Updated: October 2019

How to Access Bookmaker Live Streams

10 May 2019

One of the main things people used to love about going to an actual betting shop was that they could watch the horse race or greyhound race they had just bet on live, and then collect their winnings straight after if they had any to collect.

Nowadays, punters do not need to venture out of the comfort of their own home to watch races they have bet on due to the increase in live streams available at most online betting sites.

Live Streaming Explained

For people who don’t know what live streaming is, or do not fully understand it, a live stream is where people can watch a particular sporting event on their home computer, laptop, or handheld device such as a mobile phone or tablet.

For this, the person must meet certain requirements the betting site sets and also have a decent wi-fi or mobile data connection in place.

The term live streaming also isn’t 100% accurate as most streams will have a delay of up to around 10 seconds. The event is shown as live though, and keeps you up to date with what is going on. There may be a slight delay but at least you get to watch the event you’ve wagered your hard earned cash on.

One big advantage to bookmaker live streaming is that there will be events available to bet on and stream that aren’t available on television anywhere else. So, punters can watch a wider range of sporting events than they would be able to via their TV subscription services.

How to Access Bookmaker Live Streams

Bookmakers aren’t just going to allow anyone to watch sporting events for free using their site, although some do offer existing customers the chance to watch select events for free.

Here are some tips on how to access bookmaker live streams every day of the week from the comfort of your own home.

Minimum Betting Requirements

As mentioned, betting sites are not just going to allow free streaming via their sites. They are a business and the live streaming services they offer are a way of enticing customers to place a bet. People place a bet, meeting minimum requirements and can then watch the sporting event they’ve bet on. Everyone’s a winner.

We recommend you read the smallprint when it comes to live streaming services offered by betting sites to find out how much you must wager on each event, if there’s a limit to how many streams can be accessed daily, or any other requirements that must be met.

It’s always best to find out in advance to prevent disappointment later on.

Streaming Services Available

It is extremely important to find out which streaming services are available on each site you may be thinking of signing up to. For example, Skybet allow streaming for every horse race customers bet a minimum of £1 on but do not offer the same services for say darts or greyhound racing. They do offer some streaming services for football, but these are few and far between and usually from rather obscure leagues.

The point to take here is that you must always see which sporting events are covered by each sites streaming services. This should be easy to find out via the FAQ section of each site, or most sites will have a certain symbol next to events with streaming available.

Decent Wi-Fi or Mobile Signal

Perhaps the most important aspect for those wishing to live stream sporting events via betting sites is the internet signal on the device they are using.

It is all well and good doing research into bookies streaming services, betting on a particular event and meeting all requirements, but it will all be for nothing if you have a weak signal and the video stream will not load.

Always make sure you are either at home using a decent wi-fi signal or you have a strong mobile data signal available before placing a bet just to take advantage of streaming services. Another thing to take note of is any security settings on your device which may prevent the stream playing properly, such as a firewall.

Legal Requirements

Something which must be understood by anyone live streaming sporting events via betting sites is that there are several legalities attached.

For example, live streaming of a sporting event via a betting site is intended solely for personal use. People can not copy or reproduce something they are live streaming. This is against the law and can result in hefty fines being issued, as well as lifetime bans from betting sites and a criminal record.

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