FAQ: Live Race Streaming Guide

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Below, we’ve listed what are the most commonly asked questions as well as any information we think may help you in watching live racing online! This guide applies to both horse and greyhound races.

How does the live streaming work?
Live streaming, is the ability to take a television or satellite signal and re-broadcast it over the internet. Much like YouTube, this requires no actual downloading and the video will play back as it happens to your web browser or internet enabled device. Several bookmakers have now purchased the legal rights to selected racecourses and events from channels such as ATR or RUK and from this, provide race fans with daily streaming of the latest fixtures.

To watch any live stream, you simply need a broadband connection or higher. Most users in the UK will have at least 4mb connections through their ISPs and this is more than enough to make use of live video. Note that “live streaming” as it is advertised by bookmakers and services, may in fact have a delay of roughly 2-8 seconds in delivering the picture to you although this can vary.

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Are their any costs or restrictions?

Watch EVERY race in the UK and Ireland, live at bet365 (ad). You need not miss a second of the action - and there's not a subscription fee in sight! Simply place a bet of at least £0.50 win or £0.25 each-way (or currency equivalent) on your selection(s) and enjoy the race, courtesy of bet365! And that’s not all! bet365 have now launched an At The Races archive service, which means that you can now watch a video replay of any ATR race.

Please note that Bet365's At The Races streaming is not available to customers in Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Belize, Suriname, Bermuda, Guyana or the Caribbean. Racing UK streaming is not available to customers in Australia, New Zealand, Åland Islands, Saint Barthélemy or in Saint Martin. South African Racing streaming is not available to customers in Australia or Pakistan.

Our Info:

On our main streaming page, you will find the list of what we feel are the best live stream providers. There is no registration required on watchraces.co.uk, although you will have to sign up a the bookmaker or provider you have chosen. Remember, it is likely you will need to bet a specific amount to view a race live (check each bookmaker info on our main page to confirm terms). In general, customers in the following countries can not watch races live (although terms can vary depending on which bookmaker you use): USA (completely blacklisted), Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, France, South Africa, Sri Lanka or the Caribbean. If you are using a PC, it is recommended to use a browser such as Chrome or Firefox with Adobe Flash Player.

Live video quality?
In general, the quality of these broadcasts that we have watched and reviewed are very good, although it’s always worth reading each individual live race streaming review before making a decision on which one to pick as each site has varying picture quality and video size.

Can I watch live on a mobile or tablet?
Yes, but this will vary across all streaming providers. If you are looking to use an iPad or iPhone to watch races, then we strongly suggest checking our bet365 review as they have the widest range of devices available to watch races online. A provider such as Bet365 allows and promotes the use of Apple, Android, Windows, Nokia and HTC smartphones and tablets that can be used to watch live horse racing on their services. In addition, all PC and Mac computers are compatible as long as a good internet browser is installed as well as Flash Player.

Do I have to register an account to watch races live?
At the bookmaker you have chosen, yes; you will have to register a free account and be over the age of 18 in a location that allows for live-streaming and registration at the specific bookmaker. It is simply your choice if you then want to deposit funds and bet on a race.

What are the legalities in doing this?
For users in the United Kingdom and other countries, you are safe in the knowledge that with a TV License and subscription to the white-listed bookmakers mentioned on this website that it is completely legal to watch racing online. Bookmakers (such as Bet365) purchase the broadcast rights from services such as At the Races, Racing UK and GreyhoundTV to provide you with the coverage and in return, they hope you will use their website to bet.