Watch The Open Championship 2023 for CA$20 per month
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It’s the last major of the season as the world’s best golfers descend on the Royal Liverpool course in north-west England for the 151st Open Championship.
Defending champion Cam Smith will aim to hold on to the iconic Claret Jug trophy from Scottie Scheffler, world No. 1, PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka and US Open champion Wyndham Clark.
Rory McIlroy will have high hopes of ending his nine-year wait for another major title as he heads to Hoylake on a high following his triumph at last weekend’s Scottish Open.
The British Open 2023 runs from Thursday to Sunday. Keep reading to find out the best live TV streaming services you can use to watch every day of the tournament live, wherever you are in the world.
What is the US TV schedule for the British Open?
Linear television coverage of the British Open in the United States is split between NBC and USA Network.
However, streaming service Peacock boasts the most extensive live coverage of the tournament.
Here’s the full TV schedule (all times ET):
Thursday and Friday
Peacock (1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.); USA Network (4:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
USA Network (5 a.m. to 7 a.m.); Peacock and NBC (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
USA Network (4 a.m. to 7 a.m.); Peacock and NBC (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
How to watch the British Open online from anywhere using a VPN
If you are unable to watch the tournament locally, you may need another way to watch the British Open – this is where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to prevent your ISP from throttling your speeds by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a good idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and you want to add an extra layer of privacy to your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you are able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to access the tournament. So if your ISP or mobile provider has stuck you with an IP address that incorrectly shows your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can correct that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, non-blackout area. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
It’s legal to use a VPN to watch or stream sports in all countries where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. Make sure your VPN is set up properly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service can terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing properly applied blackout restrictions.
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Live stream British Open in USA
As mentioned above, linear television coverage in the US is split between NBC and the USA Network, while streaming service Peacock boasts comprehensive coverage of the entire tournament, with exclusive early-round action, select groups and featured hole coverage.
Peacock offers two Premium plans. The ad-supported Premium plan costs $6 per month and the ad-free Premium plan costs $12 per month. You can use both Premium plans to watch the Scottish Open.
Read our Peacock review.
Four of the major live TV streaming services offer NBC and USA Network. The catch is not all services carry all local network partnersso check out each one using the links below to make sure it carries NBC in your area.
Hulu with Live TV costs $70 a month and includes NBC and USA Network. Click on the “See Channels in Your Area” link on it welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your postcode.
Read our review of Hulu with Live TV.
YouTube TV costs $73 per month and includes NBC and USA Network. Paste your zip code on it welcome page to see which affiliate local networks are available in your area.
Read our YouTube TV review.
Live stream British Open in Great Britain
Golf fans in the UK can watch the tournament live on Sky Sports. The tournament will be broadcast on its Sky Sports Golf channel. Coverage begins at 6.30 BST for rounds 1 and 2, at 12.00 for round 3 and 11.00 for round 4.
Viewers in the UK will be able to watch the British Open on Sky Sports Golf, with extensive coverage of each day’s play. Subscribers can also stream the action via the Sky Go app. Sky subsidiary Now (formerly Now TV) offers streaming access to Sky Sports channels with a Now Sports membership. You can get a day’s entry for £12 (perhaps only for the final round), or sign up for a monthly plan from £35 per month to watch all four days of the tournament.
Live stream British Open in Australia
The Open can be seen Down Under on Fox Sports via Foxtel. If you’re not a Fox subscriber, your best option is to sign up for the Kayo Sports streaming service. Coverage starts at 15:30 AEST for Rounds 1 and 2, 19:00 for Round 3 and 18:00 for Round 4.
A Kayo Sports subscription starts at AU$25 a month and lets you stream on one screen, while its Premium tier costs AU$35 a month for simultaneous viewing on up to three devices.
The service gives you access to a wide range of sports, including F1, NRL, NFL, NHL and MLB, and there are no locked-in contracts.
Even better, if you’re a new customer, you can take advantage of a one-week free trial of Kayo Sports.
Stream Open Championship 2023 in Canada
Comprehensive live coverage of the 2023 British Open will be available in Canada via TSN. Cord cutters can watch via the network’s streaming service TSN Plus. Coverage starts at 7:00 PM ET or 4:00 PM PT for Rounds 1 and 2, and at 7 a.m. ET or 4 a.m. PT for Rounds 3 and 4.
TSN Plus is a new live streaming service that boasts exclusive coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, NFL games, F1, Nascar and Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Ideal for cord cutters, the service costs CA$20 per month or CA$200 per year.
Quick tips for streaming the British Open using a VPN
With four variables at play – your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN – your experience and success when streaming the British Open can vary.
If you don’t see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using “search by city or country”.
If you’re having trouble getting the tournament after turning on your VPN and setting it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log in to your streaming services subscription account and ensure that the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address registered to your account. Second, some smart TVs — like Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you use (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network will now appear in the correct display location.
All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main page to quickly install the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network’s sports app, you will be asked to confirm a numeric code or click on a link sent to your email address registered with your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help as both devices appear to be in the right location.
And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so make sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We usually recommend Brave.