If you live in Italy, Canada, or the US, at least some of the matches of the International Swimming League’s third season in 2021 will be available via local broadcasters.
But what about the rest of the matches, that aren’t being picked up by CBS? And what about the rest of the world?
A dramatically pared-back broadcaster list, and only partial schedules for those broadcasters who have aired it, will push more viewers to ISL’s in-house subscription service, which charges a fee to watch the season.
The subscription fee is different for different parts of the world. Some will pay as low as $27 for the full season, while others will pay as much as $45.
ISL Subscription Costs, United States:
- Full season – $36
- Regular Season Only – $24.80
- Playoffs Only – $27.60
- Single Regular Season Match – $4.00
- Single Play-Off Match – $6.00
- Final Match – $10.00
There are slightly cheaper rates to have access to a match for a 24 hour period.
It’s not clear if matches that are televised in some countries will also be available via livestream.
Subscriptions aren’t upgradeable – so if you start by paying to watch a single match, then decide you want to watch the full season, you’ll have to pay $2.40 and then a full $27 for the full season.
The ISL hasn’t released ratings for their first 2 seasons, so it’s hard to estimate what sort of revenue this might produce for a league that costs somewhere in the 8-figure range ($10 million+) to produce annually. Without any obvious major brand partnerships, that cost is being primarily borne by the league’s founder and visionary Konstantin Grigorishin, who told SwimSwam last month that he isn’t putting a timeline on profitability.
- Click here for schedules and match times, including match times in your time zone.
How to Stream
These instructions are current as of publishing, but because the ISL website is constantly evolving, they might change in the future.
Step 1: Select “Subscription” at the top of the ISL Home Page
Step 2: Login or Create an Account
Step 3: Select “Subscription” at the top of the page, again
Step 4: Be sure to select your country and then hit “apply,” or you may not be able to access the stream in your country
Step 5: Choose your Package
Step 6: Enter Credit Card Information