If you have had enough with football (the Champions League final is still coming up) and just do not care about NHL that much then perhaps it is a good time for you to watch some cricket.
And not just any cricket.
We’re talking about epic cricket.
One rivalry in cricket that always delivers epic matches is the Australia vs England rivalry.
Brace yourself as both these teams will go toe to toe one more time at the 2021 Specsavers Ashes Series.
So when does the Ashes 2021 takes place?
Well, our research shows that the Ashes will begin late 2021.
It will then continue from there and end sometime early 2022 across regions of Australia.
There are a ton of channels which are broadcasting the 2021 edition of Ashes, as you would expect, live and all over the globe.
This is the guide that you need if you do not want to miss a single minute of the Ashes 2021.
More simply, we will show you all the ways in which you can easily watch the 2021 edition of The Ashes online and live.
So let’s do this right here and right now.
List of streaming channels for the 2021 Ashes.
Here is a list of channels that will broadcast the 2021 edition of the Ashes live and online.
- In the USA: Willow TV
- In South Africa: Supersport
- In India: Sonyliv
- In Australia: Channel 9
- In the UK: BT Sport
So what happens to those people who do not live in one of the regions that we have mentioned above?
Well, unfortunately, all such people will not have an opportunity to watch the 2021 edition of the Ashes.
And probably not recorded either.
If the last couple of years are anything to go by, then this year it will become even harder for people not living in the countries that we have mentioned above to stream any kind of Ashes content.
Of course, since you are reading this guide, you do not really have to worry about missing out on the Ashes 2021.
You will be among those people who get help and watch the Ashes.
The thing about all the channels that we have mentioned above (and probably more as well) is that all of them like to peak at the given user’s IP address in order to accurately determine whether or not the given user is within the area that the channel covers.
If the user is not within the specified area, then the channel can’t entertain that customer.
In other words, all that we really need to do here is to change/alter/modify your current machine’s IP address into something else.
The ‘something else’ IP address has to be a valid IP address.
Doing so will assist you immensely in your quest to stream content from channels that you like from pretty much any place that you like.
The fortunate thing here is that there are tools on the internet that will do that for you and take your worries far away as far as streaming cricket matches is concerned.
The tool that we are talking about here is a VPN.
A VPN is a tool and also a service.
Basically, it allows users to change their IP address very quickly and that too with the help of nothing but a simple button.
How to easily watch the 2021 edition of the Ashes with the help of a VPN service.
As mentioned just now, a VPN is nothing but an internet tool.
It helps people to spoof their original online location.
A VPN is able to complete a process after which the user appears as if he/she is browsing the world of the internet from a completely separate and different country.
Your new location will actually depend on the location of your VPN server that you have connected to.
Now, once you have managed to connect, you should have no trouble in receiving a completely new IP address.
This IP address will belong to the region that your VPN server is present in.
Once that happens, you will have access to any and all restricted high-quality (or otherwise) content which is available in that given territory.
To take an example, since you want to watch the 2021 edition of The Ashes via Willow TV, then you will have to form a connection to a VPN server which is located in America or the United States of America.
When that is done, you should have no problems in receiving an IP address which is US-based pretty much instantly.
Now, when that happens, all that you need to do in that case is to make your way to the official website of Willow TV.
From there, you should be able to notice that all the content over there is accessible.
It is accessible despite the fact that you are not in the US and are actually abroad in some other country.
As long as you keep connected to your VPN service with a US VPN server you should have no problems in streaming any and all of the content that is available on any given channel in the US irrespective of which is your origin country.
Step by step guide on how to watch the 2021 edition of the Ashes with the help of a VPN service
By this point in the guide, you should have no trouble in convincing yourself that a VPN is an internet-based too land works very well when it comes to tasks such as spoofing one’s original location.
With that out of the way, we will now describe the exact steps that you need to take in order to stream the 2021 edition of the Ashes live and pretty much anywhere (no guarantees that a given VPN would work in China or Iran and definitely North Korea).
- The first step is for you to go to the official website of a credible VPN service provider and then sign up for a suitable package.
