Apps: Football TV without TV

Kick off in Munich! On Friday evening at 20.30 clock begins the 56th season of the Bundesliga. At the start, defending champion Bayern receives TSG Hoffenheim, whose keen coach Julian Nagelsmann has stated in advance that he himself would like to become a champion.

The opening match is live on both ZDF and Eurosport, so the fans have a choice. But it does not stay that easy in the new season. For who wants to see the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bundesliga, DFB Cup, Champions League and Europa League completely, needs four subscriptions and pays for it monthly for the 74 euros.

The internet is becoming increasingly important, the classic television is increasingly only a secondary role. LEAD introduces the best and most important apps for the 2018/19 season, for football television without a TV.

Sky go

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Sky Go, the Bundesliga and others on the iPad (Photo: Apple / Sky)

The mobile app from Sky is available for iOS and Android. Use is included in the subscription for all Sky customers. The games also run in the browser – if they are running.

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Because even seven years (!) After its launch, Sky Go is notorious for its dropouts and crashes when too many football fans want to watch the games. Also at the beginning of the new season was again the dreaded error message “Media Keymesserr Licenser Error” to see and the display remained black.

If it works, view subscribers via Sky Go all games of the 1st Bundesliga – up to the 40 games on Friday, Sunday and Monday, whose rights are since last season at Eurosport. The second league and the DFB Cup, on the other hand, can be seen completely with Sky Go.

The Champions League must share Sky from the new season with the sports streaming service DAZN. The division of the games is somewhat opaque, the two channels can each “pick” interesting games per game day.

Main rule: At Sky, all games in the conference, and more German single games than at DAZN.

Prices: The combination of the packages “Bundesliga” and “Sport” (Champions League, Cup) costs regularly at Sky 49.99 euros a month, the first year’s reduced for 24.99 euros.

The packages are also available separately: “Bundesliga” for 39.99 euros (first year 19.99 euros) and “sports” for 29.99 euros (14.99 euros). An alternative is the app “Sky Ticket”, which offers the entire Sky-Sport including Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Cup for € 29.99 per month without a fixed subscription. The first month currently costs only 9.99 euros.

DAZN

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DAZN has a new global figurehead for the new season – Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus, who will be featured in the Champions League and Italian Serie A broadcasts (Photo: DAZN)

The App of the streaming service, which belongs to the Perform Group of the Russian billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, runs on virtually every common platform. It supplies iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, various Smart TVs, PlayStation 3 and 4 and Xbox One. In the browser DAZN can be seen without download. Major technical difficulties have not occurred recently.

But so far, DAZN with English Premier League or US sports was more of a case for freaks. How good the app is, when the first time a Champions League match of FC Bayern, Schalke or Dortmund exclusively to DAZN can be seen, is exciting. DAZN is broadcasting 110 of the 138 Champions League matches live, so it has a larger package than Sky – but will show fewer German singles games.

In addition, there are at DAZN 40 minutes after the final whistle Highlights of the Bundesliga and all matches of the Europa League with Leverkusen, Frankfurt and Leipzig.

Price: The monthly subscription costs 9.99 euros, the first month is free. Anyone who quits on time during this test pays zero euros. If you are curious and want to save, you will not start the test month until you have a Champions League game on DAZN that you definitely do not want to miss.

euro Sport

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Expert Matthias Sammer and moderator Jan Henkel, the football duo of Eurosport (Photo: Eurosport)

The Eurosport Player runs as well as the DAZN app on almost every hardware – iOS, Android, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, PS4 and Xbox One. Also in the browser are the transmissions see.

At the beginning of football broadcasting a year ago, the servers were not up to the onslaught, Eurosport even paid back a part of the subscription fees. However, the app soon became overwhelmed and has been running smoothly ever since. Eurosport shows all 30 Friday games, plus five Sunday lunchtime games and five Monday night games.

New as a reporter is LEAD interview partner Anna Kraft, who has switched from ZDF to Eurosport.

price: The Eurosport subscription, which also includes other sports such as tennis, cycling or MotoGP, costs either € 4.99 per month or € 49.99 per year. Advantage of the monthly subscription: It can be terminated at the end of each month.

Telekom Sport

Telekom’s app runs on iOS, Android, Samsung Smart TV and Google Chromecast. In addition, the transmissions in the browser and on the Internet television “Entertain” of Telekom can be seen. Since playing in the 3rd league traditional clubs such as Kaiserslautern, 1860 Munich, Uerdingen or Brunswick, the telecom app is much in demand.

Subscribers can see all matches of the 3rd Football Bundesliga, the Ice Hockey Bundesliga DEL and the Basketball Bundesliga BBL. Also on offer: Women’s Bundesliga and the club TV FCBayern.tv.

Price: 9.95 euros a month. The Internet TV “Entertain”, which is available for telecom customers including receivers starting at 9.95 euros per month, includes the 3rd league.

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