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Snooker has made a remarkable journey from India to Britain to becoming a global phenomenon, and with an increasing number of tournaments being staged around the world, the plethora of viewing options available to fans has made keeping track of their favourite players easier than ever. 

Since Barry Hearn won controlling interest in World Snooker Ltd in 2010, snooker has experienced massive growth and expanded its influence globally with major ranking tournaments now being held in Australia, China and India as well as across Europe.

TOP 10 LIVE STREAMING TOURNAMENTS

World ChampionshipWatch & Bet
UK ChampionshipWatch & Bet
The MastersWatch & Bet
World Grand PrixWatch & Bet
Welsh OpenWatch & Bet
Shanghai MastersWatch & Bet
Australian Goldfields OpenWatch & Bet
Paul Hunter ClassicWatch & Bet
German MastersWatch & Bet
Snooker Shoot-OutWatch & Bet
Prize funds have also soared in recent years with the 2016 World Championship boasting a top prize of £330,000 and watched by nearly half a billion people around the world. So, the pertinent question is, where best to watch events on the World Snooker Tour? 

BROADCASTING LIVE

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.

STREAMING LIVE

Bet365 is the number one destination for live online streaming of ranking and non-ranking events on the World Snooker Tour. With the likes of the Six Red World Championship, Paul Hunter Classic, Shanghai Masters and qualifiers for all the majors available through their live streaming service, bet365 are certainly worth consideration

The breadth and depth of the streaming coverage available to bet365's members is head and shoulders above the competition with 60,000 events available to watch on your PC, laptop or mobile device each year. Bet365 also broadcast major football leagues including La Liga and the Bundesliga, ATP and WTA tennis, NBA and Euroleague basketball and much more.

William Hill, one of the UK's biggest and most experienced bookmakers, also offer coverage of select tournaments through their William Hill TV online live streaming service. WHTV is a fully licensed live streaming service offered to all of the company's members and requires no streaming software or membership fees.

INTERACTIVE STREAMING & PERSONALISED ALERTS

Generally streaming via the likes of bet365 or William Hill TV is done through a smaller viewing screen and whilst some would argue that this way takes away from the overall experience of taking in a match, the popularity of live streaming has shows no sign of abating. What's more the interactivity available online as fans tweet their views on the action in-play has added a new dimension to watching snooker.

Streaming and social media seem to be a perfect match and together are shaking up how fans view the sport and interact with one another. Increased choices of how to watch snooker has completely changed the way fans of the green baize enjoy the game with breathtaking pots and glaring misses from a match going viral within moments of the action taking place as followers retweet and respond in their droves.

The world of live snooker has altered dramatically in recent years and in response to those sea changes Livesport.co.uk has become a one stop shop for snooker 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 games, 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 snooker 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.

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