Watch Live Sports Online
Here at Gigstreams, we try to help you find alternative ways to watch live football, ice hockey, basketball, baseball, golf etc online 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
There are several different programs available to you that will allow you to watch 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.
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 game 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 (see links at the bottom of this page).
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 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.
3. Streaming Sites
You can watch one of the live feeds 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).