So we've made it to the final after a fortnight of fascinating snooker from the 2019 World Snooker Championship. It's been a vintage year featuring the most century breaks ever, the first whitewash in decades and, of course, one of the biggest shock results in the history of sport! And with this guide you can find out how to get a World Championship snooker live stream from absolutely anywhere in the world you are.
The World Snooker Championship is back at its Sheffield, UK home of the Crucible Theatre.
This year's action spans the fortnight from Saturday, April 20 until the final taking place over two days on May 5 and 6.
It all got started when world number one and snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of 23-year-old amateur James Cahill in the first round. Astonishing stuff - Ronnie was the pre-tournament favourite for this year's crown.
But now we've reached the final - John Higgins vs Judd Trump. If that sounds familiar, then you may be remembering the 2011 World Snooker Championship final when Higgins won the same matchup. That was the last of the Wizard of Wishaw's four world titles to date, and this is is third final in a row. Judd Trump on the other hand, is still seeking his first crown. His potting throughout the tournament has been extraordinary...can the 29-year-old left-hander win the big one at the Crucible?
The great news is that getting a snooker live stream of the 2019 World Championship is really easy, as the BBC has the rights to show it in all its glory. And even if you're going to be outside the UK keep reading as we’ll show you how to watch from wherever you are.
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How to watch the Snooker World Championships for free in the UK
The BBC goes all out with its coverage of the national treasure that is the World Snooker Championship. So if you're in the UK and you have a TV license, then you can catch it on BBC Two for the live broadcast, using the Red Button for alternate tables, and a nightly highlights show on BBC Two.
If you're not in front of a television, then the iPlayer or BBC Sport app is the way to go for uninterrupted action and your pick of what to watch.
The other way to watch the BBC online is to go via TVPlayer.com, which doesn't hosts all of the UK's free-to-air channels without having to worry about hopping around from site-to-site or app-to-app. Easy as a straight red into the corner pocket.
Live stream the Snooker World Championship from outside your country
If you're not in the UK this fortnight and find the BBC coverage geo-blocked where you are, then there are still ways you can watch. Firstly, you can scroll down to see international viewing options.
Or, if you're still struggling, get out of this tricky snooker with a VPN. It's really easy to do - and even easier with our three step guide below.
1. Download and install a VPN
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2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do. Choose UK to live stream the Snooker World Championship 2019 using the link below.
3. Go to TVPlayer.com
The TVPlayer service is a free, legal way to stream the snooker live. Among the channels on offer is the BBC, which broadcasts the live stream of the main matches, plus a nightly highlight show.
Live stream the Snooker World Championship on Facebook
If you don’t happen to live in the UK, don’t worry as the 2019 World Championship is again being broadcast in more than 30 countries around the world for free on Facebook. The list of countries included features the US, Pakistan, India, Brazil, Colombia and more from the Americas and Asia.
All you need is a Facebook login to watch the live action, with your choice of which table to watch at any one time. Head on over to the World Snooker Facebook page to watch.
How to watch the Snooker World Championship in Australia
Neil Robertson is looking in great form to reclaim his World Championship and Eurosport has the rights to stream the snooker live in Australia. It looks like you'll need to get it by adding Eurosport to your Foxtel subscription.
How to watch a snooker live stream in Canada
Long gone are the days of Canada's golden generation of snooker players - remember names like Alain Robidoux, Bill Werbeniuk, Kirk Stevens and the first ever overseas World Champion Cliff Thorburn?
But DAZN is the channel with all the coverage in Canada. Canadians are also offered the one month free trial, - so easily long enough to see it through to its conclusion - though subscriptions are $20 per month or $150 annually at present.
Of course, if you are outside Canada, you can follow the VPN route above and tune in with a DAZN log-in all the same.