NBC announces Premier League Championship Sunday plans

Nine of ten matches available on Peacock

NBC announced their broadcast plans for Championship Sunday, and much like the last two years, it’ll be a Peacock-heavy affair.

Like in 2020 and 2021, five matches will be Peacock-exclusive – a change from NBC’s formula during their earlier years of broadcasting the Premier League, when every match aired on cable or broadcast TV. But unlike last year, when even the cable and broadcast games were available on Peacock, only nine of the ten matches this year are on Peacock. The potentially crucial Liverpool-Wolves match is available only on USA and in Spanish on Universo.

Here’s the full schedule of matches and their network assignment. Kickoff for all ten matches is 11 AM ET.

  • Manchester City vs Aston Villa – NBC, Peacock, Telemundo
  • Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – USA, Universo
  • Arsenal vs Everton – CNBC, Peacock
  • Norwich City vs Tottenham Hotspur – SYFY, Peacock
  • Burnley vs Newcastle United – GOLF Channel, Peacock
  • Brentford vs Leeds United – Peacock
  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United – Peacock
  • Chelsea vs Watford – Peacock
  • Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Peacock
  • Leicester City vs Southampton – Peacock

It may be a bit jarring to see clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United only on Peacock, but it makes sense – Chelsea are locked into third in the table (barring an eighteen goal swing between them and Spurs on Sunday), while United will either finish sixth or seventh. The relegation fight is down to Burnley and Leeds following Everton’s dramatic win on Thursday, but only Burnley’s match with Newcastle will be on cable. Arsenal still have a slim chance of leapfrogging Spurs for fourth, and both teams’ matches will air on cable.

Source: NBC announces Premier League Championship Sunday plans, with nine of ten matches available on Peacock (msn.com)

Confirmed – Adverts are coming to Netflix 

Netflix will roll out an advert-supported subscription tier by the end of 2022, it was revealed yesterday (May 9). 

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The New York Times reports that Netflix executives have told their employees that are hoping to introduce a lower-cost advert-supported tier by the end of the year, a far more accelerated timetable than previously briefed. 

The news comes as the same time as it was confirmed that Netflix will begin to crackdown on password sharing at the end of this year. 

The streaming giant is making the move as it looks to shore up revenue. It announced in late April that it had lost 200,000 subscribers since the start of 2022, and, as a result, saw its value fall by more than $50 billion. 

This announcement has seen Netflix cancel a series of shows, park many of their in-development projects, including one from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and close Tudum, the streaming giant’s editorial presence. 

An advert-supported, lower-price tier isn’t a revolutionary idea for a subscription service. Hulu, HBO Max, Paramount Plus and Peacock do it already and Disney Plus will be bringing in the option this year, the reason it’s a surprise is due to the fact that Netflix’s top brass were adamant, weeks ago, that it was just an idea…

There’s a bit of panic. That’s fair to say. Netflix’s change of heart has been rapid, and, coupled with its new crackdown on password sharing, it does suggest that the company is scrambling somewhat. 

Providing a cheaper option for subscribers is never a bad thing and it’s vastly preferable to saving money by axing employees and canceling shows. Things just seem to be moving so fast for Netflix, every day seems to bring some new drama, and this announcement will not help matters. 

A period of calm and maybe some show renewals would help. Let’s wait and see…

By Tom Goodwyn for Tech Radar©

Source: Confirmed – Adverts are coming to Netflix and much sooner than we thought (msn.com)

Sinn Fein calls for united Ireland debate after historic election win

 Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), hailed its first victory in a Northern Ireland Assembly election as a “defining moment” for the British-controlled region and called for a debate on a united Ireland.

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“Today represents a very significant moment of change. It’s a defining moment in our politics and for our people,” said the head of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, whose party secured 29% of first-preference votes to the DUP’s 21.3%.

She said there should now be an “honest debate” around the party’s goal of unifying the territory with the Republic of Ireland.

By Amanda Ferguson

Source: Sinn Fein calls for united Ireland debate after historic election win (msn.com)

‘Ozark’ Fans All Have the Same Complaint About New Episodes

Ozark season four part two has officially landed and, while fans are very much obsessed with the whole thing, viewers all seem to have the same complaint about the series.

New episodes came to Netflix last Friday and fans have had quite the reaction, including viewers all saying the same thing about Julia Garner’s Ruth Langmore, with others firmly in agreement about another character.

