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Premier League 2020/21 live stream: what channel and how to watch

Premier League 2020/21 live stream: what channel and how to watch
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The 2020/21 Premier League season is set to be a mixed bag for fans and players alike. While EPL games will be initially crowdless, the Premier League is hoping to return to attended matches at some point from October onwards. While games are behind closed doors, we can expect at least more of them to be televised than usual. This is how to watch those 2020/21 Premier League live streams wherever you are.

Those in the US can buy a season pass from Peakcock TV (opens in new tab) and watch 175 of the 380 Premier League games live for just $4.99 per month. (Don't forget to use a VPN (opens in new tab) if you're a US citizen stuck away from home.) In the UK, Sky has over 146 games, BT Sport has over 58 and there will be two rounds on Amazon Prime Video including the Boxing Day fixtures.

With the Premier League's U-turn on live games in September, the hope is that all EPL games will be televised while fans are not allowed into stadiums. During this time, expect to see free-to-air matches on the BBC and on Sky TV's Pick TV channel (Freeview channel 11, Virgin Media channel 165, Freesat channel 164).

As for the teams, the new boys to look out for this season are Leeds, West Brom and Fulham, all of whom are no strangers to top flight football. There are also some rule tweaks to look out for.

Drinks breaks, which had been brought in owing to the summer matches, have been ditched and the number of substitutions has dropped back down from five to the more standard three. The winter break has also been scrapped what with the later than usual season start.

Other measures to make sure the full programme of games can be squeezed in include, for the first time, the removal of FA Cup replays. Ties will be decided on the night instead. The League Cup's semi-finals have also been reduced to single-game affairs. The FA Cup Final will be played on 15th May, followed by the last round of Premier League fixtures the next weekend.

Now that VAR has been taken under FIFA's control, expect to see more pitch-side monitors used by referees for goal, red card and penalty incidents. Expect to see more punishment for goalkeepers coming off their lines for penalty saves, including possible yellow and red cards.

Assistant referees have been told to keep from flagging for offside until the offside event has passed, so as to keep play authentic until any possible reversal takes place.

With all the these interesting conditions and changes, it's an unmissable Premier League season, and that's before you even look at the player and manager dramas. Whether you want to watch online, on TV, on your smartphone or tablet, we've got you covered.

Watch live Premier League matches for free in the UK

Premier League 2020/21 live stream: what channel and how to watch

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While the 2020/21 Premier League games are still crowdless, the EPL has agreed to televise each and every one, at least for September, some of which will be free to air on Sky's Pick TV channel.

You'll have to pay if you want to see the rest but, even without a full Sky subscription, fans can enjoy the Sky TV Premier League games with a Now TV day pass (opens in new tab) (£9.99) or a monthly pass (opens in new tab) (£33.99). Keep your eyes open for occasional discount as well as the option of the Now TV Mobile Month Pass (opens in new tab) which offers mobile device access for just £5.99 per month.

Make sure you've got your VPN (opens in new tab) handy if you're stuck abroad.

Now TV Sky Sports Pass from £5.99/month (opens in new tab)
Watch the lion's share of the Premier League games. Prices start at £5.99 for the Mobile Pass. For smart TV access, use a Day Pass (£9.99) or Month Pass (£33.99). Add the Boost Pass for £3/month to get full 1080p HD, 5.1 Dolby surround sound and watch on three screens at once.

BT Sport monthly pass £25, contract-free (opens in new tab)
Full access to all the BT Sport channels for one month, for one fee; anyone in the UK can enjoy the EPL, Champions League and more through the BT Sport app on smart TVs, mobiles, tablets, games consoles, Chromecast or through the BT Sport website - no contract, no fuss.

Free 30-day Amazon Prime including Premier League football (opens in new tab)
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Access Premier League football games for the coming seasons with a 30-day Amazon Prime trial. Prime membership includes next-day delivery, exclusive deal access and Prime Video membership too.

Virgin Media customers are be able to watch the football for free when available and by subscribing to BT Sport, Amazon Prime and Sky Sport as desired. Virgin Media’s Bigger + Sports bundle (opens in new tab) covers all the Sky and BT televised games.

If you have a Virgin TiVo box and access to BT or Sky, you can watch on-the-go through Virgin's TV Anywhere app. And if that's not enough, there is Twitter's deal with Sky Sports to show goals and highlights via the Sky Football account (opens in new tab).

Watch live Premier League matches for $5.99 per month

Premier League 2020/21 live stream: what channel and how to watch

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Premier League rights in the US belong to NBC and Peacock TV who will host over 175 of the 380 Premier League matches in 2020/21. You can live stream all of those  games with a Peacock TV Premier League Pass for just $4.99 (opens in new tab) per month! It's only available in the US, so any US citizen stuck outside their own country during the crisis will need to use a VPN to get access (opens in new tab).

