The “Direct Kick” MLS package has been added to Verizon’s FiOS TV lineup, but only in standard-definition. Five channels are available for $64 for the entire 2009 season, which includes 130 Major League Soccer matches. The matches include regional broadcasts and select MLS Cup Playoff games.
In combination with games shown nationally, the entire MLS season will be available to Direct Kick subscribers which includes all 225 games of the MLS regular season, the 2009 MLS All-Star Game, select MLS Cup playoff games and MLS Cup 2009.
The 5 FiOS TV channels will run from channels 1495-1499, however no mention of any HD broadcasts in the MLS package. ESPN 2 will be running about 30 games in HD…here is their MLS Game of the Week in HD schedule.
“Whether you’re a Chicago Fire fan in Texas or a Los Angeles Galaxy fan on the East Coast, MLS Direct Kick package and FiOS TV give fans complete access to soccer with a viewing experience that’s the next best thing to being there,” said Shawn Strickland, vice president of video solutions for Verizon.