‘Tis the season to fling tungsten. And in that spirit Sky have announced a major deal to remain the home of darts until at least 2025.
With so much darts on Sky headed our way over the coming years, when and how to watch darts on Sky is becoming a pressing question. With Sky seemingly monopolising the rights to this great sport, if you are currently outside the UK it may be a concern as to how you can watch darts on Sky over the coming years. Read below for Liberty Shield’s easy solution to this question.
As Sky Sports prepares to broadcast its 25th World Darts Championship, the Professional Darts Corporation has agreed a new seven-year broadcast deal that will take Sky’s coverage of the sport into a fourth decade.
Running until 2025, Sky customers will be able to watch the best of live darts throughout the year including the sport’s biggest tournament, the William Hill World Darts Championship, as well as the 16-week Unibet Premier League, and the prestigious BetVictor World Matchplay.
Sky Sports’ relationship with the PDC started in 1993/1994 when it broadcast the World Championship, darts on sky has evolved from its first home at the Circus Tavern in Essex with 24 players and a prize pot of £64,000 to the world-famous Alexandra Palace in London with triple the number of competitors and a prize fund of £1.8million.
The new contract will give Sky Sports customers 60 days of live darts throughout each year, featuring the William Hill World Championship, Unibet Premier League, BetVictor World Matchplay, bwin Grand Slam of Darts, Unibet World Grand Prix and Betway World Cup of Darts.
For the first time, Sky Sports customers will be able to enjoy new, dedicated, darts programming across the year, including The Darts Show – a 12-episode, monthly magazine programme exclusive to the Sky Sports Action & Arena channels from January 2018. The channels will also broadcast the Unibet Premier League live, including the inaugural night in Berlin – a new host city on the 16-stop tour and home to the fastest growing darts market in the world.
With the William Hill World Darts Championship starting today, fans can enjoy every session live and exclusive on Sky Sports Darts HD (channel 408). The Sky Sports Main Event channel will also simulcast live play on specific days, and non-Sky customers can follow all the action with daily, weekly or monthly sports passes from NOW TV.
The announcement of more darts on sky continues a series of strong major rights deals for Sky Sports over the past twelve months; including deals with the EFL and ECB, Women’s Six Nations Rugby, UEFA Qualifiers, and from 2019, Sky Sports will become the exclusive home of Formula 1 in the UK & ROI.
PDC World Darts Championship on Sky Sports
Sky Sports will show the World Darts Championship and you can watch on Sky Sports for free via Sky Go (if you are a Sky customer or have friends or family in the UK with access). Alternatively you can buy a Now TV pass for Sky Sports; Day, Week and Month sports passes are available.
Obviously it’s not just Darts you can watch. Sky Sports also have the UK rights to English Premier League, La Liga, Scottish Premier League, MLS, International Football and English Championship. Other popular sports on Sky include Formula One, Cricket, Rugby, and Golf.
So how do you watch darts on sky live from anywhere?
- Get a British IP address.
- If you just want to watch on your PC, Mac or iPad. Then you can get a UK VPN from Liberty Shield from only £6.99 per month.
- Prefer to watch on supported media streaming devices? Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and PS4? You’ll need a UK configured VPN Router setup for only £12.99 with Worldwide Shipping.
Furthermore Sky Sports and Now TV aren’t the only geographically-censored streaming services a VPN or Proxy will allow you to access. Other UK services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Sky Go are available.
Plus with the option to switch to our USA service whenever you like, you can access Hulu, HBO GO, Netflix and Pandora.
Essentially you can access international content from virtually anywhere!
2017/2018 William Hill World Darts Championship – Schedule of Play:
Saturday December 30 (7.30pm)
Monday January 1 (8pm)