Comcast, Where is Setanta Sports?

The new Premier League (known in the US as the EPL) kicks of this coming weekend, and I am still bummed out that Comcast is still not offering Setanta Sports as an option package.

I wrote previously about my disappointment with Fox Soccer Channels EPL lineup last season. They basically sold half their rights to Setanta in order to secure the rights to MLS games. I was hoping that Comcast would announce that they were going to partner with Setanta and offer this channel before the season began. But it seems it is not to be. Comcast are really forgetting about their soccer watching audience. Dish Network and DirectTV both offer Setanta Sports already.

One of the cool things about setanta is that they also show the 6 nations rugby championship, as well as the rugby world cup. I have missed my rugby immensely since moving here, and would love to introduce my lovely wife to the gentlemen’s game. Come on Comcast, you gotta get going on this… Or maybe its time to switch to satellite?


  1. Steve Mitchell Said,

    August 7, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    Why do you want to watch soccer?

  2. Stuart Said,

    August 7, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    Funny enough Mr Software and Beer, I have more scope in my life than just than getting up at 4.30 am to blog… 😉

  3. The Gaffer Said,

    August 7, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

    I just did an interview earlier this week with Setanta Sports and asked them the question about Comcast (and other cable providers) as well as a ton of other questions relating to TV coverage of the Premier League in the States. Check it out at

    The Gaffer

  4. Norman Said,

    August 19, 2007 @ 5:51 am

    I agree come on Comcast provide us Brits in the USA with Setanta. I have Direct TV at one of my houses and Comcast at the other. The Setanta coverage on Direct TV is excellent and very affordable. What better way to send a Saturday and Sunday morning with some good American coffee and some EPL footy! And Comcast please don’t offer it at some inflated price when you final catch up with Direct TV….Let’s Go Comcast!

  5. Eiran Adar Said,

    September 15, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

    I had DirecTV for 10 years and signed with Setanta Sports the day it came out but unfortunately had to move to where I can’t face South West to put my dish so I am stuck with Comcast. I signed with ITVN but the quality sucks and it’s not the same………..SO Comcast get with the program and show us some LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL…….

  6. andy m Said,

    January 20, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    Anyone know what the latest is on this?

  7. Stuart Said,

    January 21, 2008 @ 11:13 am

    Andy, I phone Comcast weekly to ask them to add Setanta. So far I have had no positive responses. I would recommend you try doing the same (phone in the morning – when it is quiet, and you will not be on hold too long). The more people who bug Comcast about this issue, the more chance they will begin to see the light.

    As an alternative I have looked into Setanta Broadband, but I have not yet signed up. I may do so shortly, but am not wanting to watch the games on my laptop.

  8. Geoff Said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 2:04 am

    As Stuart does, I, too, call Comcast at least once a month to check on whether they’ve any new plans to add Setanta. I honestly do not understand why nothing has happened yet. I dropped Comcast last year to get satellite for the single purpose of getting Setanta. Comcast is missing out on 60+ dollars a month from me because they won’t add it! I hate everything about having satellite, too (except, of course, Setanta).

  9. nicole Said,

    March 30, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

    comcast does offer fox soccer channel along with nfl tv and nba tv in an add on package for 4.95 a month… only thing wrong with that is i have had it for almost six months and have only seen two SPL matches and you guessed it… they were both rangers games. my nephew plays for the hibs so i think im just going to sign up for the hibs streaming webcasts. i would like to see my nephew play, knowing my luck, he will have signed with another team, just as i do it 🙂

  10. Asit Said,

    August 23, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

    Comcast is just no good. They don’t even provide quality reception on basic cable of nbc or cbs. I have the sports package and all I want to do is watch Chelsea football whenever possible and Comcast can’t provide this. Insight Cable is 3 times as good as Comcast in terms of television service and customer service. Comcast should just give up. Stick to providing the Chicago Cubs’ broadcast. Its the only thing that worked.

  11. Wayne Said,

    August 31, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

    Verizon FIOS has secured a deal with Setanta. In my area this will go into effect in mid Sept 2008 and involve a ~$15/mo premium. It is worth it for this american fan of the top soccer in the world. I will be moving and changing my comcast for verizon FIOS for this reason among a few others.

