How to watch the Champions League liveon May 16, 2023 at 11:20 Tech Advisor


It’s the business end of the Champions League, with just two matches between the four remaining teams and the trophy.

Man City are slight favourites to make it to the final after a 1-1 draw, but you can never rule out Real. The holders and 14-time winners will believe they can go all the way once again.

In the other semi-final, Inter Milan beat their city rivals AC 2-0 last week in what was technically their away leg. But with both matches being played at the San Siro, it’s by no means game over yet.

Here’s how to watch both matches this week, whether you’re based in the UK or elsewhere.

Champions League fixtures

Both semi-final second legs take place this week. Kick-off times below are in BST (current UK time), with every game live on BT Sport in the UK as usual.

Tue 16 May

Inter Milan vs AC Milan (agg. 2-0) – KO 8pm – BT Sport 1/Ultimate

Wed 17 May

Man City vs Real Madrid (agg. 1-1)- KO 8pm – BT Sport 1/Ultimate

The winner will each tie will face off in the final on 10 June 2023. See a full list of all fixtures and results on the UEFA website.

How to watch the Champions League in the UK

BT Sport has exclusive rights to the Champions League in the UK, so you’ll need an active subscription in order to start watching live. If you don’t want to pay, your only option is to wait for highlights to become available on the BT Sport YouTube channel. However, you will be able to watch the final free of charge.

There are a few options when it comes to signing up to BT Sport, firstly by combining it with BT Broadband. Put your postcode into the website to see what deals are available.

On the TV side, prices start at £10 per month for 12 months (then £18pm for rest of 24-month contract). In exchange, you’ll get all the BT Sport channels, plus Eurosport, Discovery+, AMC and a recordable TV box with 300 hours of storage space.

You can also combine broadband with just the BT Sport app (from £47.99pm) – it works on mobile, tablet, smart TV and console – or  buy the Monthly Pass for £29.99pm. If your device supports it, you’ll still be able to watch in up to 4K HDR quality.

Sky customers can get BT Sport added to their existing contract from £29.99 with £20 upfront.

How to watch the Champions League outside the UK

BT Sport is geo-restricted, meaning you can only officially watch its coverage if you’re based in the UK.

A workaround is available if you’re outside this region, but we’d encourage you to find the the local broadcaster first – especially if you’re based there permanently. That’s CBS Sports (via Paramount+) in the US, Stan Sport in Australia or Sony Pictures Networks in the Indian subcontinent.

However, if you already have an active UK subscription, we’d recommend accessing the BT Sport stream using a VPN. This will allow you to still appear as if you’re in the UK and retain access to channels, and it’s completely legal. 

NordVPN is one of our top recommendations, but you can check out our best VPN chart, which shows you some of the best services for accessing UK content from abroad.

On Nord, simply open the app on the device you want to use and connect to any server in the UK. Then, just use the BT Sport website or app like you normally would.

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If you’re only planning on using the VPN for the football, you might also want to consider a free VPN. Nearly all will have a UK server, but there may be strict data limits. 

Want more football? Here’s how to watch the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

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