Euro 2020 is upon us a year late and with it several glorious weeks of bonus summer football. The only possible dampener on events – weather aside – are those pesky commitments that can get in the way.
How EE’s AR foosball superimposed 3D graphics directly onto the Wembley pitch
With sometimes two or three games a day to contend with and a fair few afternoon kickoffs in the UK, a big clutch of afternoon dentist appointments are going to start looking rather suspicious.
Whatever you decide to do and however you decide to see the tournament, here’s our guide on how to watch Euro 2020 online and on TV.
Naturally, there are various tech partnerships around the tournament. Vivo phones are a sponsor as is TikTok, while another Euro 2020 partner Hisense is currently offering up to £1,000 off selected TVs.
England sponsor LG has launched some distinctive England-branded LG FA4 earbuds which you’re able to buy and which were launched by – we did not make this up – a DJ set by former England goalkeeper David James on Wembley Way.
Showcase Cinemas has also announced that it will be showing the England, Scotland and Wales games for free on its big screens.
Watching on TV or online
The rights for the Euros are reasonably straightforward for the UK – they’re shared by the BBC and ITV you can easily watch on BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub. All the games are on TV across ITV and BBC One plus BBC Two or ITV4 if there’s a clash.
Most BBC games are also available in Ultra HD on iPlayer, although be warned that for fixtures where there is a lot of demand there appears to be a significant delay.
If a game is live on ITV, it will also be in full on ITV Hub.
If you are looking to stream a fair bit of Euro 2020 over your mobile broadband connection, then it’s going to eat through your data allowance like nobody’s business. A quick tip would be either to up your current data package or buy yourself a dedicated SIM for the month-long proceedings.
ITV’s coverage is led by Mark Pougatch and Seema Jaswal with ITV seemingly entered into a loan agreement with Sky Sports as there are some familiar names from Sky’s Premier League coverage – Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Graeme Souness. Also on the team are Ian Wright, Ashley Cole, Eni Aluko, Robert Earnshaw, Patrick Vieira, Emma Hayes, Nigel de Jong, John Collins, Joe Ledley, Nadia Nadim, Scott Brown and Andros Townsend.
Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Eilidh Barbour and Mark Chapman will lead the BBC coverage with pundits including Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Interestingly, some recent stats compiled by BT Sport’s Innvoate 21 competition suggested that half (49%) of 2,000 fans that were polled think football is utilising technology best, but they hate the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), voting it the least favourite tech innovation. Interestingly, 360° camera views (26%) and spider/drone cameras (26%) are the most popular recent innovations. We’ll see both of those during Euro 2020.
These are followed by live streaming sports on the go via mobile (22%) and the introduction of 4K and HDR picture quality (21%).
Radio and podcasts
Live coverage of all 51 games is available on Radio 5 Live (or, presumably, 5 Live Sports Extra). BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast is the Daily Euros podcast durig the tournament, too.
The ITV Football Show podcast is also dedicated to the Euros during the tournament.
As you might imagine, Amazon’s Alexa has some bespoke utterances for the event:
“Alexa, who is playing in the European Championship today?””Alexa, set a reminder for the next England/Wales/Scotland match””Alexa, what’s the England/Wales/Scotland score?””Alexa, play the European Championship quiz””Alexa, which footballer am I?””Alexa, who will win the European Championship?””Alexa, tell me a football joke”
If you’re lucky enough to have a Toshiba TV with Alexa built-in, you’ll get something a little different with 25 commonly asked questions on European football – commentator Clive Tyldesley will answer them instead.
You can ask things like “Alexa, what is [team]’s record against [team]?”, or get the lowdown on the countries’ best ever players by asking “Alexa, who is [team]’s best-ever player?”.
You can see a full list of these at Toshiba’s site.
Watching Euro 2020 when abroad
If you happen to be on holiday during Euro 2020, then you’re very lucky indeed given the events of the last year. You can not only watch it without any work commitments in the way but you might also get a touch of local colour, nice weather and maybe even a national team that’s worth supporting.
Naturally, your best bet in this environment is finding a local bar. That said, it might not be as straightforward as that, depending upon your location. You might be able to get around the iPlayer and ITV Player walls with a VPN but alternatively, this is a list of the TV rights holders in other countries for Euro 2020.
Go to their websites and you might find a stream player service all of their own which you can access while on their soil or of course you should be able to find it on TV yourself. Do make sure to use a local SIM if you’re thinking about viewing over cellular, of course.