For fans of the beautiful game, watching Champions League and Premiership football in Thailand can be a nightmare.
Of course, when the games are on at a reasonable hour you can hit a sports bar, but then there are times when you'd rather chill at home in peace and quiet, watch with the kids or your partner.
And then there are those 3am games where you don't fancy staggering home in the early light after more than a few beers.
I love football. In fact, I used to enjoy playing far more than watching – watching just makes me eager to lace up the boots and bang in a few goals.
Sadly, I haven't played that much in Thailand. I did a bit in Samui during the early days, but hardly at all in Bangkok. It's a mixture of finding a team, finding the time and being 37 with a history of hamstring issues to contend with.
So these days I'm getting my football fix following the Arsenal from the comfort of my condo. Yes, I'm North London born and bred.
The problem is, standard Thai TV doesn't show half the games, and when they do sometimes the picture quality is terrible. Even my cable package doesn't show half the games, and usually only the big FA Cup matches.
The most annoying thing is when a huge game like Man U vs Arsenal is on and they show some random game like Hull vs Swansea!
So, like you probably have, I've turned to the web for a solution on more than one occasion.
I've tried multiple services but on the whole been pretty disappointed with the large majority.
One thing I won't do is install untrusted software on my computer or risk downloading applications that could contain viruses or spyware, etc.
One thing I always do, however, is use a VPN when streaming. So make sure you read this post here when you're done on this page.
The 4 Best Ways to Watch Football Free in Thailand
ATDHE.net was my original online solution, but has gradually became my last chance option when all else fails. The site has multiple streams to choose from and you can usually find even the not so popular games.
You will need a super-fast internet connection though or the games tend to freeze and buffer for ages. Often you will need to spend 15 minutes or so at the beginning of games to test different streams and find one that works well too, which is a pain in the bottom.
The ads are pretty annoying too.
You have to zoom in to find the ‘X' and close the window all the time, and you'll regularly find yourself clicking the ad by accident and then having to close the window that opens in a new tab.
Sometimes you get lucky on here, but consider this the last resort option.
- Rating: 2/5
- Pros: 100% free. No app or install required. Accessible on PC, Mac, Tablets. Bit fiddly on a phone.
- Cons: Constant ad pop-ups that need closing and take you off to other pages when accidentally clicked. Buffering lots on a slow connection.
- Stress Factor: 7/10
#3. Teamviewer – for PC & Mac
This is a bit of a hack and requires some co-operation from a friend with a SkyGo account or similar account that allows him or her to watch football on their computer.
Basically, you both need Teamviewer installed.
Your friend will load his SkyGo account and select the football channel on his/her computer. You both then boot up Teamviewer. Your friend will then send you an unlock code by email, Skype or SMS, that allows you to view his/her computer screen for that session.
I used to do this in the UK with a pal when I had no SkyTv. It worked well if he wasn't using his computer and we both wanted to watch the same game.
It's a little hit and miss because it relies on you both having a solid web connection. Depending on the match, the quality sometimes gets a bit blurry.
That said, I prefer this option to ATDHE.eu because there's no pop-up ads, you get a bigger screen and less buffering. This is a preferable option if you're only into the big games and have a friend who's willing to share.
- Rating: 3/5
- Pros: 100% free. Runs on trusted software. Accessible on Mac.
- Cons: Relies too heavily on third party co-operation. Action may blur at times dues to web-to-web streaming.
- Stress Factor: 5/10
#2. Reddit Soccer Streams
This Reddit Soccer Streams page is a reliable resource. It's also very transparent. By that I mean that the moderators tell you exactly what to expect before you click the stream. A lot of dedication goes into making this resource work, and as such it has become very popular.
As you can see from the screenshot, you can select from HD or 520p, and Http (over web) or an Ace stream. Choose the stream with the least ad overlays. Try to go for zero if possible.
One ad pop up is no big deal as it will most likely open in a new browser window and then you can play the stream. I usually find a decent stream within 3 attempts of trying.
Just click on any button on the row of a particular stream and you will be taken to its page.
- Rating: 3.5/5
- Pros: 100% free. Reliable streams. Accessible on PC, Mac, Tablets & Phones.
- Cons: Watching on a mobile isn't really viable. Foreign commentary sometimes, though I usually get an English stream. Chat boxes on some stream sites may contain offensive language from other viewers. Often there is a button to turn the chatbox off.
- Stress Factor: 3/10
#1. 365 Sport TV (Currently Unavailable)
Unfortunately, as of May 2017, 365 Sport Tv has been taken down. After more than 2 years in operation they were busted by the DSI for breaking piracy laws.
I am really shocked as I actually thought they were a legitimate company.
Call me naive, but they operated very openly with great customer service, excellent streams, plenty of advertising online and a very legit looking website. I just paid my monthly subscription, which I don't think I will see again!
There are few if any high quality paid streaming services in Thailand now where you can watch premiership Football, The Ashes, The US Open, Boxing and all the other great events from the comfort of your chair, the beach or local cafes.
It is a shame because the service was just like Sky Go in that I could watch sport on all my devices; Macbook, Nexus Tablet, phone, the lot. All for 600 Baht a month!
Anyway, I am looking for an alternative recommendation. And hopefully a legit one that has a license and won't go out of business. I will keep you posted and hope to add that soon.
- Rating: 5/5
- Pros: Never miss a football game. Watch all types of sport. Accessible on all devices; PC, Mac, Tablets & Phones. No annoying buffering. English commentary. Risk-free trial.
- Cons: 600 Baht a month.
- Stress Factor: 0/10
>> Don't forget, before you visit any streaming sites, get a VPN. Here's my recommendations.