The live football streaming landscape has taken another twist this week after Stan Sport clinched the rights to the hugely popular UEFA Champions League. The news comes just weeks after Network Ten confirmed they will broadcast the A-League, meaning world soccer from next season will be fragmented across five providers.
Stan Sports Champions League Broadcast Deal
The Stan deal for the Champions League is set to run from 2021-24 in Australia. The competition is one of the most-watched club football tournaments and includes giants of the game such as Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain. Every game from the group stages (September – December 2021) and knock out phases (February – May 2022) will be available to watch live via Stan Sport.
It is not known at this time whether the UEFA Champions League qualifiers (June – August) will be made available on the streaming service. These games would potentially involve Celtic, a team now coached by former Socceroos head-honcho Ange Postecoglou.
As well as Champions League, Stan has also secured the rights to the UEFA Europa League and the newly formed third-tier competition, the UEFA Conference League. These two tournaments have been set up as a way to allow teams to continue European football if and when they get eliminated from another competition.
How to Watch and Stream Stan Sport
To watch Stan Sport you first need a standard Stan subscription, which costs $10 per month. An additional $10 per month is required to watch the sports streaming platform, meaning a total of $20 per month to watch UEFA Champions League. You can, however, take advantage of a Stan 30 day free trial for both to check it all out first
Stan Sport also has the rights to Super Rugby, the Rugby Championship, Wimbledon Tennis and French Open Tennis. Selected rugby matches will be made available via Stan’s parent free-to-air channel, Nine.
Football rights in Australia
If you want to have access to every live soccer match in Australia from the start of the 2021/22 season you will need multiple sports streaming subscriptions. This means you could be looking at upwards of $80 per month to watch everything from A-League and Champions League to La Liga and the English FA Cup. Here we look at who has the rights to what after the Stan deal.
Optus were the previous rights holder for the last cycle of UEFA Champions League football in Australia. Optus Sport still has exclusivity on the English Premier League, as well as international tournaments like the 2021 Copa America and 2020 Euros. The EPL is one of the biggest domestic league competitions in the world and features teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. Optus Sports is available for free as part of selected mobile and internet plans, or for $14.99 per month if you don’t have one.
One of the biggest rosters when it comes to world football in Australia is on Kayo Sports. Thanks to their links with Fox Sports, they have the rights to major leagues like La Liga (Spain), Series A (Italy), Ligue 1 (France) and the Bundesliga (Germany). Games from all of these competitions come via the three beIN channels available with the service.
You can also watch competitions featuring all EPL teams via the FA Cup and EFL Cup. Replays of EPL games featuring Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are also available after every round. You can access Kayo with a 14 Day free trial offer for new customers.
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You can also stream all of the football available with Fox Sports via Foxtel Now, which currently has a 10 day free trial. After your free trial is over you can get your first three months (Essentials Pack + Sports) for only $29 per month (usually $54 per month) until July 14th, 2021. There is no lock-in contract required with Foxtel Now to take advantage of this offer.
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Network Ten and Paramount Plus
The recent deal between Network Ten/Paramount Plus and Australian soccer means that all A-League games, as well as international matches featuring the Socceroos and the Matildas, will be broadcast between free to air and the Paramount Plus streaming platform. Paramount+ arrives in Australia in August 2021, with subscriptions expected to cost $8.99 per month.
If you’re keen on Women’s Champions League football, the K-League, Chinese Super League and Austrian Bundesliga, then Sports Flick will retain the rights for these competitions in 2021/22. Sports Flick is available for $14.99 per month, with a reduced $99.99 option for 12 months.
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Streaming Devices for Watching Football
Streaming football at home on your favourite device has never been easier. Here we have selected some of the best devices on the market today for streaming everything from A-League and UEFA Champions League to La Liga and the FA Cup.
For years, Apple TV devices have been an ideal instant streaming solution that does it all. There are two models available – Apple TV HD handles video up to 1080p, while Apple TV 4K adds full support for 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision. Kayo Sports is great on Apple TV, with flawless 4-way Split View.
A hugely popular low-cost streaming solution, Google’s Chromecast got a make-over in 2020, and now comes in two very different flavours. The basic Chromecast is still available, but the newer Google TV version (which replaces the Ultra) adds a remote control and an on-screen interface.
Foxtel Now Box
Foxtel’s own streaming box is an Android TV device that brings the Foxtel Now experience front and centre in its user interface – making it a natural choice if your preferred way of streaming sports is via the live channels that Foxtel Now offers, with on-demand streaming and live free-to-air channels as well.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
This easy alternative comes in three flavours – a budget Lite model, the standard one, and a 4K version. All of them are simple “plug in and go” stick-shaped devices that work similarly to Google’s newest Chromecast, except these use Amazon’s custom user interface and support Alexa voice control.
Nvidia Shield TV
A powerful Android TV streaming device from one of the world’s leading PC graphics companies comes in the form of a small “tube” with connections at either end, along with a slim backlit remote control. It can easily deal with every streaming app under the sun, including Kayo and Foxtel.