Kayo Sports features and predicted additions

Existing Kayo Sports features (plus some features we would love to see).

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Kayo Sports has undoubtedly changed the way we Australians watch live sport forever. The live sports streaming app launched on 29 November 2018 and has made a massive impact in that time.

Providing viewers with over 50 different sports available on the service, it's turned into a one-stop shop for sports fans. For those who are yet to jump on board, we have an extensive review available and a detailed FAQ you can dive in to.

Needless to say, Kayo Sports – a sister product to Foxtel, sharing the same broadcast rights but built and maintained by a separate company – offers a dream experience for sports fans.

With a $25 per month starting price point and a 14-day free trial for new users, it offers the best bang for buck on the sports streaming market. But it also offers more than just a streaming service.

As well as the sheer portability of the service the amount of devices is strong too. Kayo runs in browsers, on iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV, PS4, PS5, Sony Bravia TV, Samsung TV, AirPlay and Chromecast. From November 2021, LG smart TVs have also joined the stable.

There are also a number of sport-specific experiences that can't be found anywhere else. Let's break them down.

Kayo Sports features

1. SplitView

SplitView is awesome for the sports fanatic. Given how many different sports Kayo has on offer, you're bound to get an overlap at some point, which is where SplitView comes in handy. This feature lets you watch up to 4 different sports at once.

Viewers are given the ability to stagger their screen. This can be done either through splitscreen, staggering windows at different sizes or just watching all 4 sports equal size on a screen.

Kayo SplitView. Displaying four different sports in equal sized windows.

2. No Spoilers!

Kayo understands that sometimes people get held up doing the groceries, stuck in traffic or have an event on. The one thing all of these have in common is that it could keep you away from the tele and missing out on sport.

To overcome this there's No Spoilers, which by simply turning on will ensure that you won't have the score shown to you. So whether you're watching on replay or just missed the start you'll feel like you're watching live. There's another feature that ties in with this later.

3. Key Moments Timeline

The Key Moments Timeline is fairly self-explanatory. When you're watching a sport and you go down to the timeline you'll notice some boxes pop up across it. These indicate a Key Moment. If you're watching a game of NRL this could be a try, a goal in football or AFL and something like a wicket or a big 6 in the cricket.

4. RaceView

RaceView on Kayo isn't designed for horse racing and is exclusively for motorsport. RaceView is a brand new way for viewers to experience motorsport. It gives you alternate camera angles for the V8 Supercars, Formula One and Moto GP.

Essentially RaceView gives you entry into the cabin of a race car or bike. You can watch from a Co-Pilot view, other Onboard Cameras, Heli-View (select races only) or from Race Centre (which includes some Interactive Stats).

You can watch RaceView live for all Supercars Championship qualifying sessions and races. For MotoGP and F1 it's only available for the races.

5. Interactive Stats

Interactive Stats allows you to really start to watch sport your own way. Whether it's a try, possessions, penalties or runs, they'll help you realise if a player is either passing or failing your eye test.

Currently Interactive Stats are available on all Australian cricket matches, AFL and NRL.

6. Kayo Minis

Kayo Minis are yet another feature designed mainly for those who missed an event. What they do is condense a game right up to about 15–20 minutes, acting as an extra extended highlights package. That way you get a deeper insight into the game compared to just the regular 3-minute highlights package.

You could also use these to follow sporting codes you enjoy, but don't have the time to watch full matches each week. Kayo has proven a game changer with Kayo Minis, an innovative feature that is now being copied widely on other platforms.

7. Alternate camera angles

Now not all sports are on offer, but some have alternate camera angles. These are different from RaceView as they don't offer as much interaction. The cricket is the main one that comes to mind. Australia's Test matches can be watched from the Flying Fox, which is really the Spidercam.

8. Video speed

If you've ever thought you can put together a better sports broadcast than the real producers do then this one's for you. Kayo allows you to watch programming in one of four speeds. These include slo-mo, normal, 1.5x and 2x speeds.

So if you have a bone to pick with VAR or the bunker take control yourself and slow things down. Alternatively if you're trying to catch up yet again speed the game up.

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9. From Start

Tying in with the No Spoilers! feature is the ability to watch From Start. No Spoilers! ensures that you won't have seen the score, but watch From Start allows you to go back to the beginning while the event is live. You can then catch up by fast-forwarding or watching in 2x speed.

10. Fixtures

Late in 2020 Kayo introduced a Fixtures tab. It's a great way to help plan out your viewing or to see exactly what will be on the platform. It shows up to a fortnight in advance of matches across all sports.

