The world of television has changed so much over the past 10 years. It used to be that everything you wanted to watch was on television, but with the dramatic increase of TV rights deals that scene has changed dramatically. Now it’s all about on demand, PPV or live streaming. We’re going to run through the best ways to follow live sports events.
While some of the biggest sporting events such as the Olympics, World Cup and Rugby World cup are still available on terrestrial TV, most other sports event are not. And different from years gone by people are now even watching on mobile phones.
Since 1979, ESPN has dominated sports coverage, providing 24/7 coverage of all professional sports in the United States. As time has gone on, the network has evolved and expanded, covering sports from all over the world and an ever growing list of sports related shows and specials.
Sky Sports is a group of British subscription television sports channels operated by the satellite pay-TV company Sky, a division of Comcast. Sky Sports is the dominant subscription television sports brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland, covering all sorts of major sporting events from around the world
BT Sport holds exclusive live UK and Republic of Ireland TV rights to 52 Premier League matches per season, all Australia’s home cricket matches, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UFC, National League, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga, European Rugby Challenge Cup, the Premiership Rugby Cup, MotoGP, the FIH Hockey World League and WWE.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video qualifies as a sports streaming service mainly for its coverage of Thursday night NFL games and the option to add several sports-focused channels to your subscription, such as CBS All Access, NBA League Pass, and PGA Tour Live. Amazon also have bought the viewership rights to the US Open Tennis, the ATP Finals as well as other events in the tennis calendar. They produces the All or Nothing series which offers a behind-the-scenes look at various professional sports teams and is well worth a watch!
YouTube TV offers an excellent selection of live sports channels, including CBS Sports Network, several ESPN Channels, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, Olympic Channel, and Tennis Channel
Hulu is a great streaming service for sports fans. The service includes BTN, CBS Sports Network, seven ESPN channels, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, and NBC Sports Network. It is missing a few league-specific channels, such as MLB Network, NBA TV, and NFL Network.
Other Ways to following live events
Many betting sites, online casino and apps now offer live content. Another good way to follow live updates is on sports websites which will offer text commentary pretty much live. Twitter is also a very popular way of keeping up to date with what’s happening and team pages will constantly update. Fan interaction on twitter will also help viewers stay up to date.
If you know some other great ways to watch live sporting events, please get in touch!