Live streaming, essentially, brings the sport right into your home or device – it’s one of the best features to betting online. There are plenty of bookmakers offering quality live streaming services, but there are many things to take into account. One thing you should always consider is the access requirements; is the streaming service free? But, we’re sharing all you need to know about live streaming sports – and the bookies to play with – so you don’t have to worry.
With the recent explosion of live betting, most bookies now offer live streaming. But, which bookmakers offer the best service for customers? here are your best options:
The Betfair sportsbook is one of the best in the business for live streaming. For starters, they provide punters with access to every UK & Ireland horse race meet, with live coverage from At the Races. If there’s a horse race on, you can guarantee it will be streamed with Betfair. Likewise, there are over 20 different football leagues available for customers in the UK to stream. We’re not just talking major European Leagues, but worldwide tournaments and even international leagues in Finland, Brazil, Australia and Japan. You only need a funded account to watch.
Bet365 is well-known for streaming over 100,000 live events each year, including football, horse racing, basketball, badminton, tennis and more. Football coverage is impressive, with leagues available from Europe, America and Asia, among many others. Bet365 caters for the games that are not streamed on TV, and is also free if you have a positive account.
Unibet is another brilliant option for live streaming. If you have a money in your account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours, you can watch the streaming service. Unibet schedule their streams, so you can place your bets in advance, and they offer plenty. Football, horse racing, basketball, tennis and loads more are well covered.
You can access the Paddy Power live streaming service via the tab ‘Watch Live’, with thousands of events available each month. While the sports available are less than others, their great rep and in-play betting make it a top service. Plus, you need a positive account and that’s it; you can watch live.
William Hill is one of the leaders when it comes to live streaming sports online. This service is miles ahead of others, with thousands of options. The coverage for football is top-notch, but so is greyhound racing and even tournaments, such as the NBA. If you can’t find a particular sport on TV, you can guarantee William Hill does, and they’ll have the bets to boot.
Other brilliant options for live streaming include Coral and Skybet. However, be aware that most live streaming options will be a few seconds behind real-time.
When it comes to betting, bookmakers that offer a dedicated app or mobile-responsive site are always going to fair well in our opinion. Hand in hand with that comes live streaming on mobile. One of the biggest benefits to the above bookies – and most others – is the ability to stream sports straight to your phone, and place a bet while you are doing it.
If you are watching live streaming on your phone, you will need a reliable 3G connection or dependable Wifi – particularly as the live streaming services are, typically, a couple of seconds behind the actual event. You don’t want any sacrifices to the quality of the picture, especially if you are placing live bets.
Most bookmakers offer live streaming services on devices, and you’ll find a lot of them allow you to minimise the screen to check your betslip. While the streams are smaller, they’ll transform your device and allow you to bet while on the go. When it comes to choosing bookies, we’ll always consider the phone offers before recommending.
There are so many sports available for live streaming, it’s almost too hard to count. Without a doubt, football is the biggest and the best. Coming a close second – especially in the UK – is horse racing, and there are plenty of bookmakers that stream every race in the UK and Ireland. Likewise, you can watch live streams of these sports (among many others):
You can stream plenty of other sports as well, but you need to do your research when it comes to bookmakers. However, we’re sharing tips on the best sports to live stream.
As mentioned, football streaming is big business. You’d be hard pushed to find better coverage for a sport than football, with leagues from all over the world available on your device and computer. Not only European leagues but the Champions League and the world cup is streamed. Likewise, you can catch up on games that would never make it to the TV, such as leagues in Finland, Brazil, Japan and even the MLS. The MLS, in particular, is becoming increasingly popular for football streaming and, usually, you only need a positive account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to watch.
Horse racing is a bit different to the others, as most bookies ask you to place a minimum bet to watch the race. The bet is, generally, no more than a £1, so you won’t be breaking the bank. Most bookies stream from At the Races and Racing UK, so you can watch every horse race meet in the UK & Ireland. The same can be said for greyhound racing, and you’ll, likely, need to place a minimum bet to watch.
Basketball is becoming a hugely popular sport in the UK, especially during the NBA season. Most bookies offer NBA bets, but plenty now provides streams for every match; from the playoffs all the way to the final. You can also expect good live betting opportunities while watching live, but there may be a few seconds delay to the actual game.
Tennis is another one of the sports that is regularly streamed. You’ll struggle to find many bookmakers that don’t provide opportunities to watch the Grand Slam, including Wimbledon, Australian Open, US Open and French Open.
Badminton is what’s considered a ‘minority’ sport, but you’d be surprised how many streams are available for this sports. You are not likely to find the games on the TV, so the bookmakers provide a decent alternative.