You’re on the train on the way to work, bored out of your brain. There’s an early NBA game on live, you have had a little flutter on the money line, but you’re stuck watching the scoreboard tick over on the game cast, right?
Why not live stream the game so you can watch every slam dunk, every sweet dime and every massive swat on your phone, on the train, on the way to work? You’ll be able to ride that line all the way, in real time. It’s the same if you’re stuck out somewhere and want to watch the footy, or the cricket, or the tennis – it can all happen at the click of a button.
Better yet, you can kill two birds with one stone by streaming your favourites sports direct from leading bookmakers such as CrownBet, Sportsbet and Bet365. All you need is some money in your account and a solid data connection on your mobile device, and you’re good to go.
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About live sports streams at online bookmakers
Live streaming gives you unprecedented access to sport coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the palm of your hand. Besides allowing you to watch the action unfold in real time, but many online bookies also provide live odds as they happen so you can keep an eye on in-play betting and, if you so wish, take advantage of certain trends.
The box scores only tell you so much, so watching live can help you make decisions on whether or not to cut your losses before the final whistle. If you see a sinking ship, the live stream will help you get off early and salvage something.
While many online betting streams are optimised for desktop and laptop computers, most of them are also accessible on Android and iOS devices. Thus, you can follow the action anywhere you can secure a decent WiFi signal or alternative data connection.
Bookmakers that offer live streaming services
Bet365 offers a wide range of sports on its live stream service. It claims to offer over 40,000 sporting events every year and is continuously growing. Here’s just a taste of what’s available:
- Tennis (including some grand slams)
- La Liga, Serie A, Eredivisie, the English Championship and many more soccer leagues
You can also follow more obscure stuff, such as handball, snooker, darts, table tennis, squash and badminton. In-play odds are available while you watch the game, although that could be a thing of the past if the Federal Government continues its crusade against the bookies.
To watch the streams, you need to have wagered at Bet365 within the 24 hours prior to the event you wish to watch. You also need credits in your betting account.
Sportsbet offers a deal that looks a lot like Bet365’s, with one notable difference: its racing coverage. The bookie has all the big sports like NBA, NHL, and so on, but its racing offering is second to none in the online realm. It’s all to do with its deal with Racing Victoria that allows Sportsbet to live stream every Victorian thoroughbred race, including the Melbourne Cup and other big Spring Racing Carnival features.
It also has a range of live cricket matches on offer and a funky in-play betting section that shows every event available, along with the odds, so you can whack your punt on and then start the feed. As with most of the online bookmakers, you must have an active account with Sportsbet that has some funds in it.
CrownBet.com.au’s offering is a little different to the other major online bookmakers. It does not have live streaming for a wide variety of sports (yet), but it does have something the others can only dream of: exclusive rights to stream AFL games.
As the official AFL betting partner, CrownBet offers a service called AFL Live Vision that allows customers to watch every AFL game live via the bookie’s iOS and Android betting apps. Streams are available 20 minutes before each match and you don’t have to bet with CrownBet to access them, although you must have a verified account with at least $100 credit in it. That gets every game live on PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet, from round one to the AFL Grand Final; and because you can simply withdraw your money at the end of the season, it’s effectively free of charge.
CrownBet also offers live streaming of every Victorian metropolitan and provincial thoroughbred race to its members, thanks to a partnership with Racing Victoria.
Hills is still working on expanding its live stream offering in Australia, but it does have a big drawcard in the NBA. The bookie also hosts some major events, like Wimbledon, and covers tennis, the WNBA, a bit of soccer and the Caribbean Premier League T20 competition – a massive plus for those who enjoy watching Chris Gayle flail hapless bowlers all over the park.
To watch the live stream at Hills, the bookie requires you to have a verified account with betting activity from the past 24 hours. If you’re watching live sports with in-play odds at a bookmaker, that’s unlikely to be a major inconvenience.