World Snooker Championship live stream: How to watch the 2020 finals for free

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World Snooker Championship at a glance

The 2020 World Snooker Championship finals start at 10 a.m. BST local time / 5 a.m. ET on both Saturday (Aug. 15) anmd Sunday (Aug. 16). Coverage begins on Eurosport at 10 a.m. and BBC channels pick up the tourney at 1:15 p.m. BST on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. BST on Sunday.

The 2020 World Snooker Championship finals are almost here, so fire up your snooker live streams (or at least figure out where to watch the event). And the Crucible Theatre hasn't just re-opened, it's going to let fans in for the weekend to see the finals in person.

But while snooker hasn't captured the hearts of Americans, we still have a way to watch the action broadcast from Sheffield. These streams will be essential for anyone trying to see if defending champ Trump can back-to-back the Crucible, and break the venue's curse. 

Currently, Kyren Wilson (England) is in the lead, advancing past Anthony McGill (Scotland) in a 13-11 win. Wilson's got momentum and history (in a way) on his side, after beating 2019 World Snooker Champion Judd Trump in the previous round. 

Also vying for the finals are Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby, with the latter pulling away after a 76 break that gave him a 2-frame lead.

In total, the Crucible will welcome around 300 fans in total for the weekend's play. This is being seen as a sort of pilot program for sports in the U.K. and could lead to more socially distanced fans as soon as October.

Here's how to watch snooker live streams online and see the World Snooker Championship for free:

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World Snooker Championship for free? Yes, the UK gets Snooker live streams gratis

Those in the UK and the Republic of Ireland have it easiest, as the BBC is just giving the World Snooker Championship away for free, with BBC One, Two, and Four being the home for live broadcasts of the weeks play. Trying to find highlights and other tables? That red button is your one click destination for additional content. 

No TV? No bother. The iPlayer streaming service gives you direct access, and sign up's a breeze. 

Snooker live streams from anywhere else

If you're out of the UK/Ireland area, on holiday perhaps?, you are not robbed of the chance for the free Snooker live stream. Brits and Irish alike don't need to be stymied by geo-fencing restrictions, which can be avoided by using a virtual private network, or VPN. That's how you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town, and access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well. Here are our top picks.


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Snooker live streams are free in Canada too

Oh Canada! Your great 1-month free trial of DAZN means you get the whole length of the World Snooker Championship, plus two weeks extra, on the house. Afterwards, if you decide to keep the service, you can spend another $20 per month to keep it.

Canadians who've gone Spider-Man and gotten far from home can try one of our best VPN picks to watch the snooker live streams however they please.

Snooker live streams in the US: how to watch the 2020 World Championship

Over here in America, you'll be faced with getting in Da Zone, or as they spell it DAZN, to watch the World Snooker Championship. So, if you're taking to the sport, despite not having an American to root for, you have a stream that's there just for you (and might speak a version of English you're more familiar with). 

DAZN is $20 per month and packs a lot of boxing and cricket in so it can appeal beyond just the fans of Snooker.

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.