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Foxtel vs Kayo: Which live streaming option is best for sports fans?

Kayo is the cheaper option and offers almost everything sport-related available on Foxtel, but there are a few more nuances to consider.

Devoted sports fans won't be appeased with access to just free-to-air matches so it comes down to which streaming service offers the most bang for buck: Kayo Sports or Foxtel?

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Kayo vs Foxtel: Price

Both Kayo and Foxtel offer over 50 sports live or on demand. However, starting at $25 a month for a single stream, Kayo is cheaper than signing up to a Foxtel subscription.

This is even after a recent price rise from Kayo this year on its Basic package.

On the flip side, if you value non-sports content, you could:

  • Sign up to Foxtel's set-top-box experience (Foxtel iQ) which works with an internet or satellite connection. Adding its Sports HD bundle on top of the Foxtel Plus pack will cost you a minimum of $77 a month. The monthly price goes down though if you sign up to a 12-month contract.
  • Alternatively, you have the option to sign up to Foxtel Now, a streaming service similar to Kayo that allows access to Foxtel with only an internet connection. Adding sport to its base Essentials pack will cost $54 a month.

You can sign up for a 10-day free trial to Foxtel Now before making a decision. With Kayo, A 7-day free trial is available for new customers.

  • Good to know. If you're looking for more than just sports, you could consider signing up to Kayo and BINGE separately and still pay less than what you would with Foxtel. BINGE allows you to get the most out of your Foxtel movies and entertainment hit from just $10 a month, but that includes ads.

Here's a quick price comparison of Kayo and Foxtel sports pack options to help you with your decision:

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Name Product Free trial period Max video quality Simultaneous streams Monthly price
Kayo Sports One
Kayo Sports One
7 days
HD
1
$25
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic
7 days
HD
2
$30
Kayo Sports Premium
Kayo Sports Premium
7 days
HD
3
$35
Foxtel Sports HD
Foxtel Sports HD
N/A
4K
2
$77
Foxtel Now - All Packs
Foxtel Now - All Packs
10 days
HD
2
$104
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
10 days
HD
2
$54
Foxtel Premium
Foxtel Premium
4K
2
$102
Foxtel Platinum Plus
Foxtel Platinum Plus
4K
2
$140
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Does Kayo have more sports than Foxtel?

Yes. Kayo streams more sports than Foxtel, but that's only due to some niche sports coverage such as chess and pickleball.

But given these are low-tier sports, you might be able to watch them on Kayo for free.

Ultimately, both platforms offer similar content and Kayo also covers all Fox Sports channels. Your decision for signing up to a platform will come down to price and features.

Kayo vs Foxtel: Features

Both Kayo and Foxtel provide the same sports content in HD, but there are a few feature differences between the 2 platforms.

Kayo

Kayo offers you a sports viewing experience that is beyond what is available on Foxtel.

This includes features such as a Key Moments timeline, SplitView (4 channels at once), No Spoilers and the ability to adjust your speed so you can watch sports in slo-mo or speed things up a bit.

There is also an excellent Netflix-style user interface and bespoke content such as the Kayo Minis highlights videos.

Foxtel

Unlike Kayo, Foxtel's latest iQ boxes allow you to stream sports in 4K resolution. Just remember that not all sports are filmed (or broadcast) in 4K and you also need a 4K TV to see the difference.

Foxtel Now is only available in HD.

You can also record using Foxtel's streaming box.

As part of its subscription, you also get free access to the Foxtel GO companion app, allowing you to access a selection of your channels on the move.

Deal

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Deal

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Kayo vs Foxtel: Devices

You'll need an iQ box for a standard Foxtel subscription, but it comes to the streaming-only options of Kayo and Foxtel Now, there are plenty of devices to choose from.

Here's how they compare to each other regarding devices.

DeviceKayoFoxtel Now
iOS
Android
Apple TV
Android TV OS
Smart TV (selected models)
Chromecast (Ultra models and later recommended)
Google Nest
PC/Mac
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 5
Foxtel Now Box
Telstra TV
Amazon Fire TV Stick
NVIDIA Shield TV

Most devices can stream both services, but some such as older PlayStation consoles may have limitations.

