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Many online bookmakers now offer their customers live streaming of specific sports events, but few can compete with bet365, which provides live streaming of a massive number of sports events.
To add to the In-Play excitement, bet365 stream over 200,000 events live to your PC every year - so you can bet as the action unfolds. Highlights include Masters Series Tennis tournaments and matches from some of the top domestic soccer leagues in the world. To use the Live Streaming service you will need to be logged in and have a funded account or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. Any fixture/event on the website which has the Play or Video icon next to it is scheduled to be shown via Live Streaming.
The best bookmaker for live sports streaming
With bet365, we were able to watch all significant events, and then some, in a wide range of sports. Among others, these included horse and greyhound racing, football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, darts, ice hockey, badminton and snooker.
bet365 also stood out from the competition because of the high quality of its visual and audio content.
What you need to watch live sports
We needed to open a bet365 account to use bet365’s live streaming service. Either the account had to have some funds in it or we were required to have placed a bet with bet365 within the last 24 hours.
System requirements for bet365 live streaming
bet365 live streaming worked across a variety of devices and operating systems. The main requirement is to have a device connected to the Internet with a good connection.
An important caveat
Bookmakers have to buy the rights to broadcast specific sports events, and typically these rights are owned at a country level. The result is that like other bookmakers, bet365 isn’t allowed to stream certain events to all countries. For example, UK horseracing feeds are not available in a number of countries. The bet365 site automatically uses your IP address to work out which country you’re in.
How to view in-play sports events
Any event due to be live streamed on bet365 will have a video icon beside it in the betting markets. The video icon changed to a yellow 'watch' button once the event started streaming, and clicking the button opened the relevant stream. Keep in mind that you'll need to be logged in using your bet365 account details and to have a funded account or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours.
The desktop version of the bet365 website allows users to pin any live stream to your bet365 homepage as you navigate the site..
bet365’s Match Live service
To complement its live streaming of sports events, bet365 provides a Match Live service to anyone using the bet365 website. Match Live displays graphics and alerts as a match unfolds, enabling tracking of key moments.
For a football match, for example, the Match Live console tracked goal kicks, corners, free kicks and throw-ins, as well as showing which team had possession of the ball and where the players were on the pitch. The graphics and text updated automatically as play proceeds.
The console also provided a Statistics option, which you can use to access details of what has already occurred in a match – for instance, the number of shots on and off target.
bet365 mobile live streaming
We were able to watch bet365 live streamed sports, including soccer, tennis, basketball, snooker, darts, cricket and squash, on an iPhone, iPad or Android device. To support streaming with acceptable picture quality, a good cellular or Wi-Fi connection is required.
A mobile device can be used to watch any horse race shown live on At The Races or Racing UK, provided qualifying criteria are met. Once you’ve placed a bet, click the Watch icon on the betting slip to watch the race live.