The Betfred World Snooker Championship is the biggest event on the snooker calendar and draws TV audiences from all over the world. In this article we will explain how you can watch the whole tournament for free from anywhere in the world.
While snooker is a big deal in some parts of the world, it is not so popular in others. This means that there are some countries where the Betfred World Championships will not be televised at all, whereas, in other places, it is so popular it always ends up on expensive cable TV channels.
But it is still available on free-to-air TV in some places, such as the UK, and these channels invariably stream it live online too. That means that, with the help of a VPN, you will be able to access this coverage from anywhere in the world.
Watch Betfred World Championship 2018
The most comprehensive free-to-air coverage of the Betfred World Snooker Championship comes from the BBC. They will stream coverage of every match live and on-demand through their iPlayer streaming service.
The iPlayer is only available to users based in the UK, but by using an app called a Virtual Private Network (or VPN) it is still possible to access it from overseas.
The BBC has gone to extra effort to try and stop VPN users from being able to access the service from abroad. But this has proved fairly futile and while some VPNs are unable to access the iPlayer, many others still are.
Our recommended VPN for accessing the BBC iPlayer to watch the Betfred World Snooker Championships is NordVPN. And to do this, all you need to do is follow this simple step-by-step guide:
- Visit the NordVPN website by clicking this link to their page. Once there, choose one of their affordable subscription packages and sign up by following the simple onscreen instructions.
- You now need to download the NordVPN app onto your device. You can either do this by visiting the VPN apps page of their website or searching for ‘NordVPN’ in your app store.
- Install the app onto your device and then login using the account details you have been given.
- Click on the United Kingdom on the NordVPN map. If the App doesn’t automatically connect, just click the connect button at the top of the page.
- It will take a few moments for NordVPN to connect. Once it has done so, open the BBC iPlayer website and you will now be able to stream all of the Betfred Snooker World Championships.
If you have any trouble getting the iPlayer to work with NordVPN, the best thing to do is to change to a different UK-based server and then try again. NordVPN has more than 500 servers located in the UK available, so it shouldn’t take you long to find one that works.
When is the Betfred World Championship taking place?
The Betfred World Snooker Championships will take place, as always, at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, United Kingdom. This year’s tournament will be held from the 21st April – 7th May.
It is the final event of the Snooker season and promises to be a compelling competition with no fewer than seven former champions taking part in the first round.
Reigning Champion Mark Selby, the Jester from Leicester, has already won this title three times and he will be top seed this year too. He has endured a mixed season, with just two ranking titles to his name so far. But with three World Championship titles in the past four years, he is always a strong contender at the Crucible.
His main challenge is likely to come from the mercurial Ronnie O’Sullivan. Ronnie is still snooker’s star attraction and his exciting brand of attacking snooker has brought him five World Championship titles thus far. His form always depends on his emotional state, but if he is in the mood, there isn’t a player around that can match ‘The Rocket’.
Other players expected to make the latter stages includes China’s Ding Junhui, Snooker’s next young hope, Judd Trump, and the resurgent veteran John Higgins, who lost in the final last year. There is almost always a dark horse who makes a big impact at the World Championships too, but who that will be this year is anybody’s guess.
Recap: What you’ll need
The 2018 Betfred Snooker World Championship is already set up to be a classic and with a VPN you have no excuse not to be glued to your screens for the entire three-week duration of the tournament.
The Championship is broadcast on free-to-air TV, and their online streaming services in a number of countries around the world, with the UK’s BBC offering the most comprehensive service.
Once you have signed up for a VPN (we have recommended NordVPN), all you need to do is connect to a UK-based server and you can watch every minute of the action no matter where in the world you are based.