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QPR v Barnsley live stream: How to watch the Championship wherever you are in the world

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QPR v Barnsley live stream, Sky Sports, Saturday 21 August, 12.30pm BST

QPR will be looking to continue their fine start to the Championship season when Barnsley visit Loftus Road on Saturday.

Mark Warburton's side finished ninth last term, but they actually spent much of the campaign in the bottom half of the table. A strong finish to the season saw Rangers finish just nine points short of the play-offs, and generated optimism that a top-six push was within their sights this time around.

The manner in which QPR have started the season has done nothing to disprove that notion. A 1-1 draw with Millwall on the opening weekend has been followed by victories over Hull City (3-0) and Middlesbrough (3-2). Neil Warnock might have had his complaints after the latter match in midweek, but QPR did brilliantly to emerge victorious after being forced to play almost half the game with 10 men.

Play-off semi-finalists last time out, Barnsley have had a mixed start to the current campaign. There was another change in the dugout over the summer: Valerien Ismael has taken charge of West Brom, with Markus Schopp brought in to replace him.

The Austrian has overseen a draw (with Cardiff City), a win (against Coventry City) and a loss (to Luton Town) so far this season. Barnsley were disappointed to suffer defeat by Luton in midweek, having controlled possession throughout the match. Putting the ball in the back of the net is something Schopp will be looking to work on, with the Tykes having scored only two goals up to now.

Barnsley will again be without Mads Juel Andersen and Carlton Morris for the trip to west London. Work permit delays look set to prevent Obbi Oulare and Aaron Leya Iseka making their debuts following the arrival of the duo this summer.

 Sam Field remains on the QPR treatment table, while Moses Odubajo is serving a one-game suspension following his red card at the Riverside Stadium.

Kick-off is at 12.30pm BST and the game is being shown live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event the UK.

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Use a VPN to watch Championship football from outside your country

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If you’re out of the country for a round of Championship fixtures, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You'll be blocked from watching it, which is not ideal if you’ve paid up for a subscription and still want to catch the action from the craziest league in the world without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.

But assistance is on hand. To get around that, all you have to do is get a Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and t'internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and won't automatically block the service you've paid for. All the info going between is entirely encrypted – and that's a result.

There are plenty of good-value options out there, including:

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UK TV rights

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Sky Sports and BT Sport are the two main players once again, but Amazon also have a slice of the pie in 2021/22. 

US TV rights

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NBC Sports Group are the Premier League rights holders, with the Peacock Premium streaming platform showing even more than the 175 games it aired last season, with other matches split between NBCSN channel, CNBC and the over-the-air NBC broadcast channel. If you pick up a fuboTV subscription for the games not on Peacock Premium, you'll be able to watch every game.

Head back to our VPN advice so you can take advantage when you're out of the country. 

Canada TV rights

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DAZN subscribers can watch every single Premier League game in 2021/22 – and it gets better. After a one-month free trial, you'll only have to pay a rolling $20-a-month fee, or make it an annual subscription of $150.

The broadcaster also has all the rights to Champions League and Europa League games in Canada, too.

Want in while you're out of Canada? Scroll back up and check out the VPN offers above. 

Australia TV rights

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Optus Sport are offering every game of the Premier League season for just $14.99/month for non-subscribers, which you can get via a Fetch TV box and other friendly streaming devices.

To take advantage while you're not Down Under, follow the VPN advice towards the top of this page. 

New Zealand TV rights

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Spark Sport are serving up all 380 games – plus various highlights and magazine shows throughout the week, as well as the Champions League – for $24.99 a month, after a seven-day free trial. 

It's also available via web browsers, Apple/Android devices, Google Chromecast and some Samsung TVs, and Apple TV and Smart TV compatibility new for this season.

Check out our VPN deals to watch when you’re not in New Zealand.

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