Update: Do you want to watch Premier League 2015-2016 season? Take a look to the updated post: TV Channels Broadcasting Premier League 2015-2016 and How to Watch Them Online. Enjoy!
This article presents several options for watching English Premier League 2014-2015 season on TV and online: from accessing TV channels using SopCast to unlocking geo-restricted streaming sites using VPN or DNS services.
If you are reading this post you are probably a football/soccer fan and you are eager to watch one of the most interesting European championships. The English Premier League is very competitive and spectacular, no wonder it is the most watched league in the world.
The 2014-2015 season starts with at least 5 teams with real chances of winning the Championship: Manchester City (the defending champions), Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. What is your favorite team and who do you think it will win?
Before we start, here are some useful links for all English Premier League fans:
English Premier League TV broadcasters
The main broadcaster in UK is Sky Sports (that broadcasts 116 of the 154 televised matches) and BT Sport. Also, BBC shows weekly highlights but no live coverage. You may find below the list of the main international broadcasters by country or region:
|United Kingdom||English||Sky Sports and BT Sport|
|US & Caribbean||English||NBC Sports|
|Latin America||Spanish||DirecTV, ESPN Latin America|
|Middle East||Arabic / English||BeIN Sport|
|Argentina||Spanish||DirecTV, ESPN Latin America|
|Bangladesh||English||ESPN Star Sports|
|Bhutan||English||ESPN Star Sports|
|Belgium||Dutch / French||Telenet NV, BeTV SA|
|Brasil||Portuguese||ESPN Brasil (HD), Fox Sports (Brazil) (HD), Esporte Interativo (SD)|
|Brunei||English||ESPN Star Sports|
|Bulgaria||Bulgarian||Diema, Nova Sport|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnian / Serbian / Croatian||Sport Klub|
|China||Chinese / Cantonese / Mandarin / English||Supersports, Guangzhou Sports Channel,
BTV, SMG, JSports, Greatsports Channel, Sohu, Sina, QQ
|Czech Republic||Czech||Digi Sport|
|Denmark||Danish / English||TV3 Sport|
|Estonia||Estonian||Viasat Sport Baltic|
|Finland||Finnish||C More Sport/MTV3|
|Ghana||English||GTV Sports +, Supersport|
|Greece||Greek||OTE TV Sports|
|Hong Kong||Cantonese / English||Now TV|
|Iceland||Icelandic||365 Millar EHF|
|India||English||STAR Sports India|
|Indonesia||English / Indonesian||BeIN Sport, SCTV, Indosiar|
|Iran||Persian / English||Iran TV3|
|Ireland||English||Sky Sports, BT Sport, Setanta Ireland|
|Israel||Hebrew / English||Sport 1, Sport 2|
|Japan||Japanese / English||J Sports, NHK|
|Kazakhstan||Kazakh / Russian||KZ Sport 1|
|Latvia||Latvian||Viasat Sport Baltic|
|Lithuania||Lithuanian||Viasat Sport Baltic|
|Luxembourg||French, German||Be TV SA, CANAL+ SA, Sky Deutschland|
|Macau||Cantonese / English||TDM, Macau Cable TV|
|Malaysia||English / Malay / Chinese||Fox Sports, Astro|
|Maldives||English||ESPN Star Sports|
|Mongolia||Monglian||Sansar HD Premier Sports, SPS HD|
|Mozambique||English / Portuguese||TV Mozambique, Supersport|
|Myanmar||English / Burmese||Skynet Sports, Skynet|
|Nepal||English||ESPN Star Sports|
|New Zealand||English||Coliseum Sports Media, TVNZ, Sommet Sports|
|Nigeria||English||Hi Sports, Supersport|
|Norway||English / Norwegian||TV2|
|Pakistan||English||ESPN Star Sports|
|Romania||Romanian||Eurosport, Dolce Sport|
|San Marino||Italian||SKY Sport|
|South Korea||Korean||SBS Sports|
|Sri Lanka||English||ESPN Star Sports|
|Spain||Spanish, English||Gol Televisión, Digital+|
|Switzerland||French / German||CANAL+ SA, Sky Sport, Teleclub|
|Thailand||Thai / English||CTH, Modernine TV|
|UAE||Arabic / English||BeIN Sport|
|Ukraine||Ukrainian||Football TV Сhannel|
How to watch TV online
If you have not access to a TV, but you have your laptop and an Internet connection then you may watch the matches online. There are several solutions to watch a TV channels online on your computer, but the one that I recommend is by using SopCast, a free and simple application.
Here is what you have to do: firstly, download the latest version of Sopcast here. After completing the installation, start the application, login as Anouymous and start looking for the desired channel in the Live Channel tab. Most likely you will find a channel that broadcasts English Premier League matches. The downside of this approach is that you may get a poor transmission with a possible interruptions.
The good news is that there are better options, even though they are not free.
English Premier League Internet broadcasters
Do you plan to watch most of the games on your computer or mobile device? Then you need access to premium streaming sites. You may find below several Internet broadcasters for English Premier League 2014-2015 season (the list is not complete, so, if you need other channel, feel free to share them in the comments section):
|United Kingdom||English||Sky Sports||Available to Sky TV and Sky Go clients.|
|United States||English||NBCSports||Content is available in HD. Sign-up required. Only available in US and U.S. Territories.|
|Australia||English||Fox Sports||Live and on demand. Subscription needed. Only available for Australian users.|
|Canada||English||Sportsnet||Subscription based. Only available in Canada.|
|France||French||Canal +||Only available in France.|
|Sweden||Swedish||Viasat||Paid subscription needed. Only available in Sweden.|
If you are located in one of these countries you may simply pay for the subscription and watch the English Premier League matches on your laptop or mobile device.
Do you have a subscription to one a streaming service and you are travelling to a country where the access is restricted? Then you need a VPN or DNS service to bypass the restrictions.
Bypass geo-restrictions by using a VPN or SmartDNS service
If you are located in a country where English Premier League is not streamed on the Internet you may still get access to certain sites using VPN or SmartDNS services. Basically, what you need is a solution to bypass the restriction imposed by the streaming sites.
For example, if you want to watch Canal+ streaming you need to change your visible IP address to one from France.
There are two main options to complete the task: VPN and DNS services. There are plenty of such services on the market (simply take a google search), but I am going to recommend you several that I personally tested:
|HideMyAss||VPN||Sky Go, NBC Sports, Canal+, Fox Sports, Viasat, Sportsnet||$11.52/month|
|ibVPN||VPN and DNS||Sky Go, NBC Sports, Canal+, Fox Sports, Viasat, Sportsnet||$7.95/month|
|PureVPN||VPN||Sky Go, NBC Sports, Canal+, Fox Sports, Viasat, Sportsnet||$9.95/month|
|Unblock-Us||DNS||Sky Go, NBC Sports, Fox Sports||$4.99/month|
All these services provide easy to install apps (for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android) in order to be able to quickly be able to access the streaming sites. ibVPN even offers 6-hour trial to test their service, enough to watch one or two matches for free.