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British Eurosport Player Review

British Eurosport Player Review

Review Overview

Quality of Video Stream
7
User Interface
7.5
Content on Offer
6.5
Device Availability
5
Value for Money
8
6.8

Great Value For Money

When most people in Britain think of sports television, Sky’s phenomenal coverage over a range of channels usually comes to mind. But another player on the market is Eurosport, and considering they cost a fraction of the price, offer contract-free monthly subs for online content, and fill the gaps pretty well between Sky, the BBC and ITV, British Eurosport appear to be quite a serious contender.

The UK arm of Eurosport is part of a network of channels spanning 54 countries and 20 languages which originally started life via International satellite coverage in 1989, before launching as British Eurosport a decade later.

Covering a range of sporting events that have included the Paris Dakar & Monte Carlo Rallies, the World and European Athletics Championships, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, the French, Australian and US Opens, World Championship Snooker, ICC World cups, All England Open Badminton Championships & the Australian Football League, a lot of bases have been covered over the years.

What is pretty amazing though is the price. Starting at £3.99 (€5.20, US$6.00) per month, with an obligation to subscribe for a year, or a contract-free £5.99 (€7.85, US$9.11) per month if you prefer no commitment, the price is considerably lower than what Sky charges – although this has a lot to do with avoiding money pits such as the English Premier League.

Eurosport provides live feeds of their two official channels as well as additional streams, depending on the events being covered, with video quality hovering at a reasonably comfortable 3000kbps. Platform support is average, just edging into the acceptable mark, with web, iOS, Android, Panasonic, LG & Samsung Smart TVs and the Xbox 360/One covered.

Interestingly enough, Eurosport’s satellite channels 1 & 2 are also available online via the Sky Go service, but a separate Sky Go subscription is required in that instance.

 

  • http://www.eurosportplayer.co.uk

    To confuse matters a bit, there are three websites for British Eurosport, the above-mentioned Eurosport Player, http://tv.eurosport.co.uk and https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. For the purpose of concentrating on live streaming, the following review will focus on www.eurosportplayer.co.uk.

    Eurosport Player’s web portal is a simple affair, and for that reason I absolutely love it. There is no clutter or pointless distractions, as it simply gets right down to the point at hand.

    Selecting a sub is straight forward, and upon signing up viewers have the choice of the Home Screen providing highlights for upcoming or currently playing events, the TV Schedule for a small, but sufficient EPG, Videos for a selection of clips or catch-up of entire events, and finally where it all happens – the Live section.

    Here, the main video screen carries on the principle of simplicity as if it wrote the book itself, with an enormous video window emphasizing what brought viewers here in the first place – the live stream. Changing channels can easily be done from selectors on the right-hand side, with little else to distract the viewer in the playback window other than a full-screen button and time-bar.

    Quality ButtonLive streams can be paused and timeshifted by up to 3 hours, and a the time-bar at the bottom of the video window will always show the current position in reference to the live event, with video streaming in at a very pleasant 3010kbps*. This is just hovering at the 720p HD level, which is where Eurosport Player peaks. It is worth keeping in mind that Silverlight is required which does limit browser compatibility a tad (notably, my test-rig’s Chrome browser was not supported at the time of publication).

    If you have been reading my reviews over the years, you’ll know I normally don’t like streaming websites much – I just don’t like to watch television on a computer. Maybe that’s because I work on computer all day, and this is not how I would want to spend my spare time. Alternatively it could be the smaller screen or the fiddly UI. If I’m going to watch sport at home, and it’s not summer with the BBQ fired up, then I want to be well and truly comfortable on the sofa, with a beer nearby, and the biggest screen in the house streaming the match.

    But I have to say, if I must use a streaming website, it may as well be Eurosport since they have pulled off such a fine job.

    Platform Pros:

    • Simple, elegant and clutter-free website & UI.
    • 720p HD streams.
    • Pause live TV with time-bar.
    • Clips and catch-up.
    • EPG.
    • PVR & timeshifting up to 3 hours.

    Platform Cons:

    • No Chrome support.

    Note: Eurosport employs a rather aggressive automatic locale selector. If a Eurosport website is available for the country you are located in, the webpage will always default there – regardless of where your account is located. This means if you travel on holiday, you may not be blessed with coverage in your language of payment – unless you use a compatible Smart DNS or good VPN service.

    Sport BUTTON Catch-up BUTTON Time Bar BUTTON Live TV BUTTON HD BUTTONPVR BUTTON

     

     

     

     

     

    This service is geographically unblocked on this platform by the following Smart DNS providers:

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  • Keep Calm iPad

  • Keep Calm Android

  • Keep Calm Samsung TV

  • Keep Calm Samsung TV

  • It always comes as a pleasure when I review a service in which I find it difficult to poke a lot of holes into, and Eurosport player almost certainly falls into that category.

    Clearly, the team behind Eurosport care a great deal about the quality of delivery, both in its user interface as well as video quality – and this is without even discussing the exceptional content available for such a great price.

    If sport is something taken seriously in your home, then the obligatory 12 months for the cheapest subscription could be a great investment, but even at £5.99 for the contract-free monthly pass, viewers will get a lot of good sport for their money.

