All the details you need to watch Europe’s best battle it out wherever you are in the world
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch matches online from anywhere
The 2020-21 European Champions Cup kicks off this weekend – and here we explain how you can watch the matches wherever you are in the world.
It’s less than two months since Exeter Chiefs beat Racing 92 to lift the trophy for the first time and the pandemic has meant there is a new European format for this season due to the condensed timeframe organisers have to work in.
What remains the same is that BT Sport will be showing every Champions Cup match live in the UK and Ireland while there is also one game on free-to-air TV each weekend.
Related: European Champions Cup fixtures
There are broadcasters all over the world showing Champions Cup matches live and in those territories where there isn’t a broadcast deal, EPCR now have an OTT platform to deliver live coverage themselves. Details of all that and more are below.
Two Challenge Cup ties will also be streamed live and for free via epcrugby.com each round, starting with Leicester Tigers v Brive (kick-off 7.45pm, Friday 11 December) and Agen v London Irish (2pm, Saturday 12 December).
Here we explain how to find a reliable Champions Cup live stream wherever you are.
How to watch the European Champions Cup from outside your country
If you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Champions Cup coverage, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.
VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Champions Cup live stream you would at home.
Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.
Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from the UK & Ireland
BT Sport show every game of the Champions Cup live in the UK and Ireland. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the competition, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.
That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.
If you’re from the UK but are overseas when there is a particular match you want to watch, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.
In the UK, Channel 4 show one match a round on free-to-air television while Virgin One in Ireland do the same. On the opening weekend, Bristol Bears v Clermont Auvergne (kick-off 1pm, Saturday 12 December) will be live on both channels.
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from France
To watch the Champions Cup in France, beIN Sports is the place to go as they are the rights holders and will show every game live.
It costs €15 a month to access the coverage or if you commit to six months before the end of the year you get a discount of €12 a month.
Certain matches are also available on free-to-air FR2, including Toulon v Sale (kick-off 4.15pm French time) on Saturday 12 December and Racing v Connacht (4.15pm) on Sunday 13 December.
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from elsewhere in Europe
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from the USA
If you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Champions Cup matches is NBC, whose coverage also includes the Gallagher Premiership and Guinness Six Nations.
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from Australia
For those in Australia, beIN Sports now has the rights to show European rugby and will deliver live coverage of 78 Champions and Challenge Cup matches, including all knockout games, in 2020-21.
Access to beIN Sports’ Connect package is $19.99 a month or $179.99 for a year and also includes lots of European football action.
You can also stream beIN Sports’ coverage live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they offer a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from South Africa
SuperSport has the rights to broadcast the Champions Cup in South Africa. There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport.
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from South-East Asia
Again, beIN Sports has the broadcast rights for European rugby in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and other South-East Asia countries.
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from the Caribbean
In the Caribbean, SportsMax is where to head to watch Champions Cup matches.
European Champions Cup live stream: How to watch from elsewhere
EPCR have launched an OTT service, epcrugby.tv, so you can stream live Champions Cup matches outside of its core broadcast territories.
It’s €4.99 to watch a single Champions Cup match and €3.99 for a single Challenge Cup match (no commentary) or you can buy a weekend pass for each round for €8.99.
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