Broadcast rights acquired by MLS Live
MLS Live is an OTT, multi-screen subscription service dedicated to the US Major League Soccer. It is operated by the league itself, and streams MLS matches live and on-demand on ESPN+.
ESPN+ subscribers can watch out-of-market MLS games via MLS Live along with all of ESPN+’s other content at the standard price; however, MLS Live itself does not directly provide streams from television stations such as ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1, Univision and UniMás. For MLS games that are telecast live by national TV networks, MLS Live may only provide streams hours after the original broadcast as full replays, if these games are part of ESPN+. Matches covered as live streams on MLS Live are usually those aired only by regional networks—also referred to as out-of-market matches.
MLS Live on ESPN+ is available in USA on PC, Mac, Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, as well as on Android TV, smartphones and tablets. It is also available on Roku, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Chromecast, Oculus Go, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Samsung Smart TV.
In Canada, MLS Live became available on the DAZN platform in 2018 after the international live-streaming sports service struck a three-year deal with Major League Soccer. Under the period of that agreement, MLS Live granted DAZN Canada subscribers access to a minimum of 262 regular season matches. MLS Live on DAZN in Canada was made available on PC, Mac, smart TVs, mobile devices, and games consoles.
Over the years, MLS Live has been powered by NeuLion—a digital video technology company based in New York, USA, specializing in the distribution of live and on-demand content on the internet. NeuLion has not only been responsible for the scaling of MLS Live, but also for the optimizations in the delivery of streaming content to devices supported by the service.