Snooker's most prestigious event returns to its familiar April slot in the sporting calendar, with Ronnie O'Sullivan looking to win the tournament a seventh time. Read on to find out how to get a World Snooker Championship live stream and watch all the action from anywhere in the world.

Ronnie Osullivan CrucibleSource: The Crucible Theatre

Last year's tournament, which was delayed until July due to the pandemic, saw Rocket Ronnie beat Kyren Wilson in the final, marking the first time the popular Londoner had won the tournament since 2011.

O'Sullivan's main rivals for retaining the title this time out according to snooker pundits will likely be world No.1 Judd Trump, three-time champion Mark Selby and 2009 winner Neil Robertson.

Kyren Wilson is also expected to challenge once again, and fans will be hoping he can provide similar unforgettable moments as last year, with his down-to-the-wire semi-final win over Anthony McGill already commonly regarded as one of the sport's most gripping moments.

While no fans were at the Crucible last year to witness that seminal sporting moment due to coronavirus, the improved situation in the UK means spectators will be allowed into the theatre this year to watch the action.

Read on for full details on how to get a live stream of the 2021 World Snooker Championship with our guide below.

World Snooker Championship: Where and when?

The tournament takes place between Saturday, April 17, and Monday, May 3 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, UK.

Play usually starts each day at 10am BST, with the afternoon sessions getting started at 1pm, and the evening sessions beginning at 7pm.

Watch 2021 World Snooker Championship online from outside your country

We have details of all the U.S., UK, Chinese and Canadian broadcasters of this weekend's racing from Italy further down in this guide. If you're intent on watching the World Snooker Championship but find yourself away from home then you'll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as it's likely to be geo-blocked.

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How to stream the 2021 World Snooker Championship live in the UK for free

Snooker's most prestigious tournament will be available to watch free-to-air in the UK via the BBC, with coverage spanning all three of its channels.

You'll also be able to watch matches live as well as highlights via its streaming platform, BBC iPlayer.

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Stream the BBC's World Snooker Championsip coverage for free online with BBC iPlayer.

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How to watch the World Snooker Championship online in the U.S.

While pool may be the more popular of table sports in the U.S., that doesn't mean you won't be able to watch this prestigious snooker tournament Stateside.

All of this year's World Snooker Championship action will be available live via sports streaming service DAZN. DAZN costs $19.99 a month in the U.S. or $99.99 for the year.

Coverage will start most days on DAZN at 5am ET / 2am PT.

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DAZN

DAZN is the World Snooker Championship coverage in the U.S. among many other sports.

$20 per month at DAZN

How to stream the 2021 World Snooker Championship live in Canada

As with the U.S., coverage of the 2021 World Snooker Championship in Canada is exclusive to DAZN.

The pricing is slightly different for the region. It costs $19.99 a month or $150 for the year in Canada, but on the plus side DAZN Canada is offering a free one month trial, meaning you can watch all the action from the Crucible for free if you time signing up correctly.

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DAZN

DAZN is the World Snooker Championship coverage in Canada among many other sports. Try it free for one month and then pay just $20 monthly after that, or $150 for the year.

$20 per month at DAZN

Live stream 2021 World Snooker Championship live in China

There's a huge amount of interest in snooker in the People's Republic, thanks to high-profile players like Yan Bingtao and Ding Junhu.

Coverage form the tournament is set to be broadcast in the region via a number of broadcasters and platforms including CCTV China, Superstars Online, Youku, Zhibo.tv, and Now TV (Hong Kong).

Morning sessions are set to kick off at around 5pm CST most days, with the afternoon sessions usually starting off at 8pm, and the evening sessions getting underway at 2am.

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