How to watch Thomas and Uber Cup 2021 live streams online from anywhere

Chinese badminton players playing doubles during Thomas Cup
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Team China captured the Sudirman trophy for a record-extending 12th time just days ago, and the battle with Japan is back on at the Thomas and Uber Cup. It looks set to be another cracking tournament, so read on as we explain how get a 2021 Thomas Cup live stream and watch BWF badminton online from anywhere.

Thomas Cup live stream 2021

Dates: October 9-17

Venue: Ceres Arena, Aarhus, Denmark

FREE live stream:

Global live streams: Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar (IN) | CCTV (CH) | BT Sport (UK)

Watch anywhere: try ExpressVPN 100% risk-free

China enter as the defending Thomas Cup champions - having beaten Japan in the final at Bangkok 2018 - while Japan are the reigning Uber Cup champions. Though Akane Yamaguchi will still be stinging from that lop-sided defeat to China in Vantaa last weekend, where she took Japan's solitary victory.

Momota Kento is under pressure to deliver after his defeat at the hands of Shi Yuqi, as the host nation's hopes are pinned to the shoulders of Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Viktor Axelsen, who was part of the Denmark team that won the Thomas Cup in 2016.

Thailand fell at the last hurdle in the Uber Cup three years ago, and will be led by Ratchanok Intanon. Can they break the recent China-Japan duopoly?

Read on to find out how to get a badminton live stream from all over the world - including how to watch the Thomas Cup free online in many countries.

How to watch a FREE Thomas and Uber Cup live stream

If you don't live in a country where the tournament is being shown by a big-name broadcaster, the good news is that many people can get a 100% free badminton Thomas Cup live stream on

It's completely free to watch and compatible with most modern devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, Macs, Smart TVs, consoles and more, but Thomas Cup coverage will be restricted in most countries where the tournament is being shown by local broadcasters (places like India and the UK). 

If you're abroad right now and still want to keep up with a badminton live stream on, you'll need a VPN (as explained below). Otherwise, you'll be limited to the highlights.

How to watch Thomas and Uber Cup from outside your country

We've set out below the ways you can watch Thomas Cup live streams in a number of countries around the world. However, if you're away travelling for work or pleasure, you probably won't be able to watch the badminton like you normally would at home.

That's the result of geo-blocking - best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to certain parts of the world. A good streaming VPN can let you get around these digital borders, while also offering robust protection from cybercriminals and government snooping.

Use a VPN to live stream badminton from anywhere

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Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location

3. Go to the broadcaster's live stream - so, in this case, just head to the site

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Thomas Cup live stream 2021: how to watch badminton online in India


Star Sports subscribers in India can watch the Thomas and Uber Cup live either via the Star Sports TV channels or by getting a Disney+ Hotstar streaming subscription.

Disney Plus Hotstar plans start at Rs 499 for the VIP package, and the all-access content plan costs Rs 1,499.

Play starts at 12pm IST on most days of the tournament.

Those of you wanting to live stream Thomas Cup action on the move will need to use the Hotstar app, which is available via the web, Android, iOS, and Apple TV.

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How to watch a 2021 Thomas Cup live stream in China


China is the dominant force in the Thomas and Uber Cup, and badminton fans can tune into this year's tournament on CCTV 5.

The action typically starts at 2.30pm CST each day, continuing into the early hours.

If there are any internet-related obstacles in your way or if you want to access your preferred feed from outside of China, you can use a VPN to watch the badminton wherever you are.

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How to watch 2021 Thomas Cup: live stream badminton in the UK


The 2021 Thomas Cup is being shown on BT Sport in the UK, with coverage starting at 7.30am BST on most days of the tournament, and continuing through the day and well into the night. 

Don't forget that a the £25 BT Sport monthly sports pass is now available, so you can get all that badminton goodness without a long-term commitment.

The BT Sport app will let subscribers watch the baseball on any number of devices, including mobiles, tablets, consoles and smart TVs.

If you find yourself outside the UK and want to watch the Thomas and Uber Cup like you would at home, don't worry about geo-blocks on your account – simply grab a VPN and follow the instructions above to live stream the action. 

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.