Free football on pc — live football streaming

Free Football on Pc — Live Football Streaming

Using the latest P2P streaming technology it is now possible to watch live football streams for free from any channel in the world. To understand how this is possible we must first understand the clever idea of multiple users sharing small amounts of data then passing it on at zero extra cost.

P2P or peer-to-peer technology works by transferring data from multiple computers instead of from a single server. Firstly one computer will send a video stream to two other computers, these other two computers may then send out that same stream to two other computers and so on. This multiplication of users receiving and sending out an exact copy allows an almost unlimited audience to view the same streaming football game with no server costs.

A user, or node, with a fast connection may send a stream to more than two other nodes at the same time. Each node may receive the stream in two or more parts from multiple nodes and then assemble the stream in a way that the viewer doesn’t notice.

The Difference of P2P Streaming

Unlike regular P2P which downloads small segments of fixed length files from multiple nodes, P2P streaming technology still downloads the small segments but remarkably pieces them together on-the-fly and displays them as a video in real-time.

How To Watch a Stream

To be able to watch free live football streams, a piece of P2P software, otherwise known as a client, must be downloaded.

There are dozens of different protocols created by many different groups of programmers and choosing one will depend on what types of streams are available for the football games that are on.

Here are some of the most popular in use today:

PPLive PPMate PPStream SopCast TVAnts TVU UUSee

These streaming protocols are widely used across the internet for streaming live TV and the software can be found quite easily on the web and are completely free..

Where to Find a Stream

A lot of websites have listings for live games that are on or are about to begin. Next to these football match details there are links to various streams such as the ones above. For these to work, the P2P software must first be installed. So for example, if a game was on at 3pm on a Saturday on ‘ScoreTV Channel’ with a link to SopCast, that means to stream that TV channel, the SopCast client must be installed.

Often, a website that lists free football streams will have multiple instances of the same channel in case one or more do not work properly. The most popular games usually have the most streams available.

Browser Streaming

Some streams can be watched without downloading any software. If the correct plugins are installed in a browser and are up to date, it is sometimes possible, subject to availability, to stream a game using Real Media or Windows Media within a web browser window. Unlike P2P, these streams are coming from a centralized server and usually have a limit on the amount of users who can watch simultaneously so it is best to ‘arrive early’.

P2P — The Balance of Freeness

A user, once clicked on the stream link, can expect the live video to buffer for 5 minutes at the most, often much quicker. This means the ‘live’ playback may be delayed by an unknown amount of time depending on how many nodes the stream is being passed through.

The quality of a stream depends on the bitrate set by the original node and largely on how many other users are streaming and how fast their upload and download speeds are. If all nodes have good upload speeds then one can expect the quality to be high with very little skipping.

On a turbulent P2P streaming network for a particular ‘unlucky’ football game stream, with nodes logging on and off the network all over the place, sometimes data will be lost along the way and in the worst of cases, some nodes may miss the action or even miss a goal.

As users’ internet speeds are always going up worldwide, this is becoming less of a problem but will always exist in return for being free.

One popular website for free football stream listings is http://www.free-football.eu which is updated on a daily basis and has football games from all over the world.

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