Live streaming is now offered in one form or another by the majority of bookmakers.
This page will show you which betting sites have live streaming, what events are covered and what requirements there may be for punters to be allowed to view events.
Online Bookmakers With Live Streaming
|Watch:||Visit Betvictor||Visit William Hill||Visit Paddy Power||Visit Coral||Visit Ladbrokes||Visit Betfair||Visit Unibet|
Bet & watch, geo restrictions apply.
Live Streaming Requirements
In order to watch the live streams provided by the above bookmakers, customers must fulfil certain requirements. These differ from bookmaker to bookmaker and are explained by the following table:
|Betvictor||Must place a bet worth at least £1 on any race they wish to stream live.|
|William Hill||Horse racing streams can be watched by any customer who has placed a bet worth at least £1 on the race in question. Other sports, customers must have a funded account or have placed any bet within the past 24 hours.|
|Paddy Power||Horse racing min bet of £1 to watch race. Other sports can be watched by any customer who is logged into their account.|
|Coral||Horse or greyhound races must have bet at least £1 on the given race. Other streams, are available to anyone with a funded account.|
|Ladbrokes||Must place £1 bet on race to watch for horse racing. Other sports available to customers with funded accounts or who have placed a bet within the last 24 hours.|
|Sky Bet||Horse racing, must place £1 bet to watch live. Other streams are freely available to any registered Sky Bet customer.|
|Betfair||Horse racing and greyhounds, customer must have placed a sportsbook bet worth at least 50p or an exchange bet worth at least £5 on the race to watch. Other sports streams available to anyone with a funded account.|
|Unibet||Must place £1 bet on horse race to watch live. Any customer with a funded account or who has placed any bet in the past 24 hours can watch any of the other sports streams.|
*Geo Restrictions Apply – How They Work
Alongside the requirements imposed by the bookmakers themselves, there are also other rules which dictate which events may be streamed live online for punters. Generally speaking these are rules regarding broadcasting rights and will differ from country to country.
Whichever country you are in, however, the highest level sport within the nation itself will almost always be broadcast by one TV network or another. When that is the case, the networks in question will likely have near-exclusive rights over the broadcasting of that sport and as such live streams from bookmakers will not be available. It is for this reason that you will never find bookmaker streams of Premier League, FA Cup or other top level domestic football available in the UK.
Other Streaming FAQs
All of the above should have given you a good overview of the live streaming situation when it comes to online bookmakers. In order to ensure that you are fully informed, however, we have also included some frequently asked questions and their brief answers below:
Isn’t Streaming Online Illegal?
The short answer to this is no, and if a reputable bookmaker is offering a live stream you can be sure that it is entirely legal. Where live streaming can fall foul of the law is when an online stream of an event is offered in a country where the broadcasting rights for the event forbid it. You would never find such streams, however, being offered by trustworthy and well-known bookmakers.
What Kind of Connection Does Live Streaming Require?
The exact technical requirements for viewing a live stream differ from one provider to another and will always be found within the bookmaker’s help section or FAQs. In general, however, most stipulate that you will need a broadband connection of 512 kbp/s or higher.
What Other System Requirements are There?
As well as the aforementioned broadband connection, live streams also tend to have some other system requirements which can also be found within the bookmaker’s own help sections. These typically will include the need to be using a comparatively modern operating system and one of the newest versions of your favoured internet browser.