Which bookies offer live streaming for horse racing?
Horse Racing Live Streaming
One thing that often puts punters off from betting on the horses is that they have no way to watch it and they can’t stand the anticipation of waiting for the results to see if their gamble paid off.
Online betting sites have revolutionised this issue, with the majority of bookies now offering a live streaming service on their websites, which allows viewers to follow races live and keep track of their bets. Here is a rundown of the leading bookies and the live streaming service they provide, letting you know what you need to do to access the streams and watch the latest races.
BetVictor offers live streaming options for a large proportion of the horse races they take bets on, with the races eligible for streaming indicated with a ‘TV’ symbol on the race card.
Customers should remember that in order to access the stream, they should access the video prior to the start of the race, as it may not be available to watch once the race has begun. In order to watch the racing, customers are required to place a bet of at least £1 per race, with the stream going live as soon as the horses begin to head towards the start line.
Streams are only available in the United Kingdom and Ireland and bets placed using ‘promo cash’ do not qualify for live stream access.
Betfred live streams are provided by Racing UK and At The Races, so coverage is always reliable and of the highest quality. The streams can be found under the ‘Media Hub’ tab of the main website, with those wishing to watch required to place a minimum bet of £1 per race they wish to view.
Betfred encourage customers to download the latest version of Flash Player, as older versions may cause the stream to be slow, or to not work at all. Betfred streaming is only currently available in the United Kingdom and Ireland, whilst it only covers Horse Racing and not Greyhound Racing.
Betfair also offers quality live streaming for the majority of horse race meetings listed on their website. In order to access the streams, customers are required to place a minimum bet of £0.50 for every race they wish to view, which includes each way bets of at least £0.25.
Ante post bets, special bets and any available free bets do not qualify as eligible bets to access the streaming services. In order to access racing streams from races taking place in the USA or South Africa, customers are only required to have money available in their account.
Although race streams are advertised as live, the video service is subject to delays and Betfair takes no responsibility for losing bets which occur as a result of this.
Coral offers a fantastic live streaming service with few delays and streaming issues, although viewers are encouraged to download the latest version of Flash Player in order to benefit from the excellent service.
Coral’s live streaming works on almost all devices, including PC, iPhone, iPad and Android, however it is only able to be viewed by those in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Customers who wish to take advantage of Coral’s streaming service are required to place a minimum bet of £1 per race, although free bets do not count towards this. Viewers should also note that Tote bets, ante post bets and any form or special bet also do not qualify.
Ladbrokes also offers high quality, flawless live streaming services on a large number of the races available to bet on, with services provided directly by Racing UK and At The Races including up to the minute commentary and post race feedback.
Ladbrokes customers that wish to take advantage of these services are required to place a minimum bet of £1 for each race they would like to watch. Customers should note that Tote bets and any form of special bet does not qualify eligibility to access the stream.
Whilst Ladbrokes wishes to make their streams accessible to as many people as possible, the video feed may not be able to be watched by those in possession of a foreign IP address.
Whilst Totesport does not offer a live video streaming service, they do provide a commentary feed directly from the racecourse with up to the minute updates on every race taking place each day.
Although this isn’t as beneficial as the visual aid that other websites provide, one positive of the commentary service is that anybody can listen to it, as no customer account is required in order to access it. The live service is only available on desktop computers at present, although there is a dedicated commentary phone number that mobile users can ring for commentary, although this may charge customers for access.