Despite its humble beginnings as a pub game, professional darts has grown to a level which rivals many other individual sports. The PDC – Professional Darts Corporation – is the biggest and most prestigious darts organisation of the lot. Offering excellent prize money and top-quality competition, the PDC attracts the best of the best when it comes to darts. Whether watching the coverage live and uninterrupted on your couch or from your mobile device, you’re guaranteed not to miss a moment of the action.
How to Watch the PDC Darts on UK TV
Although darts have been traditionally dominated by players from the UK, darts has gone international in recent years. Players from across the globe are not just taking part in competitions regularly; they are genuinely challenging the status quo. In recent years, Dutchman Michael van Grewen has become the most dominant player on the darts landscape.
Van Grewen won the 2014, 2017 and 2019 PDC Darts World Championship – becoming just the second Dutchman to do so. His wins have been punctuated by two victories – in 2015 and 2016 – for Scot Gary Anderson, while Englishman Rob Cross won in 2018. The international spread of darts has meant the standard of competition is better than ever – perfect for rusted on darts fans or newcomers alike.
The 2019 PDC Calendar features a number of new events and tournaments, including an expanded Premier League, several new host cities and a range of one-off events with lucrative prize packages. With the 2019 Premier League won by that man van Gerwen, we move onto the final stand-alone championship events of the year.
The PDC Darts Live on Sky Sports and NOW TV
Sky Sports has signed an exclusive deal with PDC Darts, bringing you the 2019 PDC Darts Season and World Championship events live on UK TV. All the biggest darts events of 2019 will be shown on Sky Sports live and commercial free, from the Premier League rounds and playoffs to the World Championships and Grands Prix. Sky’s commentary team is made up of a who’s who of ex-players and pundits, including David Croft, Rod Studd, Nigel Pearson, Stuart Pyke, John Part, Rod Harrington and Wayne Mardle.
NOW TV, a part of the Sky stable, has the exact same programming as Sky Sports and offer daily, weekly and monthly passes. These are perfect if you’re just looking to catch one of the big events like the Premier League playoffs, or any other tournament without making a long-term commitment. You can tune into the event live online at home, or on your mobile device while on the go.
Other than Sky Sports, the other major broadcaster to bring PDC Darts into homes across the UK is the PDC itself. PDC TV shows the Players Championship competition, as well as a number of other one offs – but will require a paid subscription which can be taken on a monthly or yearly basis.
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PDC Darts on Free to Air (ITV 4)
Aside from Sky Sports and PDC TV, those wanting to get their PDC Professional Darts free to air fix can do so through ITV 4. ITV 4 do not show every event; their main focus is the international Darts Masters tournaments. In 2019 these are being held in the United States and Germany (July), as well as Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia and Hamilton in New Zealand (August). Later in the year, ITV 4 screens the European Championships (Oct 24-27), the World Series of Darts Finals (Nov 1-3) and the Players Championship Finals (Nov 22-24). BBC Sports will also televise the Champions League of Darts in late October.
William Hill World Championship TV Preview
The major darts event in December is the William Hill World Championship, which takes place from December 13th to January 1st at Alexandra Palace, England. Michael Van Gerwen is the defending champion at the event – and if recent form is anything to go by, goes into the tournament as a firm favourite. Jelle Klaasen opens the tournament against the Kevin Burness in the first round stage. The final takes place on New Year’s Day, January 1st 2020.
William Hill World Championship Live TV Times (GMT)
|Friday 13 to Monday 18 Dec||First Round Live||12.30pm & 7pm||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Tuesday 19 to Saturday 21 Dec||Second Round Live||12.30pm & 7pm||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Sunday 22 to Tuesday 24 Dec||Third Round Live||12.30pm & 7pm||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Friday 27 Dec||Third Round Live||12.30pm & 7pm||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Saturday 28 Dec||Fourth Round Live||12.30pm & 7pm||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Sunday 29 Dec||Quarter Finals Live||12.30pm & 7pm||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Monday 30 Dec||Semi-Finals||7pm||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|January 1 Jan||Final||7pm||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
Watch or Stream the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship Live
In 2019, Sky Sports is televising the William Hill World Darts Championship, in Ultra HD, with replays of the sessions you may have missed. This includes every round of the tournament, as well as the option to stream the William Hill World Darts Championship to a variety of eligible mobile devices using the free Sky Go app should it be more convenient. If you’re interested in full access to this action take a moment to review the Sky Sports plus Entertainment package, which requires an 18-month commitment and the necessary equipment.
If you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t involve a long-term commitment, you may wish to check out NOW TV, which offers shorter, more flexible deals. With NOW TV you can watch every televised session of the William Hill World Darts Championship online using a compatible device or available app, while receiving the exact same broadcast experience and coverage as Sky Sports. NOW TV offers the choice of adding a Sky Sports day pass, weekly pass or monthly pass, and there’s no setup or equipment fees, so you can start watching within minutes of plugging it in.
PDC World Darts 2019 Live TV Fixtures and Schedule
|13 December – 1 January 2020||William Hill World Championship||Sky Sports/NOW TV|