Watch Live Sports Online

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Here at Gigstreams, we try to help you find alternative ways to watch live sports online including football, ice hockey, basketball, baseball, golf etc that are usually free or substantially cheaper than the cable or satellite equivalent.

There are 3 main ways to watch sport online…

1. TV Streaming Software

A screenshot of PPLive software showing live American footballUse the free software available through this site which have the added benefit of no annoying ads and tend to be more reliable with less take downs.

There are several different programs available to you that will allow you to watch live sports like American football, soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey and tennis.

Sopcast is the program I tend to use most (download it here). There are always lots of “test channels” that appear just before a game and you can usually find the channel you are looking for.

If not, it’s a case of working through the other programs until you find the stream you are looking for.

I have listed all the main programs below. Click on one and you will see I have explained the pro and cons of each program and what channels to expect to see.

pplive logoppmate logosopcast logo

Most of these programs use a technology called p2p to transmit content. If your computer asks you to allow the programs to open ports in your firewall, always say yes. If you don’t, you will experience choppy playback – if at all.

It is also worth noting that you are better connecting to a stream 10 minutes before a live broadcast starts, as buffering can take some time.

If your computer is on a home or office network, you will also need to open the relevant ports in your routers firewall too.

2. Subscription Like NFL Game Pass

Pay for a subscription to the official provider like NFL Game Pass or MLB.tv (not available in the US). Check out my guide here.

To watch live Soccer, you can use some of the sport betting websites as these offer free high quality streams to all of their customers. You just need to sign up and fund your account. I recommend Bet365. At the moment, they’ll 100% match any deposit – Sign up here.

A screenshot of bet365 streaming live football

3. Streaming Sites

You can also watch live sports on one of the “gray area” streaming sites that are bombarded with ads and are constantly going down or taken offline (See our schedule page).

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