The Champions! Yes, it’s the Champions League 2019/20 group stage and time to get your 4K football on. For that you’ll need a Champions League live stream or TV channel to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action.
The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League is the 65th year of Europe’s top continental club competition, with the contest now whittled down to 32 teams all vying for a place in the 2020 Champions League Final in Istanbul.
Matchday 2 sees most of the English teams looking for a much needed shot in the arm but for some that next fixture is a tricky one. Tottenham take on Pot 1's Bayern Munich at home, while Chelsea travel to Lille looking for their first group points. Liverpool too could do with getting off the mark and will be hoping that Red Bull Salzburg at home won't prove too much of a hurdle.
It's all rather different for Manchester City, having banged in three against Shakhtar on matchday 1. Dinamo Zagreb will be praying to the football gods that they're not on the end of a Watford-style tonking at the Etihad.
As for the group of death that is Group F, it's all square for points between Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter and Salvia Prague, and who'd have picked Lokomotiv Moscow as early leaders in Group G over Juventus, Atlético Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen? Can the Russians hold on with Atléti up next?
There are no new rules for the group stage apart from the fact that VAR has been in force since the play-offs and will continue throughout the tournament. Should two teams be tied on points by the end of the group games, then they are separated according to the following criteria:
- Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams
- Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams
- Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams
- Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams
- Goal difference in all group matches
- Goals scored in all group matches
- Wins in all group matches
- Away wins in all group matches
- Disciplinary points
- UEFA club coefficient
Watch Champions League football anywhere in the world using a VPN
We'll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based Champions League fans below, but even after spending all that money on a subscription you're still not going to be able to watch the group stage from another country.
There are certain territories where the Champions League football is free to watch (you can find a full list of the free Champions League broadcasters here along with the pay channels too). So, if you're away in one of these places, you may just need to tune in on your hotel TV or find a local bar.
Anywhere else and you'll want to get yourself a VPN instead. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can spoof an IP address which is local to the server you’d like to access. That way your service provider will think you’re in the correct country to do so and allow you to watch the Champions League on your subscription as if you were back home.
VPNs are also as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or accessing websites people in your location are not supposed to do. They encrypt the data passing between you and the server, so that the information remains private.
So, whether you want to watch live football, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then a VPN is 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:
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.
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 the Champions League football here.
Watch the Champions League live the UK
Rights to show the UEFA Champions League in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal to broadcast all matches from UEFA club competitions means you'll also be able to watch the Europa League. BT Sport also has the Bundesliga, which makes a subscription this season a very decent offer.
Upgrading to all four BT Sport channels is no big deal if you’re already a BT TV customer and it’s even better if you’re on BT Broadband too. The former group can add the package for £10 per month, while it’s only £6 per month for the latter.View Deal
New BT broadband and BT TV customers will gain access to the coverage free of charge, while it costs £10 each month for existing customers. Sky TV users can also add BT Sport to their existing package from £25 a month, but that will not include any 4K viewing.
If you’ve got BT Broadband with Sky TV and want to add BT Sport, then you’re looking at only £15 per month extra for full access to the Champions League and all the other BT Sports in HD across four channels. A BT Sports app-only upgrade is £10 per month. For Sky broadband customers it’s £25 per month with a rolling contract option.View Deal
However you subscribe to BT Sport, though, you will get access to streams via the BT website and BT Sport app, so you can watch on the move within the UK or from abroad, using a VPN.
Watch the Champions League live in 4K
BT Sport does come in 4K if you’re hooked up to the BT Sport Ultra HD channel, but you’ll need to be a BT TV and BT Super Fast Fibre broadband user to get it. Ultra HD is not available on the Sky TV platform.
The situation is better for Virgin Media customers, though. You can enjoy all five BT Sports channels including BT Sport Ultra HD on channel 555.
Sign up to this pack and you’ll get everything BT has to offer. There’s the 4K-enabled box with 300 hours of recording space, 55 premium HD channels and 4K sports access too. The price includes line rental and it comes with a £80 gift card too. Not bad.View Deal
The BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media is a £18 bolt-on, at the time of writing. It brings coverage of football, rugby, cricket, UFC and more, plus access to BT Sport Ultra HD for 4K viewing. You can cancel the subscription at any time.View Deal
For 4K sports on BT TV, it’s a case of upgrading or purchasing the Max 4K package, which will cost you £20 a month to add to an existing BT subscription, or £54.99 for the full shebang if you’re a new customer starting from scratch.
Those on Virgin Media will need the Virgin V6 box and a 4K TV to make sure they're getting the action at maximum resolution. With the basic Big Bundle, BT Sport is £18 per month but all five BT Sport channels, including Ultra HD, are included on the larger TV packages which start at £57 per month. More details on Virgin Media TV bundles.
Watch the Champions League live the USA
UEFA Champions League fans in the States are lucky enough to be able to watch some of the European football action free on Spanish language network Univision. The rest, you’ll have to pay for and the rights are shared out between Univision Deportes Network and Turner Sports.
Take a look at the schedules on their website to work how to follow your favourite team, and don’t forget to use a VPN if you’re watching from abroad.
Champions League Fixtures
The games come thick and fast in the group stage and right from the off the big hitters are in action. There's nowhere to hide whichever team you are. These are some of top clashes to look out for from matchdays one and two:
1/10 - Tottenham vs Bayern Munich, 8pm BST
1/10 - Galatasaray vs PSG, 8pm BST
1/10 - Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb, 8pm BST
1/10 - Juventus vs Bayer Leverkusen, 8pm BST
2/10 - Valencia vs Ajax, 8pm BST
2/10 - Barcelona vs Inter, 8pm BST
2/10 - Liverpool vs Red Bull Salzburg, 8pm BST
2/10 - Lille OSC vs Chelsea, 8pm BST
22/10 - Atlético Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen, 5.55pm BST
22/10 - Manchester City vs Atalanta, 8pm BST
22/10 - Tottenham vs Red Star Belgrade, 8pm BST
22/10 - Galatasaray vs Real Madrid, 8pm BST
23/10 - Ajax vs Chelsea, 5.55pm, BST
23/10 - Inter vs Borussia Dortmund, 8pm BST
23/10 - Genk vs Liverpool, 8pm BST
23/10 - Red Bull Salzburg vs Napoli, 8pm BST