The BBC is synonymous with coverage of snooker's World Championship and action from the Crucible will remain on terrestrial television until at least 2019 under their current deal with World Snooker. That agreement also includes broadcast rights for the UK Championship and Masters.
Those three tournaments are regarded as the Triple Crown of snooker and are much loved by the public, and fans can rest assured that they can continue to watch world-class snooker on free-to-air television.
The Beeb has broadcast the World Championship every year since its move to the famous Crucible Theatre in 1977. The venue offers a unique setting for the premier tournament in the sport and has such an impact on fans and players alike that promoters in Beijing have gone as far as to build a replica Crucible, as they continue to overtures to take the World Championship to China.
The BBC also offer live coverage of the World Championship online throught their Sport app, which allows you to watch live and on-demand video on you Android or iOS device - and cast it to TV through Chromecast - whilst there are also on-demand highlights and interviews available.
Eurosport are another major player in the broadcasting of World Snooker events having inked a 10 year deal with the sport’s governing body that runs until the end of the 2025/26 season.
That agreement includes live rights to 18 tournaments per season including the World Championship, Masters, UK Championship and Welsh Open.
The firm have acquired exclusive rights to the Scottish Open, Irish Open and English Open in the UK and will also broadcast three ITV-televised events – the World Grand Prix, Players Championships and Snooker Shoot Out across Europe, but they remain exclusive to ITV4 in the UK.
The popular Snooker Shoot-Out, which has been controversially promoted to a ranking event, is televised by ITV Sport. The one-frame knock-out event was first held in 2011 and is one of the most exciting events on the calendar.
ITV also have broadcasting rights to the Champion of Champions and World Grand Prix tournaments.