Where to watch the World Darts Championship live from Australia
The best darts players in the world battle it out for the Sid Waddell Trophy.
Update: The PDC Darts are now running a special home tour.
The end of the year is always a busy time for darts enthusiasts. As players line up to take their chances at the annual World Darts Championship, fans cheer on their favourites for more than two weeks until the best of the best comes out on top.
The 2019/20 edition of the competition takes place between 14 December and 2 January (AEDT) at Alexandra Palace in London. It will start out with best-of-5 sets in the first round, with the number of sets increasing leading up to the championship round, which will be best of 13.
Overall, 96 players will test their skill, with some Australians in the mix: Simon Whitlock, Damon Heta, Robbie King and Kyle Anderson. Dutch player Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion. This edition will also mark Raymond van Barneveld's last tournament as a professional darts player.
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With so much exquisite talent on display, we're already anticipating that the World Darts Championship will keep Aussie fans glued to the screen despite the time zone difference. There will be two sessions of play scheduled per day, culminating with the final on 2 January. Even better, you can watch the whole thing live on TV or via the Internet.
World Darts Championship fixtures
Here's a quick overview of the 2020 William Hill World Darts Championship schedule (AEDT). For the full list of fixtures you can check out the official schedule.
- Starts: Saturday 14 December at 6am
- Rounds 1 to 4: Every day from Saturday 14 December to Tuesday 24 December and from Friday 27 December to Sunday 29 December at 11:30pm and 6am (afternoon and evening sessions)
- Quarter-finals: Monday 29 December from 11:30pm and Tuesday 30 December from 6am
- Semi-finals: Tuesday 31 December from 6am
- Final: Thursday 2 January from 6am
How to watch the World Darts Championship
In Australia, the 2019/2020 World Darts Championship is broadcast by Fox Sports. You can watch on TV or stream the action via the Internet with Kayo Sports or Foxtel Now. Here's everything you need to know.
Stream the World Darts Championship with Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world, including the World Darts Championship. Sessions will be broadcast live, with replays available. That way, you can tune in whenever you want and don't have to sacrifice sleep to keep up with the tournament.
A Basic subscription to Kayo Sports costs $25/month and lets you stream on two screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports three simultaneous streams for $35/month. Either way, you get access to the platform's generous library of content and can enjoy an impressive suite of useful features.
Subscribers can watch up to four videos at once on the same screen with SplitView, as well as check out a wide range of statistics via Interactive Stats. Key Moments lets you jump right to action that matters in selected match-ups or you can watch a Kayo Mini if you missed out. That's a condensed version of a key sporting event that delivers all the highlights in under 20 minutes.
Finally, the No Spoiler setting lets you hide scores, so you don't accidentally find out results before you had a chance to tune in. Read our detailed Kayo Sports review for more information.
Kayo Sports is available via web or you can download the app to your mobile device and watch on the go. The platform is also compatible with Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Telstra TV and Samsung TV (2018 or later). New subscribers get a 14-day free trial. There are no contracts, so you can cancel anytime.
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Watch the World Darts Championship with Foxtel iQ
The World Darts Championship will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, so you can watch on TV with a Foxtel IQ subscription that includes the Sports HD channel pack. You can also stream the action to your laptop or mobile device with Foxtel GO, the app available for free to all Foxtel subscribers.
A subscription to Sports HD buys you access to over 50 sports on 13 live HD channels. This is on top of the 50+ channels available in the Foxtel Plus basic pack. You'll also get the iQ4, the set-top box that lets you enjoy content in 4K quality and record live TV. Foxtel iQ deals are always available, so you can save on fees or even score a discount.
Stream the World Darts Championship with Foxtel Now
Alternatively, you can stream the World Darts Championship with Foxtel Now, the platform that lets you watch Foxtel channels live, as well as enjoy content on demand. You'll need to get the Essentials pack, which is $25/month and comes with a mix of Pop and Lifestyle channels. You can then add Sport to your subscription for $29/month.
Users can access Foxtel Now on laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app. The service is also compatible with PS4, Airplay/Chromecast, Telstra TV, selected smart TVs and the Foxtel Now box. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial.
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