Far from the game we tend to gravitate towards after a few pints down at the pub, professional snooker is a fast-paced, precise and highly skilled game which attracts competitors from all over the world. With the highlights of the snooker 2019-20 season including the UK Championship, the Masters and the World Championship – as well as a number of other events which are set to take place across the globe – there’s never been a better time to be a snooker fan in the UK. 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 2019-20 Snooker Season on UK TV
From the shadowy pool halls of our youth, something unexpected happened to what many of us thought was a secret pleasure – it exploded internationally. Snooker and all its associated variants have tended to be dominated by Brits – or at least members of the extended Commonwealth – but in recent years, the game has grown in popularity in China, Iran, Brazil, Poland and Thailand. These days – despite Englishmen making up the lion’s share of the field, snooker is truly international.
So who’s in with a shot in 2019 and 2020? Judd Trump won both the Masters and the World Championship title in 2018-19, with Ding Junhui taking out the UK Champs in December 2020. Internationally, China’s Luo Honghao and Poland’s Adam Stefanow are two of the most successful – with both blazing a trail for the sport in their home countries. That said, with most of the events taking place in the UK, there’s a serious home ground advantage for anyone from the British Isles.
Among the must-see events in the 2020 snooker season is the English Open, the first Home Nations Event of the season where last year’s finalists Stuart Bingham and Mark Davis are set to go head-to-head again, the Northern Ireland Open, where Mark Williams will be out for revenge against Ali Carter, and the UK Championship where Ronnie O’Sullivan will look to win his third crown in a row.
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2020 Snooker Season Live on Sky Sports and NOW TV
Sky Sports and BT TV have emerged as perhaps snooker’s most important broadcast partners in recent years and will again bring you the 2019-20 snooker season live on UK TV. Both Sky Sports and BT Sport will be showing every tournament and event live and commercial free – from established local events to up and coming tournaments. The two networks’ support for snooker runs deep. Whether screening major tournaments exclusively – or working together with a free to air provider such as the BBC when an event has particular relevance to British fans – Sky Sports and BT Sport have the most comprehensive snooker coverage in the UK.
Sky Sports and BT Sport’s modern approach to broadcasting makes it an industry leader when it comes to innovations, with the network making a significant investment in ensuring that the viewing experience is excellent. From linking with your smart TV at home for a full surround-sound experience – to running apps on computers, phones, tablets and other devices – the networks have a variety of options no matter where you choose to watch.
2020 Snooker Season on Free to Air
British viewers are lucky to have another major UK provider to bring snooker to their screens. The BBC is the UK’s official snooker free to air broadcaster, and while they do not televise all of the notable events, the BBC does offer some of the popular UK tournaments. The list includes the UK Championship, the Masters and the World Championship. The BBC TV commentary team is led by commentators Hazel Irvine and Seema Jaswal. They will be supported by a who’s who of snooker greats to bring you experience and insights, including Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Parrott, Alan McManus, John Virgo and Dennis Taylor.
Masters 2020 TV Preview
The Masters 2020 will bring together the top 16 players in the world to battle it out in this non-ranking triple crown event. In addition to the highly sought-after Masters Trophy, the winner will also take home a cool £250,000 for their efforts. In total, £725,000 will be up for grabs at the event, with the highest break winning £15,000 and the runner up taking home £100,000.
Judd Trump won the 2019 event, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 in the final. Trump had defeated Neil Robertson 6-4 in the first semi-final, while O’Sullivan triumphed over the in-form Ding Junhui 6-3 in the second semi. This year, Ding Junhui, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams have already taken out major events, while other big names have struggled for form. But one man, Judd Trump, is continuing his blistering 2019/20 form and goes into the tournament as the favourite, hoping to win back to back Masters titles.
The Dafabet Masters 2020 Live TV Times (GMT)
|Sunday 12th January||First Round Live||13.00 & 18.45pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Monday 13th January||First Round Live||13.00 & 18.45pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Tuesday 14th January||First Round Live||13.00 & 18.45pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Wednesday 15th January||First Round Live||13.00 & 18.45pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Thursday 16th December||Quarter Finals Live||13.00 & 18.45pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Friday 17th January||Quarter Finals Live||13.00 & 18.45pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Saturday 18th January||Semi Finals Live||13.00 & 18.45pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Sunday 19th January||Final Live||13.00 & 18.45pm||Eurosport / BBC|
Watch or Stream the 2019-20 Snooker Season Live
In 2020, Sky Sports, BBC, Eurosport and BT Sport are televising most major snooker events live. This includes every round and finals match live, with the events televised ad-free to enhance your viewing, as well as the option of streaming snooker live to a variety of compatible mobile devices. More than one fan in the house, you can stream on more than one eligible device at the same time ensuring you won’t miss a key moment. Snooker is carried on Sky Sports and BT Sport through Eurosport, a channel which is known for its selective programming.
2020 Snooker Season Live TV Fixtures and Schedule
|12-19 January||Masters (London)||Eurosport/BBC|
|29 Jan-2 Feb||German Masters||Sky Sports and BT Sport|
|10-16 February||Welsh Open||Sky Sports and BT Sport/BBC|
|20-23 February||Shoot Out||Sky Sports and BT Sport|
|11-15 March||Gibraltar Open||Sky Sports and BT Sport|
|30 March-5 April||China Open||Sky Sports and BT Sport|
|8-15 April||World Snooker Championship Qualifiers||Eurosport|
|18 April-4 May||World Snooker Championship 2020||Eurosport/BBC|