It’s the last game of the 2019 season and it’s big. It’s bigger than big. It’s massive, and it’s as all English as a greasy breakfast. It’s two managerial masterminds locking horns like stags in Richmond Park. Two teams which have clawed their way to Madrid with belief-bitten fingernails, both with one muddy hand on the cup. Which can hold on? Whose grip will slip but, most importantly of all, how do you watch the Champions League final?
The good news is there are lots of options, including free live streams online, regardless of whether you're in the UK or USA. No matter where you are, what device you’re using and what resolution you want, you’re going to find a broadcaster or free live stream to meet your needs. Just make sure you’re within range of some Wi-Fi. An added data bundle might go a long way too.
Tottenham vs Liverpool in the Champions League final kicks off at 8pm BST, at 3pm ET, 12pm PT and at 9pm if you happen to be in Madrid. As for the rest of the details, here’s what you need to know.
How to watch the Champions League final for free
Yes, the Champions League final is available to watch for free and on just about any device you’d care to mention. Your two main choices are either through the BT Sport YouTube channel or the live stream on the BT Sport website. Both will stream all the action from start to finish with coverage beginning at 6pm BST.
Virgin Media TV customers can also watch the Champions League final for free, without needing a BT Sport subscription, using their set-top boxes. Customers should head to channel 100 (HD) or channel 532 (4K) for those with the V6 version of the box. There’s no HDR support , however. There is also a free live stream on the Virgin TV Go app.
How to watch the Champions League final online
You do get options when it comes to the website’s video player, though. The BT Sport enhanced video player is well worth using if you can. It includes a timeline which allows you to rewind, re-watch key moments from different camera angles and it also pops up with match stats synchronized with the on-screen action.
Unfortunately, the enhanced player no longer supports Windows 7. Those using more dated operating systems will have to stick with the standard player which, although missing the bells and whistles, still includes HD playback.
How to watch the Champions League final on your mobile
The BT Sport app and YouTube app are available on both iOS and the Google Play Store. You can, of course, watch the Champions League final on the web browser of your mobile but it’s much better to use the dedicated software.
The enhanced player will be available through the BT Sport app for the match in Madrid and that’s one reason to opt for that method instead of YouTube with access to more live stats and the ability to playback key moments from all kinds of camera angles. Think of Gareth Bale’s overhead kick from 2018 again and again, or maybe not if you’re a Liverpool fan.
You can also watch using the BT Sport and YouTube large screen apps through games consoles and smart TVs.
How to watch the Champions League final in 4K
If you’ve got access to a 4K device, then you should be sure to max out the resolution with the right choice of broadcast or stream.
Subscribers to BT Sport will be able to watch the Champions League final in both 4K and HD on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD, respectively. For those on the BT Sport platform, the BT Sport 4K UHD can be found on channel 433. BT Sport 2 is channel 431 for BT customers.
On Sky, it’s a question of switching to channel 414 for BT Sport 2 in HD – there is no BT 4K coverage available on Sky.
All Virgin Media customers with a 4K TV will be able to enjoy BT Sport 4K UHD on channel 532 on the V6 set-top box. Otherwise, it’s channel 100 for the HD coverage.
Fans can also enjoy the Champions League final in 4K using both the BT Sport YouTube channel and the BT Sport app on devices with 4K resolution displays.
How to watch the Champions League final in the US
It’s TNT which has the rights for the Champions League final in the States and those in the USA can tune in at 3pm ET or 12pm PT on the TNT channel of any satellite and cable provider.
TNT’s programming will also be live streamed on the Watch TNT app and at the B/R Live website. The app can be accessed on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV as well as Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. It’s just $2.99 to watch the coverage but you can also subscribe for the month ($9.99) or even the year ($79.99).
Univision has the Spanish language US coverage rights for the Champions League final. It’s available on cable TV with streams on both the Univision Deportes app and at univisiondeportes.com for all other devices.
How to watch the Champions League final from abroad using a VPN
Trying to access either UK or US streams of the game from abroad is a problem. These services will know your location based on your IP address and will automatically block your access to the game even if you’re a national of one of these countries.
Instead, 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 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 the Champions League final, 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:
Which comes in at as little as £2.29 per month and features 24/7 assistance
Has a free 3 month trial (which should be enough even if the game goes to penalties!) and brings VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets.
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 game. 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.
So, there’s no reason to miss a minute with so many ways to tune in for free. With any luck it’s going to be a cracking contest and we look forward to seeing who’ll be taking home the spoils.