Watching This Week #112
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Find out how you can watch or stream the European football (soccer) tournament taking place in 2021.
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The UEFA Euro 2020 Final will take place on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Wembley Stadium in London, kicking off at 8:00 p.m. British Summer Time – that's 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 noon Pacific, and 4:30 p.m. Newfoundland Time.
It will be contested by the men's national football teams of Italy and England, which won their respective semi-finals on July 6 and 7.
In Canada, you can watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Final on CTV and TSN (specifically TSN1 and TSN4, plus a streaming-exclusive Italian feed – look at the bottom of the grey "Live Now" section), and in French on TVA and TVA Sports, and their respective streaming platforms (see links for website streaming pages). Streaming requires TV service or "Direct" package authentication, except for the main TVA network which is offering free streaming with no login required (but, again, only in French). Pre-game coverage begins Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET (except for TVA, which will join TVA Sports coverage in progress at 2:30).
Here's some additional details about where to find these channels:
The game will air in the U.S. on ESPN, which is not authorized for distribution in Canada. ABC, which carried select games in earlier rounds, will not be carrying the Final.
This post was updated between July 8 and 11 to update and emphasize information about coverage of the tournament final. Our (slightly updated) previous post about the rest of the tournament follows.
The 2020 European Football Championship, more commonly marketed as UEFA Euro 2020, is the 16th edition of the quadrennial men's association football tournament organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the soccer tournament was pushed back from 2020, and will now be held from Friday, June 11 to Sunday, July 11, 2021, in eleven cities across Europe. Despite the date change, the tournament will still be known as "Euro 2020" for branding and merchandising purposes – presumably to avoid the costs of offloading old merchanise and printing new "UEFA Euro 2021" shirts.
As confirmed by UEFA, there are two media companies that hold Canadian broadcast rights to the tournament, one in each of Canada's official languages.
It does not appear that coverage in any other language will be available for this tournament. TLN Media Group, the owners of Telelatino and Univision Canada, which has licensed or sublicensed Spanish and/or Italian rights for other major tournaments like the Copa América and the Olympics, claim that Bell and Quebecor hold multilingual rights, but have declined to either exercise them, or make those rights available to other broadcasters like TLN. (See updated information about Italian-language coverage of the Final at the top of this page.)
Read on for information on how you can watch or stream all Euro 2020 games in Canada.
The full schedule for CTV and TSN's broadcasts has been posted on TSN's website. All games will air on at least one of TSN's five channels, while most games on Saturdays and Sundays will also air across Canada on CTV, which is available over-the-air in most major Canadian cities. All games from the round of 16 onwards were originally listed as airing on "the TSN network", meaning all four of TSN's regionally-focused feeds (TSN1, 3, 4 and 5).
Unless otherwise indicated, all times below are kickoff times, with TV coverage typically starting 30 to 60 minutes beforehand.
TVA Sports' schedule page does not clarify which games will air on which of its two channels. It is probably safe to assume that most games will air on TVA Sports proper, with only overlapping games at the end of the group stage airing on TVA Sports 2.
Finally, five games will air on weekends on American broadcast network ABC as part of ESPN's coverage. All of these broadcasts will be on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, but will not include the final. All these games will also be aired by CTV. However – much like how Hockey Night in Canada cannot simsub NBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals – CTV will not be able to invoke simultaneous substitution unless it chooses to rebroadcast the ESPN/ABC production for these games. So these will be rare opportunities for Canadians to see how ESPN is covering the tournament.
If you already subscribe to a cable, satellite, or fibre-based TV service (such as Bell, Rogers, Shaw, or Telus) that includes the five TSN channels, you should be able to stream all Euro 2020 games live through the TSN website and the network's mobile and smart-device apps. You will need to sign in with your service provider credentials in order to access the streams.
Similarly, if you get TVA Sports as part of your cable or fibre TV package through Vidéotron, Cogeco, or Telus (but not Bell or Shaw Direct), you should be able to access these channels live through the TVA Sports website and mobile apps.
If you don't get TSN or TVA Sports, but have a "skinny basic" package that includes CTV, you will likely be able to stream the weekend games only through CTV's live feeds on its website and apps. (This depends on the arrangement that Bell Media has with your cable provider; even though CTV is available for free over-the-air, Bell Media has thus far chosen not to allow free streaming to those without a TV service subscription.)
Many providers also offer their own websites and apps that may provide alternate methods to stream channels in your package, like Rogers Anyplace TV and the Bell TV website. There are even a few lower-cost TV services, like TekSavvy TV and VMedia TV, that work primarily through mobile and smart devices – however, at least for now, you can only subscribe to these if you're also an internet service subscriber of the applicable company.
If you do not subscribe to such a TV service (and don't want to), you still have options:
We are aware that there are other streaming or networking services that market themselves in Canada as ways to access sports programming like Euro 2020. However, only Bell Media (CTV / TSN) and TVA are authorized to broadcast and stream the games within Canada, as can be confirmed on UEFA's official website.
Other streaming sites may provide lower quality streams and can be subject to closure without notice or refund. Many international streaming services, even if they are authorized by UEFA for their own countries, are required to try to block out-of-country access through virtual private networks. Therefore, we cannot recommend these sorts of services, and any usage is purely at your own risk.
Despite the layoffs at Bell Media earlier this year, TSN will continue to offer its own studio coverage for Canadian audiences, similar to past editions of both the Euro tournament and the FIFA World Cup. According to a TSN press release, coverage will be hosted by Luke Wileman, with analysts Steven Caldwell, Julian de Guzman, Janine Beckie, essayist Matthew Scianitti, and contributor Daniel Zakrzewski.
TSN's announcement does not identify which commentators Canadians will hear during the games themselves. But so far, consistent with past tournaments, they have been using UEFA's world feed announcers, which this time include the likes of Martin Tyler and Peter Drury, as opposed to the announcing roster of part-owner ESPN.
TVA Sports has posted an article about its coverage plans on its website. Andy Mailly-Pressoir will host coverage, with Frédéric Lord on play-by-play and Vincent Destouches and Patrice Bernier as game analysts.
To send comments to the Canadian broadcasters about their coverage or for help with streaming access, the best way we're aware of to get assistance is through the sites below:
If you still have concerns about how Bell and Quebecor are handling the broadcasts, in theory you could sens feedback to the tournament organizers, UEFA. However, their own online contact page only gives a limited range of topics to contact them about, most of which concern their online services – not Euro 2020 broadcasting rights.
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