Kayo Sports Fixtures display.

New features we want Kayo Sports to add

This roadmap of upcoming features isn't entirely official and can only be considered speculation on our part. But from our time spent intimately exploring the product, these are some of the experiences we would like to see coming to Kayo Sports and live sports streaming in the future.

1. Interactive Stats improvement

Any self-respecting sports fan knows that the game is in the stats. It's important for Kayo Sports that you don't go outside the experience in the hunt for stats. Not just live stats from the game you are watching, but historical data that can improve the viewing experience. How many runs has this guy got in domestic cricket? How many tries has this Queenslander scored? Which club has had the most peptides?

You get the gist. While 2019 saw Interactive Stats arrive on Kayo Sports, we think it can go further by incorporating all of the Fox Lab data.

2. Fantasy sports

It's a big part of the game now for many sports fans and if you told us you had never cheered on a player you dislike simply for the fantasy points, we'd call you a liar. Managing, following and comparing your fantasy team's successes and failures within the Kayo Sports experience is a feature we hope to see.

If included, it's highly likely this feature will be linked to the fantasy sports experiences tied to Fox Sports, which is SuperCoach. So, if you currently indulge in an alternative fantasy competition, you may miss out on the fun with this one. Will this feature launch in time for the winter sports season? Fingers crossed!

3. More Kayo Sports original content

We've started to see the first dabble in original content already on Kayo Sports – look at the mini-game highlights packages, for example. However, this feature relies on repackaging existing footage. It's not original content.

Original content can further set Kayo Sports apart from the rest. Content that didn't originate on Foxtel, Fox Sports or any other channel. We aren't asking for an ESPN 30 for 30, but it's the same idea. Amazon Prime Video has made some inroads here investing in docos on the Australian Test team, Australian swimming, AFL and more.

If this comes to fruition, it will be interesting to see if the love goes both ways. Will Kayo Sports original programming be available to air through Foxtel? Or will it remain Kayo Sports exclusive content? We suspect it will be the former, because, you know, Kayo kind of owes Foxtel big time.

Kayo Originals. Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur chest bumping.

4. More platforms coming to Kayo

This one isn't too big a secret, but it is expected to be an evolving proposition. Initially, we had browsers, Android TV, Sony Bravia TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV, AirPlay, iOS and Android on the Kayo Sports platform list.

Sony Bravia TV and Android TV were the 2 big ones introduced in 2020 followed by PlayStation 4 and then PS5 and Microsoft's Xbox One. As mentioned LG smart TVs then came on board in November 2021.

5. Kayo home broadband and mobile broadband plans

While it's a bit complicated understanding the relationship between Foxtel, Kayo Sports and Telstra, these three sister companies are all part of the one larger empire. Given that Telstra is Australia's biggest telco, offering home and mobile broadband plans for just about every use case, a Telstra-Kayo broadband bundle just makes sense.

Telstra allows you to add Kayo onto the same bill as your mobile plan, which might be a nice way to hide the cost from your boss, but it isn't a saving. We want a saving. A discount. And we expect it to happen. We expect to see Kayo Sports tiered plans, which include large amounts of data and high-speed allowances, with Kayo Sports bundled into the price at a discounted rate.

In the interim, you may just need to switch to a new mobile plan or to a new home internet plan to account for Kayo Sports' above-the-norm data demand.

6. In-app chat

As mentioned before, Kayo Sports, like any brand, doesn't want to give you any excuse for turning off the app. When you're streaming live sport, it's often fun to be able to banter with others watching the same experience. This could be on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit or the sport's official homepage.

Kayo Sports would be wise to launch an in-app chat service that allows you to have that experience without heading outside of your live sport. How that could work is unknown. Could it be an old-school forum style experience? Or will it be more like WhatsApp, where you can engage directly with individuals, in private groups or in public groups, with like-minded sports fans?

7. Viewer gamification rewards program

We're all, every one of us, well aware that when it comes to our favourite sport, we know more than everyone else in the pub. Kayo Sports may be able to help you prove it. Like most modern services, we anticipate the Kayo Sports viewing experience will be gamified in the future, attaching a points system to your viewing habits and app interactions.

On the surface this may allow two friends to compare their love of sport in a new, unique way. But it could also allow Kayo to dive into the idea of giving meaningful rewards for its biggest fans. Sharing sports shows, setting up notifications, posting comments and watching full games are just some of the ways you could be rewarded with points.

