If you don’t want to have to invest in a costly monthly satellite subscription for live sports, have you considered live streaming services? Although there has been a tough crackdown on illegal sites, which have attracted large swathes of young football fans on a regular basis, there is an alternative to purchasing a SKY or BT subscription. This article is designed to equip you with all the information you need to stream everything from the Premier League to daily UK horse racing wherever you are, at home on desktops and on the go with smartphone and tablet devices.

iFollow: Revolutionising live streaming in English football

The way live action is consumed in the English Football League (EFL) has changed forever since the introduction of a new high-definition live streaming and content platform. iFollow was designed specifically for football fans to watch their favourite teams in the EFL when living or staying overseas. More than a quarter-of-a-million fans of EFL teams live outside of the UK and Ireland and the iFollow service will allow subscribers to watch all 46 of their team’s league games for just £110 per season. EFL supporters based in the UK and Ireland cannot stream the games due to licensing agreements, although live audio commentary and HD highlights reels are viewable within moments of the final whistle. It’s unlikely the service will be opened up to UK and Irish fans as this would not only infringe licensing deals, it would jeopardise the long-term future of spectators bothering to go to the stadium and watch their team.

Non-subscription streaming with online bookmakers

For those sports fans that enjoy watching even the most obscure competitions; from European handball to eSports, it’s now possible to stream a huge selection of sporting events at leading online bookmakers. It’s not just obscure events they cover too. There’s live ATP and WTA tennis and daily UK horse racing and greyhounds too. This website lists upcoming football fixtures at William Hill and specifies whether each game is available to watch live via William Hill TV. All that’s needed is to have a positive balance in your bookmaker account. It doesn’t matter whether you have £5 or £500 in there, you just need to have some funds deposited. You don’t have to keep the account active, so for just a £5 deposit you can get a year’s worth of live sport streamed to your computer at home or on your smartphone on the move. This service has proven particularly popular among professional sports traders who require live pictures of action to trade the in-play movements on markets via betting exchanges and online sportsbooks.

ESPN Player: Multi-platform streaming for all major sporting events

If you’re a fan of professional sports in North America, you’ll love ESPN Players’s new live streaming service. Bringing you live events and shows from all ESPN sports channels, as well as on-demand newsreels and game highlights, you can stay connected to everything, including NBA, Major League Baseball, college football and even tournaments from the fledgling eSports industry. Most importantly, ESPN Player is available for a monthly fee of just a couple of beers. You’re not tied into a long-term subscription contract, you can simply cancel your contract and it will expire at the end of the same month.

Sports fans are becoming less reliant on satellite dishes to beam back live broadcasts of the biggest games. Live streaming now offers the same quality one would expect from a satellite broadcast, for a fraction of the price. Although some live streams can be more than ten seconds behind the action, that’s a small price to pay for having your favourite sports at your fingertips.

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