<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/englandsucks.jpg”>Pirating video used to be limited to downloading movies and shows, but these days the dark corners of the web offer plentiful opportunities for pirates to broadcast and watch live events. Such streams are illegal but might give you access to something that you couldn’t find otherwise. Also, unlike legal streams, these work in every country on earth. No geoIP blocking!
We’ve told you how to watch news online, and even how to watch college football online for free (albeit, assuming you use a supported ISP). These legal services are amazing, but think about it: Hulu offers only a fraction of what you can find with a good BitTorrent tracker.
Likewise, there are more than a few underground communities where people share streams of their favorite sports teams online. Beware, though: this is very piratey and not really legal at all. Consider this an intellectual tour of sites you should never visit.
This site is very active, and tends to be the source of many of the streams found elsewhere.and there’s sections offering streams for a variety of different sports: football, basketball, American football, ice hockey, racing, rugby, fighting and more. Additionally, special events (the Olympics, for example) tend to have their own section.
The kinds of streams vary, of course. There are many flash-based streams, but more advanced streams tend to use services such as SopCast, StreamTorrent and TVAnts. In the future, perhaps, I’ll write about all of these programs individually; for now there’s an entire section of the forum dedicated to keeping you up to date on each program.
Quick and dirty, this site aggregates streams from around the web and offers them in an easy-to-process list. If there’s a sporting event happening tonight there’s a good chance it’s listed here. The streams are almost all flash, but they work.
Note that the people at MyP2PForums tend to not like these guys, claiming that they “steal” feeds from them. Kind of funny when you realize that all these streams are stolen from their original broadcasters, but whatever.
The web’s major streams sites, such as uStream or Justin.tv, seem to always be filled with major sporting events. This is, of course, illegal, but these sites don’t always do a very good job of policing their content. Search for a given team and something might come up.
Know that the best way to watch sports streams online on these sites is myp2pforum.eu though. This is because users will frequently name their stream something unrelated to the game (in order to avoid being caught and then shut down by the site). The link to streams like this is then found elsewhere.
There you have it: just a few ways pirates managed to find live sports on the Internet without paying. These streams vary in quality greatly, but it’s actually shocking sometimes just how good they can be. Make sure you’re well aware of your nation’s laws regarding piracy before you look at any of them though, and always try to find a paid alternative before pirating.
I’m curious: are there other such sites out there? Share them below if you know any.