Hello all – following the English Open on Quest, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a guide, detailing all of the ‘Free’ Snooker available this season.
October 10th – 16th 2016 (7 days)
Quest – English Open
The 1st tournament in the new ‘Home Nations’ series. Eurosport has full coverage for subscribers, but Quest had daytime coverage, plus highlights of the evening sessions and the final in full, live and for free.
November 7th – 12th 2016 (6 days)
ITV4 – Champion of Champions
ITV has the rights for this tournament until 2019. Featuring the winners of the various tournaments throughout the year, it’s not a ranking event but ITV provide great coverage.
November 14th – 20th (7 days)
Quest – Northern Irish Open
The 2nd tournament in the new ‘Home Nations’ series. Expect coverage to be similar to the ‘English Open’ (see above).
November 26th – December 4th (9 days)
BBC – UK Championships
Live on the BBC until 2019 – there is coverage on BBC One and Two, and extensive coverage on the BBC Red Button channel, of one table. The BBC Sports App has two tables of live action.
December 12th – 18th (7 days)
Quest – Scottish Open
The 3rd tournament in the new ‘Home Nations’ series. Expect coverage to be similar to the ‘English Open’ (see above).
January 15th – 22nd (8 days)
BBC – Masters
Live on the BBC until 2019 – it’s a one table tournament all week, with full coverage on BBC Red Button, and there’s live action on BBC One (usually on the Saturday) and BBC Two during the week.
February 6th – 12th (7 days)
ITV4 – World Grand Prix
Live on ITV until 2019 – this will be held in Preston in 2017.
February 13th – 19th (7 days)
BBC Red Button – Welsh Open
The final tournament in the new ‘Home Nations’ series. Quest don’t have the free-to-air rights to this tournament. However, BBC Red Button broadcasts BBC Wales’s live coverage, with daytime live sessions and an hour of live coverage in the evenings. Some coverage may not be on BBC Red Button if there is another event on (e.g Final Score) but full coverage will be on the BBC Sport App.
February 23rd – 26th (4 days)
ITV4 – Snooker Shoot Out
Live on ITV until 2018 – this will be held in Watford in 2017. It will feature 128 players in 2017 – this is quick fire snooker! Blink and you will miss! Great format though.
March 6th – 12th (7 days)
ITV4 – Players Championship
Live on ITV, this will be held in Llandudno.
April 15th – May 1st (17 days)
BBC – World Snooker Championships
Live on the BBC until 2019 – this is the big finale to the season. BBC Red Button has extensive coverage of one table, with two tables available via the BBC Sports App.
So, that’s 86 days of live snooker on Freeview in the 2016/17 season – great news! Spread the word – and bookmark this article, it might just be useful! Chris