Upon reaching certain milestones, we could imagine you receiving credit on your account, VIP access to new features, cheap tickets to games or merchandise and other such bonuses.

8. More channels

At the moment, live sports on Kayo Sports mirrors the experience offered on Foxtel, almost. You get the eight Fox Sports channels, three beIN SPORTS channels, two ESPN channels and Racing.com.

Already announced, but yet to be fully utilised, is a partnership with Red Bull TV. Missing Foxtel channels from Sky Sports could hopefully join the mix too. If there was an option to include Sky Racing, maybe even pubs could consider Kayo.

We also just yearn for something else, like channels from all over the world that could be partnered with and aired through Kayo Sports. If you're going to be the "Netflix of sport", a huge library of options is expected, which means you need more than Foxtel.

10. Choose Your Own Camera mode realised

One of the more exciting features originally touted by Kayo Sports was the Choose Your Own Camera mode. The theory being that the user, rather than the broadcaster, could toggle between the camera angles and choose the one they desire. However, this has yet to be fully realised.

Hopefully this feature will get off the ground in all its glory. Imagine watching a rugby league game and being able to go into splitscreen mode, with the main camera on one screen and the referee's camera showing on the other. Or being able to choose to watch an entire Nathan Lyon over from stump cam.

11. Better customisation options

If Kayo Sports goes down the route of fantasy sports, gamification and more, the entire app will need to be intimately linked to the viewer's profile. As part of this, we can expect to see a more robust suite of customisation options. The UI is designed in such a way it could easily adapt to deeper viewer preferences: surfacing sports you want to watch to the top and showing them in a way you desire.

We would hope to be able to choose a "loadout", where the UI jumps straight to the set-up you like for each particular sport. We also hope that we can do more with the notification system outside of just app alerts on your phone.

For example, can we be notified if any rugby league game gets to the last 10 minutes and there is under 6 points between the teams? Or be notified if any Big Bash T20 cricket match comes down to the last few overs?

12. Kayo Sports overseas

The one area where Netflix really managed to blow the competition out of the water was by unifying the entertainment streaming experience across borders. It's not an identical experience in each country, but as each licence comes up for renewal, it's getting closer to that end goal.

In sport, the water is even muddier. Tackling the global broadcast rights for every sport is like stepping into quicksand, the harder you search the more you drown. But you'd have to think being able to access Kayo Sports from overseas would be the number one request from members. But how could it be done?

Perhaps if Kayo Sports can find a way to partner with similar services overseas or buy up the rights in such a way that members can transition between countries without missing out on their sport, it could work. Or give a cut to local rights holders? We'll be honest though; while a desirable outcome, such lofty goals are too big to squeeze in right now we fear.

Image source: Kayo Sports website

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    DVAusSeptember 23, 2019

    Creeping up on October 2019 and still no sign of Smart TV or Console apps. Official word on their website at present is “Sometime late this year” which I’m taking to mean: “*Probabably* before Christmas 2019.” Also, according to their Kayo Help account on Twitter, they’re only targeting Samsung TV and PS4 at present. LG TV is apparently not on their roadmap yet. Would be nice to be able to watch it on a PS4. The streaming through a browser is great, but I don’t want to plug my laptop into my TV every time I want to do split screen. The Telstra TV app works, but it’s miles behind the other apps and the Telstra TV just doesn’t have the oomph to make it a smooth experience.

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      ChrisOctober 1, 2019Staff

      Hi DVAus,

      I too am surprised that more of these features have not yet been released. The conversations I was having with Kayo pre-Christmas 2018 certainly pointed to many updates throughout the year. Agree a PS4 app would be excellent and I am surprised how long it has taken Kayo to expand to consoles and TVs. Given this is a sister product to Foxtel, I think we can – long term – anticipate Kayo following Foxtel in terms of its platform availability.

      Apple TV or Android TV is a good option at the moment for the most user-friendly on-TV access to Kayo.

      Cheers

      Chris

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    RogerMay 25, 2019

    Kayo live streaming, great but do they offer catch-up on demand too? Time differences are a problem for us older retirees so catch-up and replay access is a must if I pay a subscription. Especially F1, Tennis & UK soccer
    Cheers

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      ChrisMay 27, 2019Staff

      Hi Roger,

      Yes almost all sports broadcast live are available on demand. Including the F1 and Tennis. However, UK Premier League is only available on Optus Sport. You can watch the EFL and other leagues on Kayo, however.

      Cheers

      Chris

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