Smartphone and tablet owners can now watch free live streams of their favorite sports or horse races live on iOS or Andorid. Watch live streams of football, soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball and more.
Available for iOS and Android devices, this app provides local, live television from around the globe. Watch over 200 channels live from the U.S, the U.K, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. As well as being able to access live streams of sporting events in the various countries, users can watch sports via the numerous dedicated sporting channels including FilmOn football and FilmOn tennis, as well as a plethora of other sports such as boxing, UFC and motor cross. Watch a live stream of UK channels BBC, ITV and Channel 4 (you will need a VPN if you are based outside the UK) who offer coverage of Wimbledon Tennis, the Australian Open, Premier League, Rubgy Union/League, US Masters and British Open Golf, Snooker, Darts, American Football, Motor Sports, the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National, Royal Ascot, World Cup/European Championships and the Olympics.
The basic app is free and includes an impressive range of sports channels and live streaming, but further subscription packages ranging from £10.49 to £99.99 provide a welter of other options and increased access to international sporting channels and live streams.
The iPlayer is now more than just a catch up device for those wanting to keep abreast of developments in their favourite soaps. Now with the ability to watch programmes live via the net and mobile devices, BBC coverage of live sporting events can be streamed via mobile and tablet devices for those outside the home.
Although in recent years the BBC has lost out on many sporting events, it still provides quality coverage and programmes on a number of events from the Wimbledon Tennis Championships to Rugby League, nationwide football and World Championship athletics. Live viewing is accessed via the iPlayer with the free BBC sports app primarily dedicated to news, mobile updates and features rather than live sports streaming.
If you live outside the United Kingdom, you just need to sign-up for a free VPN like www.TunnelBear.com that can be set-up Android, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Regardless of where you are in the world, when Barcelona take on Read Madrid in an El Clásico game, you will see soccer fans glued to TV screens in bars and restaurants. The Spanish La Liga is considered by many to be the premier football league in the world and is home to other great teams like Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad. Fans of Spanish soccer will be happy to learn that Sky Bet have secured the rights to broadcast La Liga games live via their mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices. Anyone that has a SkyBet account can watch the games live on an iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Nokia Lumia and you don't even need to make a deposit or place a bet. Live streams will be available for EVERY La Liga match that is NOT being broadcast live on SkySports. SkyBet Mobile also features live audio commentary and pitch visualizations for the English Premier League, the Bundesliga and Serie A amongst others.>> Full App Review
Horse Races Now is an excellent free option for followers of North American horse racing, this app streams a wide range of races live from participating race tracks. As well as live streaming and race audio, the app has other slick features such as immediate race replays that go back as far as 2 years and push notifications for your favourite horses, jockeys, trainers and racetracks. The iOS and Android compatible app offers U.S. racing news, entries for upcoming races, plus information on recent races results and payoffs.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS devices and offers live horse racing streams and replays from over 30 US racecourses, including Keeneland, Aqueduct Racetrack, Ajax Downs, Assiniboia Downs, Racetrack Beulah Park, Belmont Park, Canterbury Park, Colonial Downs, Charles Town, Delaware Park, Ellis Park, Delta Downs, Horsemen's Park, Indiana Downs, Hollywood Park, Kentucky Downs, Lone Star Park, Lincoln Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Northlands Park, Penn National, Ruidoso Downs, Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Saratoga Race Course, Turfway Park, Tampa Bay Downs & more.
The online bookmakers and gaming site provides a variety of online streaming options on a range of live sporting events, such as football, tennis, cricket, darts, NBA basketball, Serie A, UEFA Cup and more. Perhaps the greatest feature, however, is available for racing fans with one of the most extensive live streaming services of UK and Irish horse racing around.
For watching live sport on your mobile, users simply need to have either a funded Bet365 account or have placed a bet within the previous 24 hours. For live race streaming, simply place a qualifying bet of at least 1 Euro or $0.50 each way or currency equivalent and click the watch icon. Bet365 stream over 20,000 sporting events every year.
The app is available free for download on iOS and Android devices.
For Android devices with Adobe Flash, this app provides live streaming of soccer matches from all over Europe including the English Premier League and F.A. Cup, La Liga and the Copa del Rey, Serie A and French Ligue 1, along with the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. International matches are also available for live streaming including the African Cup of Nations and the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil.
