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How to watch Kayo Sports on your TV: A step-by-step guide

How to Setup Chromecast for Kayo Sports

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The brilliant new live sports streaming service Kayo works a charm in browsers and on mobile devices, but watching it on your TV can be a little tricky.

We're really big fans of the disruption Kayo Sports has caused to the way we stream sports in Australia. Great features and great content delivered at a reasonable price. Built from the ground-up as a streaming service, it's the perfect partner in crime when your face-first in a device, but that is not how we often enjoy sport.

Indeed, we are inundated with questions from Australian sports fans wanting to know if they can watch Kayo Sports on their TV. Lounging on the sofa and relaxing in front of a big screen.

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The answer is yes, but it's more complicated than just turning it on. While native Kayo apps are in the pipeline for some TVs – which we believe will be modern models from the Samsung, LG and Sony TV range – there is no release date announced for that feature just yet.

So how do you watch Kayo on your TV? You use Chromecast. If you haven't used it before it may seem a little overwhelming at first, but it is actually quite straightforward. Here is a simple step-by-step guide you can follow, which will get you relaxing on the couch in front of your favourite sport in no time.

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If you want to watch Kayo Sports - or indeed anything streaming from a web browser - on your TV, then you need to use Chromecast. Thankfully, setting it up is a lot easier than you might think.

Step 1: In order to identify whether your home setup is capable of Chromecast, you need to check three things. Do you have a Smart TV (which is effectively any TV bought this decade)? Have you got a mobile, tablet or laptop? Is there a Wi-Fi network setup in your house?

Step 2: If the answer is yes to all these questions, then you can go ahead and buy the Chromecast dongle device. There are three generations of Google Chromecast, and then there is a Google Chromecast Ultra dongle as well.

The Ultra is the most expensive and the most feature-rich in that it can handle 4K casting and has a more powerful "brain." As it stands, however, Kayo Sports does not stream in 4K resolution. So, unless you have a 4K TV and plan on streaming other media in 4K, Chromecast Ultra is not worth the price upgrade.

Instead save some money and pick up a third-generation Chromecast dongle. You can expect to pay around $55 to $65 depending on the merchant. They're available on eBay, which could be your best bet if you can wait out the postage time.

Step 3: Once you have received your Chromecast dongle in the mail, plug it into an available HDMI slot in the back of your Smart TV. You will also need to run power to the dongle. The most elegant solution is to use a nearby USB port, but otherwise a standard wall outlet will do the job. Cables for both options are supplied in the box.

Step 4: Turn on your TV and use your remote to change the input source to the HDMI number in which you just inserted the Chromecast dongle. You should see the Chromecast setup page, which will include your Chromecast ID.

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How to Chromecast Kayo Sports on your phone or tablet

Step 5 (Mobile and Tablet): Now turn on your phone or tablet. Make your way to the app marketplace and locate the Chromecast app. It's a free download. Open the app, at which point it will begin looking for your Chromecast Dongle.

Step 6 (Mobile and Tablet): Head to your Wi-Fi settings on your phone or tablet and it will auto scan for nearby networks. You should see the Chromecast ID identified in Step 4 appear as a wireless device. Select it and allow it to connect, then head back to the app you previously opened. It should now have synced your device to your Chromecast dongle, and matching codes should appear on your device screen and TV screen.

Step 7 (Mobile and Tablet): Follow the instructions, which are straightforward and involve selecting your country and setting a more personal name for your network. You will then need to connect your Chromecast directly to your home Wi-Fi network by just following the straightforward instructions. Make sure you know your home network ID and your login password.

Step 8 (Mobile and Tablet): You are now ready to go. When you open up Kayo Sports, you should see a logo appear in the top right of the video that looks like the below. Tap this and the sport you are watching on your device will begin displaying on your TV. You're done!

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How to Chromecast Kayo Sports on your laptop

Step 9 (Laptop): Turn on our laptop and make sure it is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device.

Step 10 (Laptop): If you haven't already installed the Chrome browser on your laptop. Simply head to www.google.com/chrome to download it - it's free. If you have it already installed, just make sure it is updated. If it needs an update, it will be indicated in the drop down menu that appears when you click the three vertical dots in the right top of your browser.

Step 11 (Laptop): Once installed, look for the vertical three dots in the top right corner. Click this and from the dropdown menu you should see the option "Cast." Select this and your browser will begin looking for your Chromecast device. If you cannot see your Chromecast device, make sure you have completed the setup procedure in steps 5 through 7.

