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Streaming sports in Canada: Watch the action on the go with these services
Hockey, baseball, wrestling, basketball, soccer, cricket – you name your sport of choice, chances are you can stream it your way in Canada. This is how.
Streaming sport in Canada
Like in most parts of the globe, the streaming of content and particularly live sport has come a long way in Canada.
A market that was once overloaded with pop-up-fuelled, unreliable and often illegal streaming options now has a number of official, legitimate choices for viewing sport on your preferred device.
Compare sports streaming platforms
In Canada, depending on the provider, sports streaming can be available on mobiles and tablets, plus certain Smart TVs and gaming consoles. It’s always worth checking with providers to ascertain device compatibility for your chosen sport.
Canadian mobile phone carriers and international sports streaming companies like DAZN and FITE TV have access to a variety of professional sports in the Great White North. They offer a wide range of options and prices, with many also coming with free trial periods.
It’s also not just the live action itself sports fans seek. Features like split screens, highlights, multiple camera angles and dedicated shows are also selling points.
Free trials are common. iOS and Android devices, Smart TVs and apps are all options to access content. In an increasingly crowded market, more sports and improved features are becoming available all the time.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
What you need to stream sport in Canada
Mobile phone carriers in Canada have been quick to jump onto the sports streaming bandwagon. Mobile providers like Rogers Wireless (Sportsnet NOW) and Bell Canada (TSN) have established their own sports streaming sites and secured access to content.
Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Amazon Fire TV, plus Mac and PC, are other ways to access some of the content. Providers typically have monthly and annual subscriptions.
How much data does streaming live sport use in Canada?
Again here it depends on your provider and bandwidth. For example, Chromecast’s video output is 1080p, while it also has 4K available on Chromecast Ultra. Apple TV also has 1080p and 4K options.
If you have an Internet connection speed of around 30Mbps for download and 2.5Mbps for uploading you should be free to access content to most devices without any buffering or other issues. Streaming sport in 4K uses around 7GB/hour while HD uses a little less at around 3GB/hour.
Can I stream sports for free in Canada?
There aren’t many free sports streaming sites available in Canada. You may be able to find links to free sports coverage on social media sites like Facebook or Reddit. But if you come across websites that claim to offer free sports streaming, the quality may be poor and you’ll likely be hounded by obtrusive popup ads. It may also be challenging to know which sites are safe and won’t install any harmful software on your computer.
Your best bet is to take advantage of free trials. Many high-quality paid streaming services offer free streaming for a limited time period to attract new users. Try out different services to see which one suits you the best. Enjoy your favourite events on reliable platforms, and consider whether paying for a subscription is worth it to avoid the struggle of finding good-quality sports streaming for free.
Check out the table above to compare paid streaming services.
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