The Peackock TV app is available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, LG smart TV, Vizio TV, PS4 and Xbox One. You can also watch the Peacock TV EPL streams through your web browser.

Premier League season pass $4.99/month with Peacock TV (opens in new tab)
Watch over 175 Premier League games live and full replays of the rest of the EPL 2020/21 matches. The subscription also includes to thousands of movies, TV shows, kids content and other live sport.

Peacock TV is part of the NBC network and you can also find Premier League football games televised through NBCSN and other NBC sports channels for the 2020/21 EPL season. If you don't already have the NBC sports channels, you can add them to your cable package or switch to cable cutting platforms such as Sling TV (opens in new tab) and YouTube TV (opens in new tab) and add them there.

Watch live 2020/21 Premier League matches for free from abroad using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Premier League services, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) or NordVPN (opens in new tab).

ExpressVPN three months free with a year-long plan (opens in new tab)
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.

Watch the 2020/21 Premier League on DAZN (Canada, Japan, Brazil, Spain and more)

Footy fans in Spain, Japan, Brazil, Canada and certain other regions get the chance to watch some of the 2020/21 Premier League season for free. DAZN has the rights to show the EPL and a whole host of other sports in these territories, and, best of all, DAZN offers a one-month free trial. So long as you've not used yours already, then you can fill your boots.

Free Premier League live stream with DAZN 1 month free trial (opens in new tab)
DAZN has the rights to the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, US Sports, Fightsports, and much more live and on demand in Spain, Japan, Brazil and Canada. Try free for 1 month. Cancel at anytime.

Sadly the DAZN free trial isn't available to those outside these regions. If you are a DAZN customer but travelling abroad, you'll need to sign up to a VPN service (opens in new tab) to make sure you can access the DAZN Premier League live stream wherever you are.

Watch the 2020/21 Premier League on mobile

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EE pay-monthly customers with a 4G handset, tablet or SIM-only phone plan can get BT Sport free for three months (opens in new tab), then either cancel or pay £15 per month to continue. Customers are also able to cast to a TV, and any data used while watching will be covered in the plan.

The app is available on Android, iOS and Windows 10 devices, though not all features are currently available on the Windows app.

Vodafone offers Sky Sports Mobile TV when you buy a Red Entertainment plan (opens in new tab), which gives those on eligible 24-month contracts and 12-month SIM only deals the option to subscribe to Sky Sports Mobile TV (or Now TV or Spotify) at no additional cost.

It's available on iPhone and selected Android devices. Once the term finishes, you'll have to pay £5.99 per month for the package.

Sky's coverage consists of Sky Go and Sky Sports for iPad apps. The apps allows subscribers to stream the Sky Sports channels to their iPad, and Sky also offers interactive experiences.

There's also the Live Football Score Centre app, which keeps track of all the latest scores and news, as well as match highlights. A new deal gives Sky access to clips of all 380 matches.

Listen to Premier League radio

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Let's not forget the wireless. Both the BBC and talkSPORT have rights to broadcast live football matches, with around 260 being heard over the season.

The Beeb won four of the seven available packages, giving them first pick of Saturday 3pm kick-offs, both Sunday games and a selection on Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings.

And you don't have to own a radio to listen to 5 Live. It can be heard on the BBC Sport website or via Freeview, Freesat, Sky or Virgin Media.

talkSPORT is the only commercial radio broadcaster with live Premier League football rights. Its current deal comprises exclusive rights to Saturday lunch and tea-time kick-offs, as well as gaining second pick from any game with a traditional Saturday 3pm kick-off.

When can you watch Match of the Day online and on iPlayer?

Premier League Restart: How to watch the EPL football for free and in 4K

Match of the Day has been shown live on TV on Saturday evening (almost) since time began, and is now joined by Match of the Day 2 on Sundays. But what about watching Premier League highlights online?

Match of the Day is available through BBC iPlayer, but there are a few stipulations.

The show won't be available straight after the programme finishes its live broadcast. Weekend editions of Match of the Day will be online from midnight on Monday (in practice, the early hours of Tuesday morning), while midweek episodes will be on iPlayer from midnight the day after it's broadcast.

You can download Match of the Day for offline viewing, but it is time-sensitive and will disappear as soon as the programme leaves iPlayer.

Match of the Day can also be streamed live at the time of broadcast via the BBC iPlayer website.

2020/21 Premier League fixtures

Premier League 2020/21 live stream: what channel and how to watch

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All kick-off times are in GMT

Friday 11th December

Leeds United v West Ham United - 20:00, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Saturday 12th December

Wolves v Aston Villa - 12:30, BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

Newcastle United v West Brom - 15:00, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Man Utd v Man City - 17:30, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Everton v Chelsea - 20:00, BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

Sunday 13th December

Southampton v Sheffield United - 12:00, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - 14:15, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Fulham v Liverpool - 16:30, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Arsenal v Burnley - 19:15, Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion - 19:15, Amazon Prime Video

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