World Open snooker live stream 2024: How to watch China's top tournament online

Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan gets down on a shot ahead of the World China Open 2024
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Almost five years after Judd Trump clinched the title in Jiangxi province, the World Open makes is back. No.10 seed Ding Junhui is expected to lead the Chinese charge at Yushan Sport Centre – but can he get the better of Ronnie O'Sullivan? Here's where to watch World Open snooker live streams online for FREE – from anywhere. 

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Dates: Monday, March 18 – Sunday, March 24
FREE streams: CCTV5 (CH)
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Trump is the top seed in the draw, with Luca Brecel seeded No.2, O'Sullivan No.3, and Mark Allen No.4. However, there's one major caveat. The tournament will incorporate the back end of qualifying, which started in Barnsley in January but was deliberately left incomplete.

What's more, the contingent yet to secure a place in the 2024 World Open proper includes Ding, Trump and Brecel, three of its biggest stars. 

Neil Robertson is another player to keep an eye on. The Aussie is in the midst of one of the most difficult periods of his career, having the entirety of last year without winning a single title. He's safely in the draw, but is a return to form imminent?

Follow our guide to get a World Open snooker live stream from all over the world - including any FREE streams.

How to watch World Open snooker for free


Snooker fans based in China can watch the 2024 World Open on free-to-air CCTV5 China. The tournament is also being shown on Migu and Huya.

The early sessions typically start at 9.30am CST each day, with the later sessions beginning at 2.30pm and at 7.30pm.

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 snooker wherever you are.

Unblock any stream with a VPN

If you're keen to watch the 2024 World Open snooker but you're away from home and the coverage is geo-blocked, then you could always use a VPN to access it (assuming you're not breaching any broadcaster T&Cs, of course). You may be surprised by how simple it is to do.

Use a VPN to live stream World Open from anywhere

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

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 CCTV

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How to watch a World Open snooker live stream in the UK


Live coverage of the 2024 World Open comes courtesy of Eurosport and its streaming arm Discovery+ in the UK. 

Just be warned that the early sessions typically start at 1.30am GMT. Fortunately, the later sessions start at a friendlier 6.30am and 11.30am.

A subscription costs £6.99 per month, and lets you tune in on a wide range of devices, as well as the Eurosport TV channels. 

If you're outside the UK but want to tap into your usual coverage, check out out NordVPN and follow the instructions above.

How to watch a World Open snooker live stream in Australia, Canada and the US


Snooker fans in Australia, Canada and the US can watch the 2024 World Open unfold on Matchroom Live

There's currently a month pass available for just $4.99. Alternatively, you can sign up for a day pass for $1.99 per day, or an annual pass for $49.99.

As well as the snooker, Matchroom Live shows live pool, boxing, darts, golf, and plenty more. The only catch is that its device compatibility is fairly limited. You can watch the snooker on your desktop, laptop or mobile - or Chromecast it to your TV.

Play typically starts at 6.30pm PT / 9.30pm ET / 12.30pm AEDT each day. The later sessions start at 11.30pm PT / 2.30am ET / 5.30pm AEDT, and at 4.30am PT / 7.30am ET / 10.30pm AEDT.

If you're abroad and want to keep up with a snooker live stream on Matchroom Live, you'll need a good VPN.

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.