    Compare this cost to the main UK pay-wall competitor Sky, where via Sky Go they ask for a staggering £35 a month as the cheapest way to access their sports pass. One of the reasons for this high price is their draconian package policies, forcing customers to subscribe to various channels they may not actually want just to get the sports ones they do (in this case, the Family package). Though in all fairness, subscribers do get nine sporting channels – seven from Sky themselves with their own range of exclusive content, as well as Eurosport’s two anyway. Alternatively, Sky also offer a Now TV sports pass which sets users back an unbelievable £10.99 per week (over £45 per month) – although this pass is aimed at the casual sports fan.

    Eurosport have none of these old-school policies, with instead, a simple, affordable and easy to understand selection of two subscription choices that offer exactly what it says on the tin.

    Where could Eurosport Player improve? Essentially at the platform level. Eurosport covers a number of important devices, but falls far short from comprehensive coverage. It is one thing to support the Xbox One, but missing out on the PS4 doesn’t help those owners. Lacking a Roku channel is almost unforgivable, as is the omission from the Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Apple TV – and an iOS streaming app without AirPlay is a bit like visiting Greenland without a jacket.

    Pros:

    • Simple, elegant and clutter-free website & UI.
    • 720p HD streams.
    • Pause live TV with time-bar.
    • Clips and catch-up.
    • EPG.
    • PVR & timeshifting up to 3 hours.

    Cons:

    • Chrome browser not supported.
    • No AirPlay support.
    • No Chromecast support.
    • Platform support could improve.
    • No 1080p streams.

    Sport BUTTON Catch-up BUTTON Time Bar BUTTON PVR BUTTON Live TV BUTTON HD BUTTON

     

     

     

     

    Log:

    16.01.2015: Review published. Score 6.8 Great Value For Money.

    * Bitrate tests were based on multiple averages and are subject to both the geographical location and ISP bandwidth at the time.

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Comments

  1. Hi Jo,

    Long time no speak!

    Eurosport UK is blocked here in Australia even with my Overplay DNS. Is this something Overplay are working on, or do I need a VPN as well?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Aed, great to hear from you again!
      At the moment, it seems OverPlay are not supporting Eurosport UK, although Unblock-us are. I’ve put in a request to OverPlay, but it helps when more people add their voices, so don’t be shy to send over a request for it as well, especially as the Australian Open is being shown. If you want a specific platform supported (i.e. iOS, Smart TV etc), ask that as well, as by default, the website is usually the first to be added. Of course, I can’t say if OverPlay will add Eurosport UK support, it all depends on how many people request it and other services in their pipeline.

    • Titus A Duxass

      I watched Eurosport UK all last year via UnoTelly with no problems.

  2. Elsa

    How can you rate this so high? The video playblack stutters, most times it is 2 seconds play, 2 seconds stuttering. With tennis it is agonizing – you see the ball come over the net,then you have to wait where it will drop! Impossible to watch and it takes twice as long to watch it due to the stutter. I have no troubles watching anything else in streaming mode. Loads of complaints on the web from other users about the same thing.

    • Jo Chambers

      Hi Elsa, are you watching through a web browser? If so, the stuttering may be related to browser issues. These are so often the case when watching video via a browser. If not and you are outside the UK, it could be either your distance to the UK and how many hops, or which VPN/DNS provider you are using.

      Live streams are much more difficult to travel long distances than on-demand, as they can’t have the same buffering levels since they need to remain live.

      My tests were done in Germany which is just a small hop across to the UK, and it is possible the Eurosport servers are based on the continent anyway.

  3. Libby

    How do I get British Eurosport on Filmon? I live in Portugal & my son-in-law is coming here in June & will want to watch the Le Mans 24hr race. I am quite happy to pay a subscription for a month if that is what is needed.

    • Jo Chambers

      Hi Libby, you can’t do this via FilmOn, but there is an alternative option. TVPlayer is a similar type of service based in the UK, and they have two options, free or via subscription. The subscription version offers British EuroSport (and a pile more channels) for £4.99 per month. Now, the good thing is that they also offer a 30day free trial for the Plus service.

      As you are in Portugal, you’ll need to unblock geographic restrictions, but a good Smart DNS service can do this easily for you, and for around €3.50 per month, you can use something like Getflix for this. Getflix also provide a free two week trial.

      Now TVPlayer can work on many devices that directly connect to a TV, including the Apple TV 4, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android, or via browser.

      So, your best bet would be this:
      1) A week or so before the event starts (or earlier if you just want live UK television), take out a) a free two week trial from Getflix, and just use the free version of TVPlayer.

      2) Test it out over the week to make sure that you are getting good quality streams on your device, and that everything is set up to unblock it.

      3) If it is working fine, then try the one month free trial from TVPlayer Plus, and there is your British Eurosport.

      Who knows, if you like it, you may want to keep the subscription for both Getflix and TVPlayer going, but if not, you can cancel both at any time.

      You can find a full review of TVPlayer here:
      http://www.eyeondemand.com/2014/02/05/tv-player-review/

      (Note: TVPlayer is an official and legal distributer of British Eurosport, so if you subscribe via TVPlayer, you know that your money will be going to the right people/organisation)

  4. Tom

    Hi my play back is always crackling but watching live sport is fine what’s happening?