This week a client asked me if he could watch college football on his new tablet. Yes! “There’s an app for that.” Actually there are a lot of apps available. There are many free and paid options to watch football, soccer, basketball, tennis and other favorite sports.
You can download an app through “the company store”. (Google Play for Android devices and The App Store for Apple devices.)
Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Two good apps for streaming live sports are offered by television stations.
WatchESPN (ESPN Inc) offers live streaming of events from the ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU networks. You can enjoy access to events from the NBA, MBL, U.S. Open, The Masters, college football and basketball, Grand Slam Tennis and Euro 2012 Soccer — as well as original ESPN programming like SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption and SportsNation. WatchESPN is user-friendly, making it easy to search for your favorite teams, leagues and shows.
To access WatchESPN’s live stream, you’ll need a cable subscription through a participating cable provider (e.g., AT&T U-verse, Cox, Time Warner Cable or Verizon). The app will prompt you to enter your TV provider, TV subscription user ID and password.
CBS Sports (CBS Interactive, Inc.) features a live stream of video of top sports, including NCAA and SEC football games. Scores of games that cannot be streamed live are updated very quickly. CBS Sports also offers on-demand access to game highlights, analysis and original programming, as well as a live Twitter feed of commentary from players, writers, analysts and bloggers. The CBS Sports mobile app features extensive college football coverage including live streaming of some games on Saturday.
Note: You may need to download and install Adobe Flash Player, the leading video and animation player. Downloading Adobe Flash Player is free, quick and easy.
NBA League Pass Mobile allows you to follow the league through live NBA game viewing in addition to on-demand game replays and league highlights. The league Pass costs $16.99 per season and is available through the NBA Game Time mobile app.
MLB.tv offers the At Bat 13 subscription service, which features home and away broadcasts, HD quality video, full game archives and in-game highlights and stats. A season pass is $19.99 and premium subscribers have access to live video feeds.
In addition to apps, you can find websites that can connect you to an online broadcast of the sporting event you want to watch. Just do a search in your web browser. You may want to check out Ustream, FirstRow Sports and Stream2Watch.
Note: Streaming sports live does limit the life of your battery because it requires you to use your data connection plus the audio and video components of your device’s hardware. To prolong the life of your battery, try dimming the screen and turning off any unnecessary features (e.g., Bluetooth). Make sure to have a power adapter on hand to juice up your battery when the need arises.
If you, or someone you know, needs to learn more about how to search for good apps, or websites, I’d love to help. Call me today!
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