Match of the Day is one of the most popular sports programmes on the BBC. It airs on BBC One Saturday at 5:30 pm and highlights that day’s match in the Premier League. It is the top-level league in English football.
BBC Match of the Day is also the longest-running football programme in the world. After it first aired in 1964, MOTD has already completed its 50th year of broadcast and is an inspiration behind many other football shows. Inspired by the BBC’s Match of the Day stream, there also is a US MOTD stream on NBC.
Then there is the Match of the Day 2 show on BBC Two with the same format, but for the Sunday matches’ during the season.
Watch BBC MOTD online
Although BBC does not broadcast its Channel One or Two to the viewers in New Zealand, the Internet helps. BBC has its streaming service, iPlayer, on the Internet.
The service is available on PCs through the website and on a range of mobile devices with the help of apps – Android, iOS and Windows.
It is a free service, and you can watch the live BBC shows or catch up on previous episodes from the shows on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and others under the ownership of BBC. And you need a registration for iPlayer to watch Match of the Day online.
This weekly show features the highlights of the match along with commentary, insight and match analysis. Gary Lineker has been hosting the show since 1999 along with a penal of pundits (or analysts).
Match analysts are Jermaine Jenas, Martin Keown, Danny Murphy, Phil Neville, Alan Shearer, and Ian Wright for the current season.
There also is a team of commentators for the show. And for now – Steve Bower, Simon Brotherton, John Motson, Guy Mowbray, Jonathan Pearce and Steve Wilson – are in the role.
Watch BBC iPlayer in NZ
The online streaming service of BBC, though, is available only in the UK. Because of the licensing and copyright laws, the content is available only to British viewers.
Those in other countries like New Zealand get an error message – this content is not available in your region – instead of the stream. And to bypass this geographical restriction, you need one of the top VPN services. Every device has an IP address that identifies its region, and a VPN spoofs this address.
With a new IP address, you also get a robust encryption system if you subscribe to a top VPN service provider.
With encryption, you can be sure no one can see what you do online. So, along with unblocking the stream of iPlayer, you also get the added benefit of privacy.
One of the service providers many prefer is ExpressVPN. It has a vast network of servers in the UK, which you can connect to, and it also works on a range of devices. ExpressVPN download is available on your Android or iOS devices and even on streaming boxes and smart TVs.
Once connected, you are all set to watch Match of the Day.
Well, what to do next?
You now have to register for the service. Provide a valid UK postcode (required) to complete the registration, and you can then watch Match of the Day live.
Moreover, the show is available for viewing later. Apart from MOTD, you can also catch other football programmes like Football Focus, Final Score and MOTD2.
While you can watch the live version as soon as it airs, you have to wait for a day if you missed it. The Saturday evening show is available from Monday morning onwards; the Sunday one is available from Tuesday. That’s how the rights agreement between BBC and Premier League work.
You can stream it or download the episode on your mobile to watch it later. But do remember that an episode is available only for the next seven days. When the next episode is available to catch up, you can’t watch the previous one even if you downloaded it.
And not to forget the numerous British TV shows BBC is famous for. Along with these football programmes, you unlock all of them. You can watch all episodes of your favourites like MasterChef, Partners in Crime, Doctor Who, EastEnders and Top Gear, among others.
Moreover, with your device connected to a UK VPN server, you can access all other UK TV channels without further settings.