Most of the bigger online betting sites now have some form of live streaming available for punters, usually made available to watch if you put a bet on the game or have a funded account with the bookmaker.
Whilst we’re going to compare the best betting sites for live streaming we found that our top pick offers the widest range of sports and the most favourable requirements for punters who want to watch…
Our Top Pick: Bet365
- Up to £100 in Bet Credits
- Funded account or bet in last 24 hours (geo restrictions apply).
- 15+ (inc football)
- Min bet 50p to watch
Live Streaming Bookmakers: Comparison By Sports
|US Horse Racing|
|Go To Bet365||Go To Will Hill||Go To Coral||Go To Betfair||Go To Betfred||Go To Laddies||Go To PP||Go To 888Sport|
*Geo restrictions apply to all streams, bet & watch
Which Sports Have Live Streams? Why Aren’t Some Offered?
Whereas only a handful of years ago there was hardly any live streaming offered by online bookmakers, most of the major betting sites now offer at least some kind of a streaming service. Many of those sites, too, give their punters the chance to watch streams of a variety of different sports. The sports which are most commonly streamed by online bookmakers are as follows:
- American Sports
- Greyhound Racing
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Table Tennis
Not all streaming services are created equal and it obviously costs bookmakers to show live streams to their customers. As a result some invest more heavily than others (bet365 for example) which is why you won’t find all sports at all betting sites.
Requirements To Watch Compared
As was discussed directly above, bookmakers with live streaming services need punters to fulfil certain requirements before they are able to view their streams. The following table includes a description of the exact nature of those requirements as imposed by the top online bookmakers:
|Bookmaker||Bet & Watch|
|Bet365||Horse racing & greyhounds excluded a funded account or a bet on the event means you can watch. Racing needs a min bet of 50p on the race.|
|Betvictor||Only horse racing is offered – to watch £1 min bet is required.|
|William Hill||Horse or greyhound races are available with a £1 min bet. You need a funded account or bet within last 24 hours for all others.|
|Coral||£1 min bet to watch any racing streams and funded account only for all others.|
|Betfred||Funded account or real money bet in last 24 hours for streams excluding racing (£1 min bet for races).|
|Ladbrokes||Bet in last day or funded account for all but racing which needs £1 min bet to view.|
|Betfair||50p min bookmaker bet or £5 min exchange bet for racing with all others needing funded account.|
|Unibet||Funded account or bet in last 24 hours for most but racing needs £1 minimum bet to stream.|
|888Sport||Only horse racing streams offered – £1 min bet pre race to watch live via streaming service.|
A Note On Geographical Restrictions
If a stream of a particular event is offered by an online bookmaker and you fulfil the requirements which that bookmaker states you have to in order to watch the stream, you may still find yourself unable to view the action. That will happen if there are geographical restrictions placed upon the stream which apply to the country or territory in which you live.
What we mean by geographical restrictions is a set of rules attached to a particular stream which dictate that punters in certain countries are not allowed to view the stream. These restrictions usually apply when there are broadcasting deals in place in your country regarding the event or events featured in a live stream.
The most popular sports and competitions in any given country, after all, are generally broadcast by a major TV network within that country and they would likely have a near-exclusive deal in place to show the sport or competition.
Why Do Bookmakers Impose Restrictions?
Bottom line here…
It is of no benefit to online bookmakers, for people to visit their sites in order to watch sporting events but not actually place any bets.
As such, betting sites impose certain requirements which punters must fulfil in order to be eligible to watch live streams. Those requirements typically stipulate that a customer must have a funded account or must have placed a bet on a particular event or within a certain timeframe.
Both of which require you to have spent at least some money with the operator.