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Now, Ozark viewers have come out again to share one specific complaint about the series: the fact that the lighting is just, erm, way too dark. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen fans complaining about how the show looks on screen – with viewers previously questioning why the show is so blue.

Of course, given the general tense tone of the drama series, it makes sense for that energy to be reflected on screen via some increasingly dark mood lighting. Still, it seems like viewers aren’t hugely keen, with some even complaining that the dark lighting makes the show too hard to follow.

One viewer tweeted, “I couldn’t stand Ozark‘s gloomy lighting… Too blue, too moody.” Meanwhile, another added, “50% of the scenes in Ozark have such bad lighting I have no idea who is even talking [sic].”

Dark show = dark screen, what can we say?

By Emily Gulla for cosmopolitan©

Source: ‘Ozark’ Fans All Have the Same Complaint About New Episodes (msn.com)

Real Madrid vs Man City: TV channel, live stream

Real Madrid hosts Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Wednesday, following a first-leg classic that finished 4-3 in favor of Pep Guardiola’s men last week.

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Teed up to go right to the wire, this midweek clash occurs with both sides fresh from 4-0 wins. City thrashed Leeds United away from home to make it 16 goals scored in their previous four outings in all competitions and reassume their spot at the Premier League summit, while Carlo Ancelotti’s Blancos thumped Espanyol to seal their La Liga title with four games remaining.

How to watch Real Madrid vs Man City on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Wednesday 4 May, 20:00 (BST) 2:00 pm (CDT)

Where is it being played? Bernabeu

TV channel/live stream? BT Sport 2 (UK), Paramount+ (US)

Highlights? BT Sport YouTube

Referee? Daniele Orsato (ITA)

VAR? Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)

Real Madrid vs Man City score prediction

Against players who can seriously hurt their opposition when given time to get their feet on the ball, you’d imagine City will go to Real Madrid with the full intention of playing their own brand of football – as Pep Guardiola has previously alluded to.

So, in the likely event that the game becomes stretched with mutually attacking mindsets being deployed, we could see gaps open up for utterly magical players to fill and strut their stuff -and that’s never a bad thing for the neutrals.

While it might not turn out to be a second all-time Champions League classic in quick succession, it should be a very watchable affair from which you’d have to back City to progress.

Article by Max Parsons for 90 minutes©

Source: Real Madrid vs Man City: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction (msn.com)

Soccer Today: Liverpool vs Villarreal

Liverpool vs Villarreal: The Reds will shift their focus to the UEFA Champions League piece of the quadruple puzzle when they host Villarreal at Anfield on Wednesday (kick off, 3pm ET).

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How to watch Liverpool vs Villarreal live, stream link, and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET, Wednesday (April 27)Online: Live updates via NBCSports.com

How to watch: TUDN, Paramount+

Source: Liverpool vs Villarreal: How to watch, team news, odds (msn.com)

Champions League Soccer Today and Tomorrow

Manchester City hosts Real Madrid today (3 p.m. ET, CBS) while Villarreal visits Liverpool tomorrow (3 p.m. ET, CBS).

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Man City has never won the Champions League as it chases a trophy the team has long coveted. The UCL title is the only thing that’s eluded manager Pep Guardiola in his time at City and it’s fair to wonder if the season will be considered a disappointment if City wins the EPL title but doesn’t secure the Champions League.

Liverpool, meanwhile, is chasing after a historic quadruple. The Reds won the Carabao Cup in penalty kicks over Chelsea in February and are set to play the Blues on May 14 for the FA Cup title. No team has ever won those two competitions in the same season while also winning the EPL title and the Champions League title.

Madrid will likely be content to let Manchester City have most of the possessions and hope to hit on the counter. Real has leaned on Luka Modric and Karim Benzema throughout the Champions League and will hope that its two veteran stars can make some magic again to grab a goal or two on Tuesday night.

We’re guessing that Villarreal will look to do what it successfully did against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. Bayern had nearly two-thirds of the possession in the quarterfinals but lost as both of Villarreal’s shots on target went into the back of the net. It’s impossible to bet that Villarreal will be that clinical against Liverpool, but it’s easy to envision how Liverpool will dominate possession over both games.

Article by Nick Bromberg for yahoosportsus©

Source: Champions League betting: Liverpool and Man City are favored to start the semifinals (msn.com)

UEFA Champions League semifinals dates

The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League is down to its final four teams, and the competition is fierce.

