Darts has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years from its humble origins of being played in pubs and working men's clubs to packing the best arenas in the UK and Ireland week in week out, and also spreading its popularity around the globe.

The increased appeal of the sport has gone hand in hand with rocketing prize money that is now in excess of £7 million across in excess of 100 worldwide tournaments run by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) each year.

A post-war attendance record of over 11,000 was reached in March of 2014 at a Premier League stop in Leeds and with such sell-outs now a regular occurrence, the rise of darts shows no sign of abating.

So where can darts fans watch their favourite players or events live without having to spend a fortune travelling the globe?

BROADCASTING LIVE

Sky Sports is the number one destination for darts coverage on television with the likes of the World Championship, Premier League, World Matchplay and World Cup of Darts all available to Sky customers with their sports package.

Sky boasts five dedicated sports channels and have been at the forefront of live sports broadcasting for a number of years.

With Sky Go, Sky subscribers also have the added bonus of being able to watch sport live and on demand anywhere they like on their preferred mobile device at no extra cost to their Sky TV subscription. Sky Go is available on your computer, tablet or smartphone through the Sky Go app with each option designed to give subscribers a different way to watch their favourite sport live.

On top of that, the Sky Sports app for Android allows subscribers to watch Sky Sports channels 1 to 5, Sky Sports F1™ and Sky Sports News HQ live and on the go.

In 2014 the company launched Sky Sports Darts, a dedicated channel for darts which offered 18 days of non-stop tungsten TV from the World Championship at Alexandra Palace to fans. And following a record-breaking debut, which saw  1.7m viewers tune in for the final that saw Gary Anderson defeat Phil 'The Power' Taylor, the channel returned the following year and looks set to be a welcome recurring feature for years to come.

It wasn't just live action of offer either as the channel included in depth interviews, documentaries and famous match ups from the past.

BT Sport and the BBC share live coverage of the BDO World Championships, meanwhile, held annually at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green each January.

The BDO World Darts Championship was the sole world championship competition up to and including 1993 when a dispute led to a break away group that eventually formed the PDC.

BT Sport also offer an app that provides live streaming and breaking news to your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. BT Sport's app for smartphones and tablets allows BT Sport subscribers to watch BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport Europe and BT Sport//ESPN live and on the go.

STREAMING LIVE

Bet365 leads the line in terms of online streaming with unparalleled coverage of tournaments on the PDC Tour. Fans can now keep tabs on their favourite throwers from events such as the European Darts Tour to the Gibraltar Darts Trophy or Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters live on their PC, laptop or mobile device.

William Hill and Ladbrokes also include a number of tournaments on their live streaming schedules and of course are title sponsors of some of the premier events in world darts.

Top 10 LIVE STREAMING TOURNAMENTS

World ChampionshipWatch & Bet
Premier League DartsWatch & Bet
World MatchplayWatch & Bet
Gram Slam of DartsWatch & Bet
UK OpenWatch & Bet
European ChampionshipWatch & Bet
Dubai Duty Free Darts MastersWatch & Bet
World Grand PrixWatch & Bet
German MastersWatch & Bet
Sydney Darts MastersWatch & Bet

INTERACTIVE STREAMING & PERSONALISED ALERTS

Some would argue that streaming via services such as bet365, which is done through a smaller viewing screen, takes away from the overall experience. However, that's less of an issue with darts and the popularity of live streaming has grown to phenomenal levels nonetheless. The interactivity sports like this online is another massive selling points as fans tweet their views on the action in-play and create conversation and buzz about a match or tournament.

Streaming and social media go extremely well together and have added a fantastic new dimension to how fans view the sport and interact with one another. Increased options of how to watch darts has completely changed the way oche fans take in the game with nine-dart finishes going viral within moments of the action taking place as followers retweet and respond in their droves.

The world of live darts has changed immeasurably in recent years and in response to those dramatic changes Livesport.co.uk has become a one stop shop for darts lovers to plan their viewing lives in a secure and easy to navigate environment.

So to find out who's in action today or in the days and weeks ahead, just check out our calendar and discover who's showing which matches, and where and when you can watch them.

You can also sign up for our alert system which is a great way to keep up to speed on the world of live darts as it allows us to let you know when your favourite players are in action and if you can watch them on TV or online.

UPCOMING STREAMS

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