While it would be very easy for us to suggest a single name for the best VPN service provider, we can’t.
Because every user is different.
Different VPN services are meant to serve different online consumers.
In simpler terms, there is no one single best VPN service for any and all online consumers.
So what to do then?
Well, you read up on the best VPN services that the VPN service industry has to offer to you today.
Click here to read about those VPN service providers.
Our VPN service providers will work for you rather than you working for them.
- Okay, so once you have wrapped up step 1, what you need to do is to download and then install the official VPN app of the VPN service that you have chosen from step 1.
Make sure that you download the VPN app that is meant for online devices such as Mac, PC, iOS, and Android.
- Then you need to sign in to the VPN app with the help of your VPN account.
After that, you should connect to a VPN server which is located in the country that you are interested in.
Since you want to watch the 2021 edition of Ashes, you will have to connect to a different VPN server based on the channel that you want to stream it from.
In other words, if you want to watch the Ashes via Willow TV then you should connect to a server that is located in the US.
On the other hand, if you want to watch the Ashes via BT Sport then, of course, you would have to connect to a server that is based in the UK.
For people who want the taste of the action via Sonyliv, they should connect to a server that is located in India.
You should get a general idea now.
Connect to that server which is present in the country that your preferred channel primarily streams in.
- Then you should go to the official website of the channel.
You can also download the official dedicated application if that is available for your preferred channel.
- Now, simply enjoy the stream of the 2021 edition of the Ashes no matter where you are.
Again, if you are confused about which VPN service that you should sign up for then don’t be.
Just click here and read our guide on which VPN service is the best for you and not for someone else.
If you go to some other review sites you will get some big-name thrown in there like ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and IPVanish.
While all of these VPN services are great in their own right, they do not necessarily present themselves as the best option for you.
So again, you should read on the best VPN services that the industry has to offer and then sign up for the one that you think is going to fulfill your needs the best.
Live streaming the 2021 edition of the Ashes
It makes sense that a lot of channels want to take the responsibility of broadcasting the biggest cricket showdown in the history of the world (is that an exaggeration? Let us know in the comments.).
And that is why we see a whole list of channels who, if everything goes to plan, will broadcast the Ashes in each and every corner of the globe.
This is very fortunate.
Just a few years ago, you did not have such as the case with a tournament like the Ashes.
Back then, you rarely had an event that got broadcasted via several channels and across the breadth of the whole world.
Now, you have digital platforms bringing you the greatest content right to your doorstep.
With that said, if you have a desire to know more about which of the channels that we have mentioned above will provide the best for you to watch the Ashes this year, then allow us to do that in the next section.
We will now talk about all the best channels that are airing the 2021 edition of the Ashes.
Here is the list and a little explanation on why they might suit a given user.
Longtime readers of our site would know that we have a kind of a soft spot for Willow TV.
But for good reason.
It is perhaps the only good channel that brings users all the On-demand and Live cricket action that they could ever want to see right to their screens pretty much anywhere they are (if by anywhere, you mean the United States).
Some of our readers might already know that Willow TV is actually the only official broadcaster of many different cricketing events.
We’re talking about events such as,
- The ICC or The International Cricket Council.
- IPL or the Indian Premier League
- Cricket Australia
- PCB or the Pakistan Cricket Board.
- The Ashes (no surprises there).
Now, the thing you need to keep in mind here is that there are a total of two main ways in which you can benefit from anything and everything that Willow TV wants to offer to users.
First off, you have the option of signing in with your cable subscription (must be a valid subscription).
Some of the cable subscriptions that support Willow TV include,
- Google Fiber
- Verizon FIOS
On the other hand, users have the option of streaming any and all available cricket matches directly from Willow TV.
To do that they will have to sign up for Willow TV streaming service.
Our research shows that it costs around $9.99 each month.
Once you have subscribed to the Willow TV subscription service, you should have no problems in watching the 2021 edition of the Ashes on devices such as,
- Apple TV
Customers of this channel are really in an awesome position if they sign up for the complete range of channels that belong to BT.
They can theoretically watch anything big that happens in almost any given sport.
