The betting industry has really changed over the past few decades and being able to watch sports events as they happen has played a big part in that.
I can remember years ago when the only time in a bookmakers you saw some live action was on a little telly that showed action from the BBC, ITV or Channel 4. For the rest of the racing we had to put up with an often crackly commentary over the tannoy.
If you’d told me that years later it would be possible to not just be able to place bets on sporting action from all over the world online and be able to see the event live, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.
However, that’s exactly how the betting industry has progressed and it makes betting on sport so much more exciting. Being able to watch live the event that you have a bet on makes that bet so much more exciting. Sitting there watching your selection try to get the winning goal or try or your tennis player break serve on their way to victory. Watching it all live really gets your heart beating that little bit faster.
What Sports Can You Stream Live?
There’s a wide selection of sports that you can watch live on the internet. This can be in the comfort of your own home on your PC or laptop. Then again it could be while you’re out shopping on your mobile.
Football is a common feature on most sites. It won’t be the latest English Premier League games but there’s still lots of action to be seen from all over the world. You can watch action from top leagues around Europe as well as South America and America. That means the live action is available at all times of the day so get ready for some late nights watching the sport you love and hopefully getting some winning bets too.
If you love tennis, then there’s always plenty of action to be seen. Not just the top WTA and ATP tournaments but the Challenger circuit too. You’ll be able to see games from all over the globe so settle down and hope your selection is in top form and wins their match.
Other sports you can watch live include Ice Hockey, Basketball, Table Tennis and so you’re never going to be short of something to watch and bet on.
There are some restrictions though mainly due to licensing. Sometimes you are unable to watch a live event that is being shown in your own country. Your IP address will determine what you can and cannot watch live. So if you do go abroad then you may find that certain events you can watch while in England might not be able to be watched in other countries due to the licensing restrictions that apply.
Live Action Grid
If the game can’t actually be shown live in terms of live pictures, there’s a grid that keeps you up to date with what’s happening. For example, if it’s a football game you’ll see a grid that shows you who has possession and what they’re doing with it. Your heart will be pumping as your team is shown to be on a dangerous attack and if they get a penalty then cross your fingers and hope for the best. It’s a great way of following the action live, not quite as good as seeing the actual game but exciting nonetheless.
Live Radio Commentaries
Some sites also have live radio coverage so there’s still the chance to listen to horse racing commentary as well as the latest news and discussions about sport.
Is Live Steaming Free?
Sites will show most of the live action free but there are a few conditions that you have to fulfil. For example, with William Hill you will need to be logged into your account, have a funded Sports account or have placed a bet within the last 24 hours.
When it comes to watching live horse racing then you often need to have placed a bet of £1 on the race in order to watch that race.
To be able to watch all the live action you will need to have certain programs on your device. This will include having a broadband connection of at least 512kbp/s, the latest version of Adobe Flash and if using a Microsoft product, Windows XP. For full details always have a look through the technical issues part of the online site.
Top Sites for Live Streaming
Coral show up to 2,000 live events a week so it’s no surprise therefore that it’s at the top of this recommended list of sites. Lots happening all the time and there could be lots of late nights in store as you watch the live action from around the world. They have a special section on their site for live streaming with all the FAQs if you have any problems and a schedule of live games.
You’ll definitely want to visit the ‘Theatre of Streams’ that is available at Coral. They show top football action from Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands. If it’s tennis you love they show action from all the Grand Slam tournaments and on top of that there’s plenty of snooker, darts and rugby plus tons of Stateside sports action and horse racing from around the world.
There are plenty of reasons to visit the Ladbrokes website. They feature football action from Belgium, La Liga and South America. Ladbrokes really specialize in tennis action with games being shown from tournaments all over the world every day of the week.
Also recommended are William Hill. Visit their site and you will be able to see plenty of basketball, tennis, rugby and football action (including games in South America and Australia). There’s William Hill Radio to listen too as well.
Watching events as they happen really is a fantastic advance in online betting. The ability to see what it is you’re betting on is exciting. The fact you can also place bets at the same time is another great advantage.