.