Neither service is available on Xbox.

Kayo allows for multiple simultaneous streams with different pricing tiers, while Foxtel and Foxtel Now allow for up to 5 registered devices but only 2 simultaneous streams. You'll need to pay more for additional streams on Foxtel iQ.

Verdict: Should I get Kayo or Foxtel?

The decision ultimately comes down to your budget and entertainment requirements that go beyond sport.

Foxtel iQ offers the convenience of having sport, movies and more under 1 package and the option to stream in 4K.

Foxtel Now lets you stream Foxtel without the need for a set-top box and at a cheaper price than Foxtel iQ, but doesn't offer 4K.

Kayo gives you the same access to sport and allows you the flexibility to sign up to other streaming platforms on a need-to basis, and for much cheaper.

Sign up to Kayo here.

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    NicAugust 16, 2023

    Is kayo best for all tennis inc. Atp & Wta. Or does foxtel now show all tennis tournaments?

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      MarkAugust 18, 2023Finder

      Hi Nic,
      Neither Kayo nor Foxtel is the best for tennis after beIN SPORTS left both these services recently: https://www.finder.com.au/bein-sports-leaves-foxtel-kayo-2023
      The best place to watch all regular ATP and WTA events during the year is beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
      If you want to watch the Grand Slams, you’d need Stan Sport instead (or just watch them on Channel 9 if you’re okay with whatever matches are shown and don’t want to access every match live).
      You can read more in our guide: https://www.finder.com.au/watch-tennis-online
      Hope this helps.

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    JohnMay 25, 2023

    We currently have Foxtel but need to streamline expenditure. We were thinking of Kayo but know little about it. Can you record sports events from Kayo like you do on Foxtel. If you watch a lot of sport would all that cost extra on top of subscription.

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      MarkMay 25, 2023Finder

      Hi John,
      You can’t record on Kayo. It’s just a streaming service over the internet compared to Foxtel, which uses the iQ box to not only watch but record programs. Some sporting events are available on demand though, so if you can’t watch it live, you will be able to catch up later on Kayo even if you can’t record. But keep in mind because of all the different rights involved with sports, there are differences between how long each sporting event is available on demand, or even if they’re available on demand. In some instances Kayo may only show an event live and not have a replay available.
      Kayo is just a sports streaming service, so your subscription price includes all the sport you want to watch. If you are subscribing to Foxtel to only watch sport, then switching to Kayo would work out cheaper. But keep in mind only Foxtel allows you to watch sport in 4K where available on your iQ box. We have some more details on Kayo in our guide: https://www.finder.com.au/streaming-sports/kayo-sports
      Hope this helps.

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    matthewMay 2, 2023

    have fetch through Aussie Broadband. Had foxtel before. now i am missing my N.R.L matches and my favourite Moto Gp racing. Does Kayo fill that gap?

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    WhyMarch 13, 2023

    When and why dont you have sky thoroughbred racing from nsw..its the only reason i wont get kayo

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      MarkMarch 16, 2023Finder

      Hi Dave,
      You are correct that Sky thoroughbred racing isn’t on Kayo. It is on Foxtel though, so you could go look back over our Foxtel vs Kayo page and see if that is an option you would like to choose if you don’t already have it. https://www.finder.com.au/kayo-vs-foxtel
      Sky Thoroughbred racing is also part of the Foxtel Now essentials pack, so that is another option to look at if you wanted access it there (and other racing channels Sky 1 and Sky 2). That doesn’t however allow access to other sports though, so if you wanted more sports than just racing, you’d need to subscribe to the Sport Pack on Foxtel Now. You can look at more info here: https://www.finder.com.au/internet-tv/foxtel-now.
      Otherwise you’d have to contact Kayo direct and see if they are likely to add Sky thoroughbred racing to their service in the future: https://help.kayosports.com.au/s/article/How-do-I-get-in-contact-with-Kayo

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    ChrisOctober 25, 2022Finder

    Hi Dianne,

    Yes it does, live and on-demand. Pretty much all of the rugby league content is on Kayo.

    Cheers

    Chris

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