Live TV in

HD quality 

– here’s how 

Everything you need to know about live

TV and streaming 

What is streaming? 

Streaming means listening to music or watching video in ‘real time’. These data streams are sent from the server bit by bit and stored temporarily in the browser’s cache. It is the opposite of downloading a file to your computer and watching it later. Streaming platforms such as Netflix are extremely popular and allow viewers to watch films and series whenever they want.

Live streaming 

Live streaming means that content, e.g. a live football game, is transmitted to the recipient in real time. Due to the buffering process (temporary storage of content), a live stream always has a short delay of a few seconds, however. Live TV without a delay is therefore not (yet) fully possible. The length of the delay depends on the provider, the Internet connection and the hardware used by the recipient. For live broadcasts without juddering and pauses during loading, the most important requirement is a sufficiently fast Internet connection. Different download speeds/bit rates are required depending on the resolution.

The following table provides the recommended Internet speeds for optimal transmission of the four most common formats. 

Internet speed required for smooth streaming

Standard Definition (SD) 720x576  at least 3 Mbit/s
High Definition (HD/HD-Ready) 1280x720   at least 5 Mbit/s
Full-HD 1920x1080 at least 10 Mbit/s
4K (Ultra HD) 3840x2160  at least 25 Mbit/s           

Live TV offer from UPC

Thanks to the fibre optic cable network and the latest hardware technology, live TV in Full HD is possible without long delays. Even our lowest priced Internet subscription offers you the Internet speed required for Ultra HD quality. With our MySports sports channel you can enjoy live sport, such as ice hockey and Bundesliga football.

The app for PC, tablet & smartphone

Live TV

wherever you go 

Not only can you enjoy live TV at home, but you can also watch live sport or live broadcasts of shows on the go. Simply launch the UPC TV App on your PC or download it free of charge to your tablet or smartphone.