The closure of TVN, the Thoroughbred Vision Network, in March 2015 opened up a market for the online streaming of horse racing, with several leading bookmakers snapping up the opportunity to add this extra service for their punters.
The ability to live stream major meetings is a massive asset for bookies because it keeps them on their mobile apps and websites. It’s a one stop punting shop. It enables punters to get live odds and watch the race simultaneously on their computer, mobile phone or tablet anywhere, anytime.
The live streams provided by both Crownbet and Sportsbet allows customers to view Victorian metropolitan and provincial thoroughbred racing, with the bookies having partnered with Racing Victoria to bring their punters the action live from the track, with commentary provided by racing.com.
Best bookmakers for live-streaming thoroughbred racing
Two of our recommended online bookmakers offer live-streaming of Victorian thoroughbred racing, Crownbet and Sportsbet, enabling punters to watch live racing anywhere in Australia as long as they have an internet connection.
d is available to all of the bookmaker’s customers who hold an active account, with the live stream having a three-minute delay before the race.
Sportsbet offers a live-stream free of charge for its customers with an account, however there is also the additional catch that you must have funds in your account before being able to enjoy the racing product. Additionally, if you have missed watching a race live or just want to re-live a massive win, Sportsbet also provide replays of all races.
The live stream includes racing at the three main tracks within Victoria, Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley, as well as the flagship events held at each race during the spring, the Melbourne Cup, the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate.
How can I watch live stream racing through an online bookmaker?
To do this, head to one of the above websites and click on the ‘join now’ option at the top of the screen.
From there you will be directed to fill out your personal details to create your account – but don’t worry – your information is 100 per cent safe, with both bookmakers offering the highest standards of encryption software to keep your details secure.
Once you have filled in your information and created your account you will then be prompted to add some funds to your online betting account. While this is not a requirement to view racing with Crownbet, both bookmakers have some excellent sign-up deals for punters, giving you up to hundreds of dollars in free bets when making your first deposit.
For example, with depositing $300 with Crownbet, you will receive a massive $450 in bonus bets, while Sportsbet offers its customers a matched bet bonus of up to $501.
Once you have cash in your account and have placed a wager on a Victorian race of your choice, it’s time to tune into the live-stream and cheer on your chosen runner.
When viewing on a computer, you will see an icon on the screen which you must click to launch the live vision. It is important when trying to watch on a computer to ensure that Flash Player is installed on your PC and that third party cookies are enabled in your web browser.
You can also watch racing through the Sportsbet and Crownbet apps on your mobile phone or tablet, with the option to watch the race available when viewing the market for a Victorian thoroughbred event as well as on the home screen of both apps.
The live stream is also available on your phone and tablet through your internet browser. After tapping the link to the stream on the bookmaker website, a preview will appear over the current page. You will then need to tap play on this preview in order to start the stream.