Reading go to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night looking for their first league win
in what feels like 12 years since April, and UK-based Royals fans are now able to stream the game live. This comes through the club’s iFollow service which usually just provides audio coverage, but is now able to broadcast matches in real time.
That’s something non-UK supporters have been able to do for a little while now, but the rules have since been relaxed to allow for TV-style coverage of games outside the protected Saturday afternoon slot. You can read more about the changes here:
I’m a UK-based Reading fan, how do I watch the Blackburn game?
You can do it through this link right here - first by creating an account on the site’s iFollow service and then paying for a match pass (it costs £10). This will work both on your computer and mobile device and includes replays, graphics etc.
Unfortunately, you can’t currently get any kind of season pass that will allow you to pay for more than one game at a time, presumably because the club won’t know how many games will be eligible for broadcast until the fixture list changes. The £10 match pass is at the moment your only option...
...apart from Sky Sports.
If you’re a Sky Sports customer, you can watch Reading’s mid-week games on the red button either through your telly or mobile - just as long as you have a Sky ID. For more information on that, go here.
We had a look to see if you can buy the Now TV Sports Day Pass to watch the Reading game, but apparently not. That’ll only cover the games which are actually being broadcast live on Sky’s main channels - this week it’s Swansea City vs Leeds United (Tuesday) and Aston Villa vs Brentford (Wednesday).
Alternatively, if you’re happy just listening to BBC Berks’ Tim Dellor and Mick Gooding’s coverage of the game, you can also get that through Reading’s iFollow. It costs £4.49 for a monthly pass and £45 for the whole season - both those options cover live audio and post-match videos including extended highlights, but not video streaming.
You can of course also stay up to date with the game on our Twitter feed, and recap the match with our full coverage: report, player ratings and more.