  12. Stuart Said,

    August 31, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

    For the start of the new Premier League season, I am switching my tv service also. Comcast has screwed me around for too long, and I have been waiting for them to deliver what their technology should be capable of. But most of all, I want Setanta. And so DirecTv here I come.
    I did a lot of research and came up with the following results for which would be the best tv service to switch to.

    Thanks for all your comments on this page. I could not wait and moved to another provider.

  13. ivan Said,

    September 6, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    Ya I just emailed Comcast about Setanta sports and I guess I’ll have to wait and see if they respond. But if there is a petition of some sort to sign I wonder if they would take notice of this. Another thing is why not offer a season pass to BPL to eliminate the need for two football channels. aaaaaa I need to watch ManUtd and record some games otherwise I would get the Setanta Broadband as I have before but the quality is not great, so please Comcast and all cable providers out there wake upppppppppppppp………………..

  14. The Gaffer Said,

    October 9, 2008 @ 3:42 am

    Here’s the latest news about how to get Setanta Sports on Comcast Cable:

    The Gaffer

  15. mour Said,

    October 24, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    Cox COmmunications in Northern Virginia now offers Setanta.

    Comcast, come on

  16. Paul Said,

    October 25, 2008 @ 9:21 am

    Surf the web. I’m sure if you Google, you will find every EPL game and then some on your laptop.

  17. GSint Said,

    October 26, 2008 @ 11:59 am

    steve mitchell suck u madda

  18. Noddy Said,

    November 7, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

    There’s two Setanta channels on Directv but I only see one on the FIOS channel lineup website. Does anyone know if they carry both? I’d like to know before I switch from comcrap.

  19. Jackie Said,

    November 14, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    i just got setanta on comcast. it was channel 761 and its under english channels in the international programming on the website.
    Call them up and check if its available in your area. its an extra $15 a month

  20. Tim Said,

    November 16, 2008 @ 7:38 am

    It looks like Setanta Sports was added to my channel lineup, on channel 761 om Comcast Digital Cable in Boston.

  21. Lukas Said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    They need to add this channel in South Florida.

  22. Mike Said,

    January 21, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    I saw that Setanta was beging delivered to Comcast subsrcibes in Boston. However, I live in Baltimore so I called Comcast 5 or 6 times to see if Baltimore had it or if they were planning to and kept getting hung up on by the electronic prompter for questions about channel line up. So then I have emailed them twice each time recieving a message back immediately after telling me I woulld recieve an email in no more than 24 hours, my last email was a week ago and nothing. Nedless to say my head is going to explode.

  23. can comcast be manly about this????? Said,

    February 1, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

    am really disappointed that a consumer oriented service provider can turn such a deaf ear to requests that run in such high numbers? do they want us to march on the streets?????….give US ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP SOCCER!!!!! thaT is All wE WaNT!…can u hear the fraustration in my words!

  24. Mike Said,

    February 3, 2009 @ 7:29 am

    I heard on the Football Show on sirius that the Barclays contract ends very soon and ESPN is going to make a go at getting the rights which would be incredible. This could cause ESPN to want to buy Setanta they were saying and even if they don’t it’s still more EPL on comcast with the ESPN channels. I hope it is true and if it is I hope they don’t screw up the broadcast of it. However it would still be nice to have Setanta for shites sake

  25. terry gibbs Said,

    March 11, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

    Is this guy stupid??? why would u watch soccer. obviosly must be american. Learn to watch a real sport and understand the passion and excitement of not knowing what will happen in a game. Unlike NFL and baseball where things are just so predictable and everyone knows what will happen, or what to expect to happen. Just a glorified version of WWF wrestling!!!

  26. Mike Said,

    March 25, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

    Screw Comcast I gave up and got Direct TV today.

  27. Liverpool3Ever Said,

    April 1, 2009 @ 6:53 am

    So close I tell you!!!! I live in Western Mass and to hear it’s available in Boston but who knows when it’s coming out our way is driving me crazy!!!

    To make matters worse, FSC just got the rights to the UEFA matches so there goes my only HD soccer watching I was getting (the FSC broadcast is utter garbage).

    Keeping fingers crossed…..

  28. Marc Said,

    May 21, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

    I gave up on comcast as well and got direct tv. I waited long enough.

  29. dayo Said,

    July 1, 2009 @ 6:33 am

    2009 and were still waiting, getting direct tv this summer, comcast wankers!

    another geeky brit

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