Its Champions League time! A week before the start of the 2016/17 season I brought you an Ultimate Streaming Guide for the English Premier League, showing you all the different sources used to stream live matches. Tonight the UEFA Champions League officially kicks off so I thought I would do the same thing and introduce a new guide showing the best sources to watch all matches live. This guide will also include the Europa League.
My aim with this article is to compile a list for all the alternative methods of streaming the UEFA Champions League (and Europa) into one area and create the ultimate guide. As the competitions progress and new methods become known I will continue to keep this page updated! So don’t forget to bookmark it.
MY RECOMMENDATION – Ivacy VPN + FOX Soccer 2 Go Pass
As usual I’ll start off by posting the method which I will personally be using to watch the Champions League this season. I put a lot of time, effort and research into this and came to the conclusion that the best STABLE and RELIABLE way was to purchase a “FOX Soccer 2 Go” pass and use a VPN to fake my location to the US.
This pass will also give you access to English FA cup matches.
So if you decide to purchase the Fox Soccer 2 Go pass it will cost you a ONE OFF payment of €45.00 (which isn’t bad at all). It will give you full access to the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and England international matches until MAY 2017. As I said in my other guide.. I don’t mind paying a bit of money if I know I’m going to be getting a reliable service. In addition you will also have to purchase Ivacy VPN which will let you unblock geo-restricted websites. Ivacy is very cheap, its literally $1.66 per month (which can all be payed in full for 12 months). If you need any help regarding this method of have any questions then feel free to shoot me an email using the contact link above. Remember the saying “You get what you pay for.” – There is no such thing as a free reliable method.
Acestream is probably the best method for streaming matches (and probably the most well known). For those who aren’t familiar with Acestream it’s basically a P2P video streaming app that can be used to play channels which are broadcast by other people. It’s great a great way to watch for people who don’t always have the fastest internet connection and who constantly deal with buffering. Acestream can be downloaded from here.
Two things that are probably worth noting – Acestream only runs natively on Windows meaning there is no installer for Mac OSX users. HOWEVER have no fear as I have made a tutorial showing how to run Acestream on a Mac using KODI. The tutorial can be found here. The second is only a minor note but still probably worth mentioning. Sometimes when using Acestream to watch a specific football match, they aren’t always available in English commentary. It’ll always comes down to who’s broadcasting the stream and where they’re from. This is only a minor issue but it’s still probably worth mentioning.
Where can I find Acestream channels? – So now you know all about Acestream I guess the biggest question is where can you find the channels. Acestream channels are more referred to as IDs and come in the form link of Acestream:// – There are 2 main external websites (that I use) that index matches a few hours before kickoff such as livefootballol and livetv.sx. If I know a match is going to kick off at 7.45pm UK time then I can slip over to one of the two websites, click the match I want and it will provide me with an Acestream ID link. I can simply click that ID and it’ll launch Acestream (providing you have it installed).
Mac OSX users will have a slightly different process of having to copy/paste the channel ID into KODI manually but I explain all that over here.
Sopcast is another P2P video streaming app which you can install on your system, however unlike Acestream its not as popular (meaning it has limited selection for content). Never the less you still can use it to stream football matches. When browsing livefootballol or livetv.sx you will sometimes have the choice to pick the stream in either Acestream or Sopcast. Sometimes a certain match might only be on one or the other. One of the pros to using Sopcast is that its native to both Windows and Mac OSX. You can download Sopcast here
SoccerStreams – Subreddit
If you’re not familiar with the good people over on the subreddit SoccerStreams forum then its definitely one worth checking out and bookmarking. They index almost every football match from every league that’s being played, even hours before kick off; They also provide links (with multiple different sources in case one goes down). If you’re looking to simply stream matches through a flash video player in your browser then this is definitely the way to go. A nice feature included is that they label so you know if its going to be SD, HD, Mobile compatible etc.. Although these streams might not always be the best quality or reliable its worth checking out.
Live Wire – Sky Sports / BT Sports (iOS App)
Those looking a more portable method, I made a tutorial a few days ago for an app called Live Wire which you can view here. This app can be side loaded onto your device (iPad or iPhone), it gives you access to both Sky Sports 1-5 and BT Sports 1 & 2 in HD with a full programme schedule. I believe Sky Sports broadcasts some of the UEFA Champions League matches so it might be worth a look. Live Wire also has other premium features which will allow for more international channels and the function of allowing you to AirPlay them to your TV if you have an Apple TV device.
Ultimately I know its not ideal watching sports on your portable devices but hey… If you’re struggling for a working stream then this is somewhat reliable and it works.
KODI Add-ons / Builds
There are various different add-ons and builds which you can install for KODI, this is a major part of what my blog specializes in. I will list some of the popular ones below that I’ve made tutorials for. Its worth nothing that not all these add-ons are reliable, they will go up and down from time to time.
- Sports Devil
- Saturn TV (Not sure if still running)
- Paradox Build
- P2P-Sport (Requires Plexus + Acestream)
More Coming Soon…
If you feel like you want a more stable and reliable method of watching the Champions League there are also some services which you can pay an annual subscription and they will provide you will premium HD content which is almost always guaranteed to work. I haven’t used any of these before so I cant vouch for how good they are. Please make sure you do your own research on them.
If you live outside the UK or Australia you can use Ivacy VPN to access these two websites which occasionally play the odd Champions League match live.