Eleven Sports took everyone by surprise when it managed to snatch the rights to La Liga and Serie A from under the noses of BT Sport and Sky last year. It struck up three-year deals for live coverage of Spain and Italy’s premiere football leagues in 2018, which kicked off in August, and though the company is reportedly in a spot of bother at the moment, unless it manages to renegotiate rights, it will be home to the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Roma and Atletico Madrid for football fans based in the UK and Ireland until 2021.
For some, Eleven Sports’ emergence means having to shell out even more to watch football this season. However, for anyone that can’t afford a Sky Sports or BT Sport subscription, the new kid on the block gets you a lot of bang for not very many bucks.
It might not be a gateway to the Champions League or Premier League (for UK-based customers, anyway), but Eleven Sports shows loads of top-quality Spanish and Italian fixtures every week, featuring some of the best teams and biggest superstars in the game − including a certain Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It’s also the place to be for live Eredivisie, Allsvenskan (the Swedish top flight) and Chinese Super League (from 2019) action.
Here’s everything you need to know about Eleven Sports, including prices, packages and matches. Plus, how to get a free trial and watch live streams for free on Facebook.
Eleven Sports price
There used to be two different subscription options available − a £5.99 monthly pass (that works out at £71.88 for 12 months) and a £59.99 annual pass (which has worked out at £4.99 per month). However, Eleven Sports removed the option to purchase an annual pass in late 2018.
“It might come back as we’re constantly looking at ways to make Eleven Sports easier for fans to engage with,” Eleven Sports told Trusted Reviews.
Here’s a quick-link to the monthly pass:
Eleven Sports free trial
If you prefer to try before you buy, new customers can sign up to a free seven-day trial. To try it out for free, visit the website, choose the monthly pass, create an account and add your payment details.
You won’t be charged during the first seven days of your subscription, and you can cancel at any point by clicking the Account button at the top-right of the home page, and hitting Subscription.
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Eleven Sports live football
This weekend (January 18-20), Eleven Sports is showing the following games live (all times GMT):
Friday, January 18
- 7:55pm − Getafe vs Alaves (ES1)
Saturday, January 19
- 4:50pm − Udinese vs Parma (ES2)
- 5:25pm − Huesca vs Atletico Madrid (ES1)
- 7:20pm − Inter Milan vs Sassuolo (ES2)
- 7:40pm − Celta Vigo vs Valencia (ES1)
Sunday, January 20
- 10:55am − Real Betis vs Girona (ES2)
- 11:20am − Frosinone vs Atalanta (ES1)
- 1:20pm − FC Emmen vs PSV Eindhoven (ES1)
- 3:10pm − Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao (ES2)
- 4:50pm − Cagliari vs Empoli (ES1)
- 5:25pm − Levante vs Real Valldolid (ES2)
- 7:20pm − Napoli vs Lazio (ES1)
- 7:40pm − Barcelona vs Leganes (ES1)
Eleven Sports Facebook free streams
One La Liga match and one Serie A match will be live-streamed for free every week on the company’s UK Facebook page, apart from during the international and winter breaks. These are always announced in advance on Eleven Sports’ Facebook and Twitter pages.
A selection of Eredivisie, Allsvenskan and Chinese Super League games will also be streamed for free on Facebook throughout the season.
Eleven Sports app
Eleven Sports is currently not available through Sky, Virgin TV, BT TV, a smart TV app, Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
“We are working hard to ensure distribution everywhere and that means that we are also in discussions with all major platforms (including Sky, BT & Virgin) in the UK and Ireland to offer you the widest possible access to our content,” the company has said.
“To request Eleven Sports on your platform, let their customer service know via social media or via the appropriate feedback channels. They are always responsive to customer demand and take note of requests.”
So how can you tune in? Through the website or through the app, which is available on both iOS and Android. Here are some quick-links to help you:
Unfortunately though, you can only use your account to tune in on a single device at a time.
How to watch Eleven Sports on TV
Big news − the Eleven Sports app, for both Android and iOS, is now Chromecast-compatible. You can also cast games from your computer to your TV through Google Chrome.
Don’t have a Google Chromecast? You can always connect your laptop to your telly the old-fashioned way, via HDMI.
Eleven Sports streams
Eleven Sports sadly isn’t yet available in 4K − at present, live streams top out at 1080p. The company also recommends being on a connection with a minimum download speed of 6Mbps for the smoothest streaming experience.
As well as live streams, the company will let you watch highlights on-demand. What’s more, any matches it shows live will be available on-demand – and in their entirety, boring bits and all – for a full 24 hours.
As games are being streamed and not televised, we’d recommend staying away from Twitter and any live blogs, in order to avoid spoilers.
“As with all online streaming, there will be a short delay on our live output,” the company has confirmed. “The Eleven Sports platform will feature adaptive playback which dynamically adjusts the quality of the video stream you receive based on the speed of your connection.”
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