Step 12 (Laptop): Head to the Kayo Sports website in your Chrome browser. Login and begin watching some sport. If you've selected the cast option, that sport should now display on your TV screen. You're done!

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    marcFebruary 15, 2021

    I have an LG smart tv which has appletv as an app. However I can’t seem to find a way to download the Kayo app even though its ‘Áppletv”? Any thoughts? I have an older apple tv unit however i can’t get Kayo on that either. It looks like my only solution is cast to tv (least preferred) or purchase the latest Apple tv unit?

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      ChrisFebruary 15, 2021Staff

      Hi Marc,

      Unfortunately, you need the Apple TV box, rather than the app, to download Kayo. And that Apple TV box needs to be 4th generation or higher – it sounds like yours is not. Very frustrating! Kayo has been promising us for over a year that a native Kayo app will be coming to LG Smart TVs but there has been no movement on that much to my surprise. Hopefully it will happen soon!

      Cheers

      Chris

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    Jeremy wilshireDecember 22, 2020

    I have just joined KAYO. I can watch it on my laptop but NOT on my fairly new Samsung smart TV. What is the problem?

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      ChrisDecember 23, 2020Staff

      Hi Jeremy,

      Kayo Sports has been quite tardy in getting the app onto smart TVs. The official site says that all Samsung TVs 2017 and later should have the app, however. If you cannot see it, try upading your TV’s operating system through settings. You will need to the latest OS in order to use the Kayo Sports app.

      Alternatively, I watch Kayo Sports on my TV via the Apple TV 4K box. It’s a great device and you get 12-months of free Apple TV with it as well. Plus you can watch tonnes of other apps your TV may not have throught it.

      Cheers

      Chris

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    KeithAugust 22, 2020

    How do you pause Kayo and when you start again, you can continue from where you stopped it without it going back and starting from the beginning of the game?

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      ChrisAugust 25, 2020Staff

      Hi Keith,

      If you are referring to the Continue Watching feature you see on other streaming services, then it’s not yet available on Kayo. However, it’s one of the most requested features and I’m told it is coming in a future update.

      Cheers

      Chris

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    jennieFebruary 23, 2020

    Hi I Have a second generation chromecast that we use to watch Netflix stan and tv shows from our phones and ipads can a second generation chrome cast support kayo?? would really appreciate your help as I cant find a definite answer

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      ChrisFebruary 24, 2020Staff

      HI Jennie,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      It’s Kayo’s position that “for the optimal streaming experience, Kayo recommends Chromecast Ultra and latest 3rd Generation.”

      This doesn’t mean it won’t work with the second gen Chromecast, but Kayo’s made it clear that its advice if there is an issue is to upgrade. The 14-day Kayo trial is really easy to opt in and out of, however, so I recommend just giving it a go and seeing if it works.

      Cheers

      Chris

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    GerardFebruary 7, 2020

    What is better to use to watch Kayo on a Hisence Smart TX – Chromecast 3 or Chromecast Ultra or Apple TV a better option ???
    Also is NASCAR (live ) on Kayo ?

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      ChrisFebruary 13, 2020Staff

      Hi Gerard,

      Chromecast will work fine, but obviously, it needs to be cast from another device (phone or laptop usually), which may not always be open to you.

      I personally use Apple TV and find it great. The remote is a bit too “Apple” but the device itself works a treat. If you get a new Apple TV box (I went for the 4K option at a tickle over $200. It’s got all my other services on there too, plus comes with a free year of Apple TV+ (which I’m enjoying).

      Sadly though, while Kayo has some on-demand replays of last year’s NASCAR races, the live 2020 NASCAR is restricted to Track pass in Australia.

      Cheers

      Chris

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    LindsayDecember 23, 2019

    I don’t know anything about streaming but would like to try the 14 days free viewing. I am a EPL fan and follow Liverpool. Would a ChromeCast dongle work. I would buy one from the Good Guys I guess? But what after that?

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      ChrisDecember 24, 2019Staff

      Hi Lindsay,

      Firstly, I’m also a huge Liverpool fan. I think 2020 could be a rather excellent year.

      Unfortunately, I can also tell you that there is next to no Liverpool content on Kayo Sports. There are a few of the cup games available, but all the premier league and champions league matches are only available through Optus Sport. There are multiple ways to watch English Premier League (including Chromecast) that you may want to check.

      Cheers

      Chris

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