Kayo beta: Foxtel’s plan to be the “Netflix of sports”

Brodie Fogg 9 November 2018 NEWS

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

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    GeoffDecember 27, 2018

    How to subscribe to Kayo, cancel Foxtel and instal Netflix?

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      JohnDecember 27, 2018Staff

      Hi Geoff,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Please see the steps below for each of the questions you provided.

      Subscribing to Kayo:

      Download the Kayo app from the App Store on your Telstra TV.
      Open the Kayo app on your Telstra TV and select Join Now.
      Choose the package you’d like to buy.
      Now that you’ve chosen your package, your details will be automatically updated. However, you’ll be prompted to create a password for added security. If your details can’t be verified on the Telstra network, you’ll need to sign up online at Kayo Sports.
      Finally, accept the Terms and Conditions.

      Cancelling Foxtel TV:

      Go to My Foxtel Now.
      Log in to your account.
      Click the Deactivate button.
      You will be transferred to the “Deactivate Service” page. Fill in the form and click on the Deactivate button.

      Installing Netflix:

      If you platform is Android, click on the Play store. Else, click on the App store
      Search for Netflix and download.
      Once downloaded, click on install then open the App.
      Enter your username and password. If there is none, create one via the sign up button.

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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