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 2017-18, with Ronnie O’Sullivan taking out the UK Champs. 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 2019 snooker season are 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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2019 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.
2019 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.
UK Championship 2019 TV Preview
The UK Championship 2019 will bring together 128 of the world’s absolute best snooker players in order to vie for the famous UK Championship trophy. In addition to that renowned piece of silverware, the winner will also take home a cool £200,000 for their efforts. In total, £1,009,000 will be up for grabs at the event, with the highest break winning £5,000 and the runner up taking home £75,000.
Ronnie O’Sullivan won the 2018 event, comfortably beating Mark Allen 10-6 in the final. O’Sullivan had defeated Tom Ford 6-1 in the first semi-final, while Allen triumphed over former world champion Start Bingham 6-5 in a close encounter. This year, Mark Allen, Neil Roberton and Selby have already taken out major events, while other big names have struggled for form. But one man, Judd Trump, is continuing his blistering 2019 form and goes into the tournament as favourite, hoping to win a second-ever UK Championship and his first Triple Crown.
UK Championship 2019 Live TV Times (GMT)
|Saturday 30th November||First Round Live||1.15pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Sunday 1sh December||First Round Live||1.00pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Monday 2nd December||First Round Live||1.00pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Tuesday 3rd December||First Round Live||1.00pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Wednesday 4th December||Last 16||1pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Thursday 5th December||Last 16||1pm & 7pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Friday 6th December||Quarter Finals||1pm & 7pm||Eurosport / BBC|
|Saturday 7th November||Semi Finals||TBC||Eurosport / BBC|
|Sunday 8th November||Final||TBC||Eurosport / BBC|
Watch or Stream the 2019-20 Snooker Season Live
In 2019, 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.
2019-20 Snooker Season Live TV Fixtures and Schedule
|26 Nov-8 Dec 2019||UK Championship||Eurosport and BBC|
|9-15 Dec 2019||Scottish Open||Sky Sports and BT Sport|
|12-19 January||Masters (London)||Sky Sports and BT Sport/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|