With BT, one has access to tournaments such as,
- Premier League
- Cricket (of course, it includes the likes of the Ashes)
- Champions League
- NBA Basketball
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Major League Baseball
- Moto GP
BT TV packages and broadband subscription comes with various different BT Sports channels.
Customers can pay around £10 pounds per month for the privilege of accessing BT Broadband online and via the official application.
Remember that the first three months of your subscription period are free.
Moreover, once you have managed to get yourself a valid BT subscription, you should have no problems in watching the 2021 edition of the Ashes and probably beyond on devices such as,
Whenever you hear the word Channel 9, what do you do?
You imagine all the list of great TV shows that Channel 9 has in its library.
The library is huge.
So it would make sense for a given user to prefer it over other channels even if he/she initially only wants to watch the 2021 edition of the Ashes.
Our research shows that Channel 9 offers content that includes,
- TV Series
We have also come to find out that 9Now now offers on-demand and live stream content from each and every single TV channels belonging to the Nine family.
The apps that this channel offers are intuitive, free and easy to use.
It is also free.
All that you have to do is to create a new account and then sign in.
When that is done, the only thing that you have to do is to watch the 2021 edition of the Ashes live and online.
Here are the devices that you can watch Channel 9 content on.
As the name suggests, this channel is actually considered the home of all cricketing events that happen in India.
With Sonyliv you only have to pay a very small subscription fee.
And after that, you get to have complete access to a pretty wide range of high-quality content including high quality,
- Sporting events
- TV Shows
Now, with SonyLiv you can select many kinds of different and probably valuable (depends on the individual really) subscription plans.
Users have the option of paying for a given channel individually and/or they can pay for a pack.
The pack is called, appropriately, Happy India.
Readers should note here that the pack comes in a couple of different forms.
Of course, the different forms do not have a major impact on the prices of these packages.
Our research shows that they are all cheap.
Especially if we compare them to various other online streaming services.
Now, according to our research, the least affordable option will cost the user around 93 Indian rupees.
That is not a lot.
You should know that the above-mentioned package brings with it a total of 18 channels from which you can watch high-quality content.
But that is not all.
Sonyliv actually makes available a plethora of internet-enabled devices on which users can watch its content.
These devices include the likes of,
- Sony Bravia TV
- Android TV
What should you expect from the 2021 edition of the Ashes?
As mentioned at the top as well, the upcoming cricket series which consists of Test matches only will start on the 1st of August.
From there, the series will end on September 16th.
The series will make use of a total of four different venues.
The list of venues goes like this.
- The Oval
- Old Trafford
Now, ever since the year 1883 (about 135 years back if you can believe that), Australia and England have been trying to get the upper hand over each other in this beautiful sport that we call cricket.
They go head to head, every year hoping that this time around they would beat their bitter rivals.
As mentioned just now, more than a total of hundred years have passed.
But the series remains the most viewed and important sports events in cricket.
And the cricketing world is not a small one.
Currently, the Australian Cricket team (no matter how much worse than Steve Waugh’s golden eleven) is the defending team.
In other words, they beat England last time around in the 2017-2018 Ashes season.
The other interesting fact that we should note here is that this year, the series will start off slightly later when compared to the previous years.
Well, what do you know?
This is the year of the Cricket World Cup 2021 and it will take place in England and Wales.
The World Cup, as we mentioned in one of our other guides, will take place between the month of May and July.
On that note, perhaps we should also tell you a little story on how the series got its name.
In 1882, England got beat by Australia at the Oval.
As history would have it, the win over England marked the first time Australia had beaten England on the English soil.
Now when that happened, someone came up with the idea of taking the body of the then English cricket, cremating it and then taking the Ashes back to the country that we know as Australia.
As you would imagine, the media quickly caught onto the word because it sounded vogue back then.
And the term caught on.
The media kept on using it time and time again, year after year and it has been the case for over 130 years.
Additionally, you should also know that the media dubbed the Australia vs England cricket event as an attempt on part of the English cricket team and try and win back the cricket’s ashes.
This is how the name Ashes got its name.