How to Use Ace Stream

Watch free sports and videos on this popular live streaming platform

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Acestream is great for streaming sports and other live events on your computer, but you can also use it on your Android phone. mihailomilovanovic / E+ / Getty

Ace Stream is a video application that lets you stream live sports and other content. It uses a peer-to-peer infrastructure similar to BitTorrent, which means that when you use Ace Stream to watch a video, you also upload parts of the video to other people.

Unlike services that offer live television streaming, like Sling TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Now, Ace Stream doesn't require a subscription. To use Ace Stream, you simply download and install the application, put in an Ace Stream content ID, and the streaming process begins.

Since Ace Stream is software, there's no limit to the type of content it can stream. However, it is very popular with sports lovers, since it's an extremely easy way to stream live sports. If a game you want to watch isn't available in your local market, there's a good chance you'll be able to stream it with Ace Stream.

How to Get Ace Stream

Ace Stream is only available for Windows and Android, so you need to be using a Windows PC or an Android device if you want to get Ace Stream.

To get Ace Stream up and running on your PC:

  1. Navigate to acestream.org.
  2. Click on Ace Stream Media X.x (Win).
  3. Click on Ace Stream Media X.x (vlc x.x.x).

    Note: There are, from time to time, multiple download options. Choose the one with the highest version number. If you find that it doesn't work, try the other option.
  4. Download the file, and run it after the download has finished.
  5. Read the licensing agreement, check I accept if you accept the agreement, and click Next.
  6. Choose which components to install and click Next.
  7. Select an installation drive, and click Install.
  8. Uncheck Visit Ace Stream website and test the installed software, unless you want to run a test, and then click Finish.

    Note: Ace Stream may install a Chrome extension, but you don't need the extension to use Ace Stream. Feel free to disable or uninstall it.

How Do You Find Ace Stream Content IDs?

Before you can watch a sporting event or any other live video on Ace Stream, you need something called a content ID. This is a long string of letters and numbers that the Ace Stream software uses to identify the video stream and connect you for streaming.

The best way to find Ace Stream content IDs is to search for "ace stream content ID football" on your favorite search engine, and just replace the word football with whatever sport or specific event that you're looking for.

Another way to find curated Ace Stream content IDs is to use a site like Reddit. This is a little more reliable, since real people will have checked the IDs to make sure they work. It's also more safe than visiting random sites you find in a search engine.

Some of the popular subreddits where you can find Ace Stream content IDs include:

How to Watch Free Sports and Other Videos With Ace Stream

When you install Ace Stream, you will find that it actually installs two applications on your computer: Ace Player and Ace Stream Media Center.

The application you need to launch to watch videos is Ace Player, which is a modified version of VLC Media Player. If you're familiar with VLC already, then you should be able to find your way around Ace Player without any issues.

To watch a video stream with Ace Stream:

  1. Launch the Ace Player application.

    Note: Press the Windows key, type ace player, and press enter to launch the application in Windows 10.
  2. Click on Media.
  3. Click on Open Ace Stream Content ID.
  4. Enter a content ID and click Play.

    Note: if you have a URL that starts with acestream:// instead of a content ID, you can click on Media > Open Network Stream and paste it there.
  5. Ace Player will connect to peers, buffer the video, and then start playing.

How to Use Ace Stream on Android

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Acestream lets you watch sports and other videos on your Android phone, but you also need a video player like VLC. Screenshots.

Ace Stream is also available on Android, which means you can use it to watch live sports on your phone or tablet.

Before you use Ace Stream on a phone, it's extremely important to point out that the application can use a lot of data. In addition to downloading a video, it also uploads portions of the video to other users.

If you're on a limited mobile data plan, then it's a good idea to only use Ace Stream when you're connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Before you can use Ace Stream on your phone, you need to download two apps from the Google Play Store: the Ace Stream Engine, and a compatible video player like VLC.

To use Ace Stream on an Android phone or tablet:

  1. Launch the Ace Stream Engine app.
  2. Tap the  icon (three dots).
  3. Tap Enter Content ID.
  4. Input a content ID and tap OK.
  5. Select a video player to play the stream, and check remember choice if you want to always use that player.
  6. Ace Stream Engine will connect to peers, prebuffer the video, and then launch your video player app.
  7. If asked whether to allow the video player app access to your photos, media and other files, tap allow.

    Note: Tapping deny will prevent the video player app from streaming your video.
  8. Your stream will start playing in the video player app that you chose.

Cast Ace Stream From a Phone or Tablet to a TV

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You can't cast directly from the Acestream app, but you can cast from the video player app if you have the right hardware. Screenshot.

Casting Ace Stream from your Android phone or tablet to your television is actually just as easy as watching on the phone itself.

Cast Ace Stream Using Chromecast or Apple TV

If you have a Chromecast, Apple TV, or other compatible device hooked up to your TV, it will show up as a player option after you enter a content ID into your Ace Stream app.

Instead of selecting VLC, just tap on Chromecast or Apple TV, and Ace Stream will send the video stream to your device.

Once the streaming process is underway, you can tap the remote icon in Ace Stream to control playback of the stream.

Cast Ace Stream Using Kodi

If you use Kodi to stream video to your TV, there's even an Ace Stream add-on that allows you to use Ace Stream content IDs right in Kodi.

Can You Use Ace Stream on a Mac?

Ace Stream is only available on Windows and Android, so you technically can't run Ace Stream on a Mac. However, there are third party video player applications out there that incorporate Ace Stream's technology.

What that means is that if you want to use Ace Stream on a Mac, you have to download a video application like Soda Player that includes native support for Ace Stream links.