Real Madrid will begin their La Liga title defense on Sunday evening as they travel to San Sebastián to face Real Sociedad.
The home side, sixth last season, opened the season with a 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid last weekend, but have now only won twice in their 12 league games since the lockout.
Premier Sports has the right to show Spanish football in the UK and Ireland alongside LaLigaTV and its sister site, FreeSports, will also show select matches completely free. Note that viewers from outside the UK will need a VPN to access their Premier Sports or FreeSports stream at the time of a match.
Empty stadiums remain the rule at the start of this season, but that will mean no less drama on and off the pitch as Madrid try to hold onto the crown despite attempts by major rivals Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.
Manager Zinédine Zidane has been focusing more on exits so far in the transfer window this summer, but taking big gains like James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale off the payroll could signal some high-profile gains ahead of closing.
Sociedad could deliver a debut on their only purchase this weekend, however, with David Silva training this week after recovering from the coronavirus. The Spanish midfielder, instrumental in the FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO triumphs, proved last season that there is still a lot of magic in his 34-year-old legs.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid will kick off at 20:00 BST on Sunday evening. Read on to find out how you can see that match and all the other televised La Liga matches this season, wherever you are and however you want to watch.
Watch La Liga matches in the UK and Republic of Ireland
Premier Sports has the right to show Spanish football in the UK and Ireland alongside LaLigaTV. Football fans can sign up for Premier Sports on Virgin Media, Sky Sports, or using the Premier Player web player platform.
The Premier’s sister site, FreeSports, will also show select La Liga matches every weekend. Keep an eye on the FreeSports schedule to find out which ones. You can watch the games on the FreeSports app or the FreeSports player.
LaLiga TV can be found on Virgin Media in HD on channel 554. It is available to all Premier Sports customers and any Virgin Media subscriber can register for £ 9.99 per month via their on-screen service – Home> Apps & Games> All apps> TV Channel Updates on the remote. The package also includes Premier Sports 1 HD (CH 551) and Premier Sports 2 HD (CH 552).
Also home to the Italian Serie A, Premier Sports is available to Sky TV customers for £ 11.99 per month, or for an annual fee of £ 99, and has an online player available for the same monthly fee or a lump sum of £ 89.
Choose your Premier Sports package on its website, here.
Watch La Liga matches from abroad using a VPN
Trying to access BTI flows from outside the UK or ROI, for example if you are on holiday or working overseas, is still a problem. The service will know your location based on your IP address and will automatically block your access, even if you are a citizen of one of these countries.
Hence, you will need a virtual private network (VPN) to help you overcome this hurdle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, so the servers and services you access are unaware of what you are doing. All the information that passes back and forth is fully encrypted.
VPNs are as useful for banking as they are for trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location shouldn’t. So, if you want to watch live football, enjoy another country’s Netflix library, or just keep your browsing data private, then it’s worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, some more reliable and safer than others. As a rule, we suggest a paid service and recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up for an annual plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs, and both Android and iOS phones and tablets. Express also offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
That comes in at just $ 2.99 (£ 2.29) per month and offers 24/7 support
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is log into your VPN service via the device you want to use to watch the game. When asked to select a server, you need to choose one based in the country whose content you want to access. Then go to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a complete list of world broadcasters with rights to broadcast La Liga football live Here.
Watch La Liga matches in the United States
The rights to show La Liga matches in the United States, as well as coverage of the French Ligue 1 and UEFA Cup competitions, belong to beIN Sports. It is quite easily bolted to your existing cable package and includes the Connect service for watching live games on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or Roku box.
The Basic package costs just $ 10 per month and includes the main channel beIN Sports and beIN Sports 7, 8 and 9 – all in HD – along with a range of entertainment services.
Its dedicated sports package will cost you $ 25 per month, giving you all the benefits of the Basic tier, plus beIN Sports channels 1 to 16 – all in HD – as well as its basketball service, beIN Sports NBA.
Two other tiers are also available – Premium at $ 30 per month and Elite at $ 45 – for various movie and entertainment add-ons for your complete sports package.
Choose your beIN package and enjoy live La Liga matches throughout the season.
There are other options besides acquiring beIN Sports via cable, such as fuboTV and Sling TV web services.
The first is a dedicated sports platform, offering a $ 45 per month package that includes beIN Sports and its Spanish sister channel along with a host of other sports, film and entertainment services. You can increase your channel list from around 80 to over 100, including beIN Sports from 2 to 10, for an extra $ 5 per month with EXTRA fubo. It also offers a seven-day free trial, for which you can sign up via the fuboTV website.
Sling TV offers a less complete package of beIN Sports channels, but it can save you some money. It comes via the Sports Extra package, which is a bolt-on for Sling’s entertainment-focused Orange and Blue services, each costing $ 25 a month or $ 40 together.
Adding Sports Extra to your Orange package will cost you an extra $ 5 per month, giving you access to beIN Sports and ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Stadium, Outside TV, Motorsport TV, and Univision TDN.
It’s more expensive to add to the Blue tier – $ 10 each month – but you’ll get extra sports from NFL RedZone, NBA TV, NHL Network, NBC Golf, PAC 12 Network, and The Olympic Channel.
You can choose your packages and get a seven day free trial from the Sling TV website.
La Liga television broadcasts
Here is a list of games that will be broadcast live on LaLigaTV. All match times are shown in BST. All matches will be live on Premier Sports in the UK and the beIN Sports network in the US.
Saturday 19th September
Villarreal vs Eibar, 15:00
Getafe vs Osasuna, 17.30
Celta Vigo vs Valencia, 20:00
Sunday 20 September
Huesca vs Cadiz, 15:00
Granada vs Alaves, 5.30 pm
Real Betis vs Real Valladolid, 17.30
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid, 20:00