Kayo beta: Foxtel’s plan to be the “Netflix of sports”
The new app offers live sports streaming in high definition from $25 per month.
While Foxtel has been busy working on its first 4K channel, the folks upstairs at Fox Sports have been developing a standalone sports streaming app known as Kayo Sports.
The AFR first reported that Foxtel was readying a new standalone sports streaming service with the moniker "Project Martian" back in August. At the time there were rumours of a launch in early November to coincide with the One-Day International between Australia and South Africa. Instead Kayo has had a soft launch into a beta version of the service that operates through a browser.
We await for confirmation of a full release date, no doubt alongside the Kayo app, in the near future.
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Developed in-house at Fox, Kayo moves away from the pricey contract model of Foxtel's cable subscriptions for more flexible month-to-month plans. It's an all-encompassing service with content from every Fox Sports channel, ESPN and beIN Sports (with more partners on the way). So no 12-month contracts, installation fees or channel packs.
At launch, there are two price tiers. Forking out $25 per month will allow you to stream on two screens at once, whereas paying $35 per month will give you three screens at once. Other than that, both plans are exactly the same, offering HD streaming, over 50+ sports (we've got the full list of sports) and a suite of innovative features like "No Spoilers" view and "Key Moments".
The app is currently available on smartphones running Android 6.0+ or iOS11+, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Telstra TV. Otherwise, it can be accessed via your web browser on PC or Mac. To take the beta for a whirl, you've got to go through the beta's official website.
Here's hoping Kayo has a smoother launch than Optus Sport's first crack. There's mounting pressure for local broadcasters to perfect the on-demand sports streaming model with more and more international sports like NFL, NBA and UFC launching their own standalone apps in Australia.
Image source: foxtel.com.au