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Europe’s biggest football tournament, Euro 2016, will kick-off late on 9 June in France. Football fans in India can catch the live action on TV, with the official broadcast on several channels of Sony Pictures Networks. According to the schedule, the matches will be broadcast in three time slots across the tournament—6:30pm, 9:30pm and 12:30am IST.

Those who can’t or do not want to watch it on TV can catch the matches live on their smartphones, tablets and laptops, without paying a dime more for subscription. Caveat: if you are using mobile data you might have a slightly heftier data bill next month.

Desktop and laptop users can watch the matches Live on Sony LIV’s new microsite www.sonyliv.com/euro2016. You don’t have to login or create an account to do this, and there will be no time-delay in the streaming. The ongoing matches as well as the highlights and other on demand videos can be accessed here as well. Mobile users can access the live matches on the same Sony LIV micro site on their phone’s web browser.

In case you also wish to receive updates and notifications as well as access features such as news, fixtures, tournament tables, team profiles and statistics, you’ll need to download the Sony LIV app or the Sony ESPN app on your iPhone or Android phone. Both apps are free and available on Apple store and Google Play Store.

The challenge with the Sony LIV app is that it houses a lot of other Sony content as well. It also shows too many ads and feels a little buggy too. Comparatively, the Sony ESPN app is much better. It is more stable, and provides live score updates, commentary and match analysis. When you tap on the live button on the top of the page, it will take you to the match page of the Sony LIV microsite.

The Sony ESPN app is listed on the app stores as ESPN app.

Users should be wary of other website or apps which show up at the time of live telecast and often crash in between or are infested with ads. These sites can house malware and download and install malicious programs on your device in the pretext of updating flash player.

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