Our guide to watching the 2023/24 EFL Championship season live
Sky Sports subscribers can watch three live EFL Championship games this week.
Friday 19 January takes us to the Stadium of Light as promotion hopefuls Sunderland host an out-of-form Hull City. The Black Cats will be looking to bounce back after their 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town and could climb into the top six with a win. Hull City, on the other hand, have picked up only three points from a possible fifteen – losing four out of their last five. Action gets underway at 8pm on Sky Sports Main Event.
Saturday 20 January sees Swansea City take on a high-flying Southampton side at the Swansea.com Stadium. The Saints will be looking to continue their incredible run of form as they set their sights on the automatic promotion spots, with their previous 4-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday extending their unbeaten run in the league to 19 games. The Swans, however, currently sit in 15th and come into the game following a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City. You can catch it live at 12.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event.
On Sunday 21 January, Leeds United face Preston North End at Elland Road. Promotion hopefuls Leeds come into the game seven points adrift of 2nd-place Ipswich following a 3-0 victory over Cardiff, while Preston’s drop in form has them fall to 12th, just two points outside the top six. Kick-off gets underway at 12pm on Sky Sports Main Event.
Sky Sports has exclusive rights to live Championship football in the UK and will show over 100 games during the 2023/24 campaign. The easiest way to access its channels is via a Now Sky Sports membership, which costs £35/mth or £12 for a day pass, which also includes access to the mobile app for a month.
Other subscription information, including how to watch the EFL Championship if you live abroad, can be found below the list of upcoming live EFL Championship fixtures.
How to watch the EFL Championship in the UK: Upcoming live fixtures
Friday, 19 January
- Sunderland vs Hull City at 8pm on Sky Sports Main Event
Saturday, 20 January
- Swansea City vs Southampton at 12.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event
Sunday, 21 January
- Leeds United vs Preston North End at 12pm on Sky Sports Main Event
Monday, 22 January
- Leicester City vs Ipswich Town at 8pm on Sky Sports Main Event
Sunday, 28 January
- QPR vs Huddersfield Town at 1.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event
Friday, 2 February
- Bristol City vs Leeds United at 8pm on Sky Sports Main Event
Sunday, 4 February
- Middlesbrough vs Sunderland at 12pm on Sky Sports Main Event
How to watch the EFL Championship in the UK: Sky Sports
Sky Sports is the broadcast partner of the Sky Bet Championship and you can add the eight-channel Sky Sports package, which includes Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football, to your existing Sky TV subscription for £20/mth.
If you don’t already have Sky, you can purchase an 18-month Sky Stream subscription to Sky Entertainment and Netflix for £26/mth (free for the first month) and add Sky Sports as a separate TV pack for a further £20/mth. Sky Stream lets you access Sky channels over a Wi-Fi connection without the need for a satellite dish.
Alternatively, you can purchase a Sky Q plan, which includes a set-top box, for £28/mth for 18 months plus a £20 set-up fee, and add the Sky Sports package to that instead.
How to watch the EFL Championship in the UK: Now Sports Membership
As we mentioned above, in order to get Sky Sports, you’ll need to be an existing Sky TV customer, and then add the Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports package to your existing account. All accounts tie you down to long-term contracts and are subject to one-time setup and installation fees.
If you prefer cheering for your favourite football team in the Sky Bet EFL Championship without any of these contracts and fees, you’re better off subscribing to Now (formerly Now TV). This is a subscription-based, on-demand service giving you access to all Sky Sports content without any of the subsidiary fees or long-term commitments.
To live-stream the Sky Bet EFL Championship on any of your devices, you’ll need the Now Sports Membership. You have two options to subscribe to this pass:
- Now Sports Day Membership for £11.98
- Now Sports Month Membership for £35/mth
How to watch the EFL Championship in the US: ESPN+
If you live across the pond from the UK – in the United States – then your best option to live stream the EFL Championship games online is to use ESPN+.
The channel also live-streams other football tournaments including the Italian Serie A, Carabao Cup, World Rugby Sevens, Champions Rugby, and US sporting events like UFC, MLS, MLB and NBA.
ESPN+ costs $5.99 a month and you can cancel your subscription at any time.
How to watch the EFL Championship in Australia, the Middle East and North Africa: beIn Sports
EFL Championship enthusiasts in Australia, Turkey and the Middle East and North Africa can view live streams of the majority of games on another popular sports subscription service beIn Sports.
The service also broadcasts all the Premier League games if you’re based in the Middle East and North Africa.
beIn Sports costs $10/mth (depending on where you live) but includes a two-week free trial, which is more than enough time to decide whether or not you love the service.
How to live stream the EFL Championship: Betfair and Bet365
The Betfair and Bet365 apps also broadcast some EFL Championship games via their website and apps.
However, their coverage will vary based on which country you live in.
How to watch live stream EFL Championship from anywhere: use a VPN
We always recommend using a VPN to keep all your browsing data away from prying eyes.
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ExpressVPN: We’ve reviewed numerous VPNs and ExpressVPN is the one we rate highest for streaming. Not only has its entire service been independently audited to confirm that it doesn’t log or store any user data, but you can also now use it on five devices simultaneously, making it a great option for a family or a group of friends. It also has the fastest speeds, especially when connecting to far-off locations like the UK, US and Australia, and it comes with a fully refundable 30-day money-back guarantee if the service doesn’t meet your expectations.
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