Two Spanish clubs meet two English clubs as the two most decorated nations in the competition battle it out for another crown.

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The Premier League sends its top two clubs, Man City and Liverpool, into the semifinals looking for glory on the European stage. La Liga, meanwhile, has leaders Real Madrid plus seventh-placed Villarreal appearing in the Champions League semifinals for just the second time in history.

Villarreal’s upset of Bayern Munich was one of the more astonishing results of the season, with Robert Lewandowski and Bayern held to just a single goal through the 180 minutes of the quarterfinals, and Samuel Chukwueze’s 88th minute goal sending the Spanish side through.

Man City and Real Madrid meet in a rematch of the 2019-20 Champions League quarterfinals, where a pair of 2-1 City victories saw Zinedine Zidane’s side out of the competition.

The second semifinal, meanwhile, marks the first Champions League meeting between Liverpool and Villarreal. The two have only met twice before in history, both coming in 2016 across the two legs of their Europa League semifinal matchup.

Champions League semifinal schedule

The semifinals will be played on April 26-27 (1st Leg) and May 3-4 (2nd Leg).

First Leg

DateMatchTime (ET)
Tue, Apr. 26Man City vs. Real Madrid3:00 p.m.
Wed, Apr. 27Liverpool vs. Villarreal3:00 p.m.

Second Leg

DateMatchTime (ET)
Tue, May 3Villarreal vs. Liverpool3:00 p.m.
Wed, May 4Real Madrid vs. Man City3:00 p.m.

Champions League Final

DateMatchTime (ET)
Sat, May 28Liverpool/Villarreal vs. Man City/Real Madrid 3:00 p.m.

The winner of the second semifinal (Villarreal vs. Liverpool) will technically be the home team for the final on May 28 at the Stade de France north of Paris though it’s a neutral venue.

Article by Kyle Bonn for Sporting News©

Source: UEFA Champions League semifinals dates, times, TV channels & streaming (msn.com)

Canadian tutor Roach has won Jeopardy nine times in a row

She’s now over $200,000 U.S. in winnings and going for more

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The 23-year-old Nova Scotia native, who is now a tutor in Toronto, won $28,001 U.S. on Friday night on the game show, running her total to $210,802.

Roach’s latest win came when she successfully answered the “Final Jeopardy” category of “Academy Award Winners,” putting down $6,201.

The answer was:  “In 2019 he won his first competitive Oscar, 36 years after a Student Academy Award for a film about a Brooklyn barbershop.”

Roach wrote down: “Who is Spike Lee?”

Roach has already booked a spot in the Tournament of Champions which features the show’s top contestants.

She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2020.

Roach had told The Evan Solomon Show podcast she didn’t even expect to win a single game, let alone go on this streak. She’s going for #10.

Canadian tutor Roach has won Jeopardy nine times in a row heading into Monday | Windsor Star

The Pentagon Just Confirmed the First-Ever Interstellar Visitor to Earth

  • The United States Space Command (USSC) has confirmed a 2014 study from a team of astronomers, noting that government sensors did, in fact, detect a meteor on Earth that originated outside our Solar System.
  • The rock is only the third interstellar object ever detected in our system, and the first to enter our atmosphere.
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  • After scientists publish their research on this meteoric discovery, they may be able to learn more about its contents.

Government sensors on the hunt for fireballs plunging toward Earth have so far logged about 1,000 meteors and asteroids. But only one of them can boast that it traveled through our atmosphere from outside our own Solar System.

This fireball, which shot through our atmosphere over Papua New Guinea in 2014, was no ordinary space rock—it was actually an interstellar meteor, the first ever known to originate outside our system and arrive on Earth. Rocketing at a speed of over 130,000 miles per hour, the rock broke up during its descent, probably scattering interstellar debris into the South Pacific Ocean.

Confirmation of its distant origins arrived only recently, when the United States Space Command (USSC) released a memo on April 6, confirming that the meteor was indeed an interstellar object.

The meteor’s unusually high speed implies a possible origin from the deep interior of a planetary system or a star in the thick disk of the Milky Way galaxy, researchers state.

Source: The Pentagon Just Confirmed the First-Ever Interstellar Visitor to Earth (msn.com)

So sorry, no green men…this time!