It doesn’t matter whether you aren’t physically able to get to Goodison Park for games or if you don’t have the finances to commit to an Everton FC season ticket – it’s increasingly possible for Everton fans to follow their beloved Toffees online. Season tickets for supporters of teams in the English Premier League (EPL) have never been more expensive. It’s fast becoming akin to the cost of an all-inclusive week in the Maldives. Fortunately, Toffees fans can keep tabs on their progress from the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a growing number of legitimate live-streaming options.
Even fans who live overseas, as well as elsewhere in the UK away from Merseyside, can get legal access to online accounts and packages that give you unfettered access to Everton games whenever they are broadcast live on satellite TV—although that might not necessarily be a good thing for the Toffees’ faithful at the present time. It’s been a very difficult 2019/20 Premier League campaign so far for Toffees fans. Most leading football oddsmakers that give real prominence to the English Premier League have been slashing their prices on Everton falling into the relegation trapdoor for the first time in the history of the post-Premier League era.
However, the recent headline arrival of former Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancelotti, as the club’s new long-term manager has helped breathe new hope and inspiration into the fan base. If you’re equally inspired to get up to speed with Everton’s league games, here are some of the best live streaming options:
NOW TV’s Sky Sports Day Pass
If you don’t have a Sky Sports subscription, you can always opt for a live-streaming package that’s much more flexible. More importantly, its packages mean you only need to subscribe when Everton are on the telly! NOW TV’s Sky Sports Day Pass costs just £9.99 and gives you 24-hour access to all 11 Sky Sports channels, including Sky Sports Premier League. If Everton happen to be broadcasted twice in a week, you can always pay five pounds more for a seven-day Sky Sports Week Pass with NOW TV.
The BT Sport App
BT Sport has enjoyed official broadcasting rights for the EPL since 2013-14. It was the first legitimate competitor to Sky Sports, which has long been the leader in entertainment and technology since the EPL began in 1992. BT Sport has since secured rights for the Champions League, as well as the EPL. Everton may not be in the Champions League, but they are certainly still a big name in the EPL. You can download the BT Sport App to be used on gaming consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as on Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs.
Amazon Prime’s Premier League
Amazon Prime may be better known for its next-day delivery service for goods and services, but the Prime Video package has recently included live-streamed EPL games for the first time. A host of games over the Christmas season have been made available to Amazon Prime members, which could be a cost-effective solution for Everton fans who are existing Amazon Prime customers.
The Premier League’s approach to prohibited streaming
It’s important for all football fans, not just Everton fans, to note that the EPL takes a very dim view of those using illegitimate streaming sites and subscriptions—especially those based in the UK. The Premier League’s authorised broadcasters are Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon only. In the 2019/20 EPL campaign, some 200 EPL games will be available for live streaming through these broadcasters, including several Everton fixtures, none of which are 15:00pm kick-offs, due to a so-called ‘closed period’ between 14:45pm and 17:15pm.
If you are thinking of seeking live streams of Everton games outside of these broadcasters, it’s not worth the risk of prosecution. The EPL has secured prosecutions and many civil injunctions in recent years, following a High Court ruling permitting British internet service providers (ISPs) to block servers caught streaming EPL games illegally.