If you live in parts of Asia, or are simply visiting, you’ll come across a frustrating reality. Watching the Premier League is tough. There are so many reasons for this.
First off, the obvious reason is the time difference. Being five, six, seven hours ahead of the UK means that some matches happen at wildly inappropriate hours. If you want to watch a match on a weeknight, for example, you may have to stay up past the early hours of the morning.
Then there’s the quality. In some countries, coverage is just not good enough. You may be watching on a good TV set, but it can still look like you’re watching in the 1980s.
And even worse is the analysis. The dinosaurs who can no longer find work in England (here’s looking at you, Richard Keys and Andy Grey), have moved to the East. Now, their archaic opinions, casual racism and misogyny are problematic. But they don’t even seem to care anymore. They go through the motions of analysing a game and making reactionary statements in a monotone. It’s painful to watch.
So how do you fix this?
Unfortunately, the time difference cannot be fixed. If you’re like me, you can’t stand watching matches after they’ve actually been played, and you’ll just have to deal with the crazy hours.
However, you can get EPL live streams abroad, and they can be far better than the local coverage.
Use A VPN
A virtual private network (VPN) is actually a crucial part of online security. It hides your location and encrypts your data, thereby protecting you from identity theft. It also has the advantage of making it look like you’re in a different location.
By using a VPN with servers in the UK, you can get the British Premier League coverage. While countries outside the UK actually get to watch matches that aren’t aired live in England, the British coverage of matches that are aired is far better.
You can also watch all the best analysis, by pleasant, interesting people like Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, and Gary Lineker. Trust me when I say that they are better than some of the dross you’ll find outside the UK. The best analysts get Premier League jobs in the home of the Premier Leagues. The rest take what they can get elsewhere in the world.
Watch With Friends
There is another way to better enjoy Premier League in Asia, and that is to watch the late games with friends. You may be able to stay up late or wake up to watch the big games in the middle of the night. But that doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy it. You’ll begrudgingly keep your eyes open, waiting for something important to happen.
Watching with friends, even at those late hours, is way better. You actually have company to keep you engaged and interested. The stakes feel way higher. It’s a fun experience, rather than an obligation.
The Premier League is not that easy to enjoy further east. But with the right tools at your disposal, you’ll get the best of both worlds.