Spain’s LaLiga is easily one of the most exciting football leagues in Europe, even if it has become something of a perennial two-horse race between iconic giants FB Barcelona and Read Madrid. In the years since Valencia’s 2003/04 triumph, Real or Barca has won all but two league titles. Still, it remains a showcase for scintillating attacking football, and some of the best players you’ll see anywhere.
Watching it isn’t simply a matter of subscribing to Sky Sports, however – it takes a little more effort than that. But don’t worry, we’re here to help: this guide to watching LaLiga has everything you need to know whether you’re in the US, UK or Europe. De nada, amigos.
Key dates in the LaLiga 2023/24 season
LaLiga’s 2023/24 season kicked off on 11 August 2023, and ends 26 May 2024. Spain’s domestic cup, the Copa del Rey, starts on 31 October and after series of knockout fixtures ends on 6 April 2024 in in Seville.
How to watch LaLiga games on TV or streaming services
In the USA, LaLiga and the Copa del Rey are exclusively broadcast on ESPN+ (ESPN’s premium streaming service) with almost all games being available to stream live in both English and Spanish. That’s 380+ games in total.
ESPN+ is available for $9.99 per month, or $99.99 per year with an ESPN+ Annual Plan. You can also bundle ESPN+ (With Ads) with Disney+ (With Ads) and Hulu (With Ads) for $12.99 per month.
Additionally, selected matches (such as big games like the El Clasico derby between Real Madrid and Barcelona) will be televised live on ESPN’s cable channels – ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN2 Deportes. These channels are also available to stream through fuboTV, the live sports streaming platform, and other packages like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.
UK and Europe
In the UK, LaLiga (and the Copa del Rey) is broadcast live on Viaplay (formerly known as Premier Sports). If you want to watch every live broadcast game, this is the way.
This can be added to a Sky subscription for £14.99 per month or £9.99 a month with a 12-month commitment (representing a saving of 33%). Viaplay also shows Euro 2024 Qualifiers, the SPFL Viaplay Cup and the Scottish Cup, plus NHL, rugby, motorsports and more.
Viaplay Sport can also be added to your UK Prime Video account as a channel, where it costs £14.99 per month. Once subscribed, you’ll be able to watch it anywhere you watch Prime Video. In January 2023, ITV signed a three-season deal to show up to 10 live LaLiga matches per season, with the stipulation that each match feature at least one of three teams: FC Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atlético Madrid.
Elsewhere in Europe, LaLiga is broadcast and/or streamed on a wide variety of channels and platforms, so check your local broadcaster and service here.
Tune in with a VPN
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