The app comes with a handy daily schedule that tells you the kick off times of all upcoming games. The app also offers live streams of Hockey, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Cycling, Motor, WWE, Ski Jumping, Rugby, Swimming and just about any sport imaginable.
The app requires Android 2.1 and above and is compatible with most types of Android device, including the Samsung Galaxy. Unfortunately, there is no iOS version at present.
Like the BBC, 4OD now allows users to watch TV live across the various Channel 4 umbrella channels both via the web and via the 4OD app. Available free for download on iOS and Android devices, programmes can be watched live or downloaded and stored for viewing for 30 days. For racing fans this is especially good news as Channel 4 has extensive UK and Ireland race coverage with the broadcasting rights for the Grand National, Royal Ascot , the Cheltenham Festival and the Epsom Derby amongst others.
In addition, a Channel 4 racing app is available free for download for IOS devices. Although live streaming is not available via the app, it is a handy supplement to the main site with race cards and results from all of the UK and Ireland’s race courses, up to date racing news and videos from Channel 4 racing broadcasts. The app also provides gambling content in the form of race odds as provided by Paddy Power.
Users outside the UK/Ireland may need to use a VPN to use this app.
Although predominantly of interest to Irish sports enthusiasts, the RTE player app, available free via iTunes for the Apple iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, provides live streaming of many of the sporting events shown live on RTE including the GAA championships, domestic and international soccer, horse racing and both club and international rugby. Not limited to domestic sport, however, RTE is also the home of the 2014 World Cup and Rio Olympics.
Although rights restrictions may apply in some countries, the app is billed as being available for use worldwide, but users should check first as broadcasting rights may vary with event and may therefore be unavailable online or outside Ireland. To watch live streams of sporting events, such as GAA football and hurling, users outside of Ireland may need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) like Hide My Ass (www.hidemyass.com) who offer an Irish IP address. There are usually no restrictions if you just want to watch replays of football/hurling matches or highlights programmes like The Sunday Game.
Some live sports streaming services are subject to broadcasting rights and restrictions. The availability, therefore, of some events may be affected by where you are trying to stream from and may require users to be in a particular country in order to access content. For those unable to stream from abroad, VPNs such as HMA and Tunnel Bear can enable viewers to access programmes in many different countries for little or no cost.
LIVE STREAMING F.A.Q.
Q. Do I need to have Adobe Flash installed to watch football, basketball, horse racing or other sporting events? A. No. None of the iPhone and iPad apps listed above require the user to have Flash installed in order to access live streams. Some of apps that stream live soccer games to Android devices may require Flash. Thankfully most feeds are now streamed using HTML5 that is compatible with any type of phone, tablet or browser. Q. Can I download apps from the iTunes App Store that will stream football/soccer games for free to my iPhone? A. Sadly no. If you want to get your app listed in the Apple App Store, it must first go through a very rigorous vetting process to ensure that it meets Apple's developer guidelines. Most of the Android apps that stream live sports do not have the necessary broadcasting rights to do so. Because of this they are rejected by Apple. Bet365 ( www.Bet365.com ) do stream thousands of sporting events, including European Football, to their iPhone, Windows Phone and Android apps every year. To watch these sporting events you just need to have a funded account with Bet365. Q. I only have a 3G connection. Can I still stream watch sports live on my phone? A. No. A few years ago you would have been difficult to watch live video on any phone or tablet but not anymore. Thanks to improvements in phone networks you no longer need a WiFi connection. You can now watch high-quality video feeds on your phone using a 3G, 4G or LTE network. Q. Do any of the United States betting apps stream live horse racing? A. Not at the moment. Most of the big European betting companies like Paddy Power and Bet365 broadcast horse racing from racecourses in the United Kingdom and Ireland, providing you first place a bet of £1 or more. Unfortunately, none of the United States betting apps offer a similar service as they are based off-shore and would have difficulties procuring the necessary broadcasting rights. Q. Can I download or record any of the games to watch at a later date? A. The BBC iPlayer app does offer the facility to download programs, which can then be watched at a later date. This is a useful facility when your planning to take a flight or if you're going to be out of network coverage. None of the other sports apps listed above offer a similar service.