La Liga live stream: how to watch Barcelona and Real Madrid anywhere in the world

La Liga live stream: how to watch Barcelona and Real Madrid anywhere in the world
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La Liga returns this weekend, and the 2019/20 title race promises to be one of the most intriguing in recent years.

Barcelona, who won their 26th Spanish title last season, have strengthened again as they attempt to reassert their dominance in Europe as well as domestically. Antoine Griezmann has arrived at Camp Nou following a €120m move from Atlético de Madrid, joining another big-money signing in former Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

That'll only make things tougher for Real Madrid, who struggled last season without the goals and influence of Cristiano Ronaldo and finished third, 19 points off the top.

They've responded by reinstating Zinédine Zidane as manager, who won three consecutive UEFA Champions League finals in his first spell, and building a new squad of Galacticos led by the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy.

And let's never write off Diego Simeone's Atlético, last season's runners up, who replaced Griezmann well with Benfica's João Félix and strengthened elsewhere despite a number of outgoings.

If you want to watch it all unfold over the next ten months – whether that be on your TV, laptop, smartphone or tablet – we've got you covered. Simply scroll down to find the best option for you, sit back and enjoy.

Watch La Liga matches in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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It looked like there would be no deal in place for La Liga to be broadcast in the UK or Republic of Ireland, for what would be the first time in decades. That was until ITV announced it had bought rights at the last minute, with a combination of live matches and highlights to be shown free of charge on its main channel and ITV4.

Three have been confirmed so far – Barcelona's curtain-raiser at Athletic Bilbao on Friday 16th August and first home game, against Real Betis nine days later, and Real Madrid's trip to Villarreal on 1st September – but it is believed the network is confident of securing more matches throughout the season.

ITV has no 4K facility, but those games will be available in HD on your television or standard definition via its website and the ITV Player app.

Watch La Liga matches from abroad using a VPN

Trying to access ITV streams from outside the UK or ROI – if you're on holiday or working abroad, for example – is still a problem. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a national of one of these countries.

So, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to help 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.

VPNs are as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. So, whether you want to watch live football, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then they’re well worth considering.

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 and would recommend the following:

- ExpressVPN

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.

- NordVPN

Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance

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.

You can find a full list of the world's broadcasters with rights to show live Liga football here.

Watch La Liga matches in the USA

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Rights to show La Liga matches in the USA – alongside coverage of France's Ligue 1 and UEFA cup competitions – belong to beIN Sports. It is quite easily bolted on to your existing cable package and includes the Connect service for watching games live on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or Roku box.

The Basic package costs just $10 a month, and includes the main beIN Sports channel as well as beIN Sports 7, 8 and 9 – all in HD – alongside a range of entertainment services.

Its dedicated Sports package will set you back $25 a month, giving you all the benefits of the Basic tier, plus beIN Sports channels 1 through to 16 – again all in HD – as well as its basketball service, beIN Sports NBA.

Two other tiers are also available – Premium at $30 a month and Elite at $45 – for various movie and entertainment add-ons to your full sports package.

Choose your beIN package and enjoy live La Liga matches all season.

There are other options than acquiring beIN Sports via cable, such as web services fuboTV and Sling TV.

The former is a dedicated sports platform, which offers a $45-per-month package including beIN Sports and its Spanish sister channel alongside a range of other sports, film and entertainment services. You can boost your channel list from around 80 to more than 100 – including beIN Sports 2 to 10 – for an extra $5 a month with fubo EXTRA. It also offers a free seven-day trial, for which you can sign up via the fuboTV website.

Sling TV offers a less comprehensive package of beIN Sports channels, but can save you a bit of money. It comes via the Sports Extra package, which is a bolt-on to Sling's entertainment-focussed Orange and Blue services – each of which costs $25 a month, or $40 together.

Adding Sports Extra to your Orange package will set you back an extra $5 per month, offering access to beIN Sports as well as ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Stadium, Outside TV, Motorsport TV and Univision TDN.

It's more expensive to add to the Blue tier – $10 each month – but you'll get extra sport from NFL RedZone, NBA TV, NHL Network, NBC Golf, PAC 12 Network and The Olympic Channel.

You can choose your packages and get a free seven-day trial from the Sling TV website.

La Liga highlights

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All fixtures shown in local time (CEST), which will vary depending on where you watch. Matches in bold will be available free of charge via ITV.

August

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona, 9pm CEST – Friday 16th

Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid, 5pm CEST – Saturday 17th

Atlético de Madrid vs Getafe, 10pm CEST – Sunday 18th

Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid, 7pm CEST – Saturday 24th

Barcelona vs Real Betis, 9pm CEST – Sunday 25th

September

Villareal vs Real Madrid, 9pm CEST – Sunday 1st

Real Madrid vs Levante, 1pm CEST – Saturday 14th

Barcelona vs Valencia, 9pm CEST – Saturday 14th

Sevilla vs Real Madrid, 6.30pm CEST – Sunday 22nd

Barcelona vs Villareal, 9pm CEST – Wednesday 25th

Atlético de Madrid vs Real Madrid, 6.30pm CEST – Sunday 29th