Foxtel vs Kayo: Which live streaming option is best for sports fans?
Kayo is the latest contender in the world of sports streaming, but how does it compare to Foxtel and Foxtel Now? Here's your Foxtel vs Kayo guide.
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It’s easy to get confused by the various ways Foxtel and Fox Sports are enabling sports fans to stream its collection of channels. It's quite the collection, too. There are eight Fox Sports channels (including one each dedicated to motorsport, rugby league, AFL and cricket), ESPN, beIN SPORTS, Racing.com and some (not all) Red Bull TV programming. There are now four different ways you can access these channels via a Foxtel-affiliated service:
- The traditional cable or satellite experience to your home TV, utilising the latest iQ4 box for full 4K streaming and local recording.
- There is the Foxtel GO companion app that comes as part of that subscription, allowing you to access a selection of your channels on the move.
- You then have Foxtel Now, which is a standalone service that can be accessed via an app or via a Foxtel Now box that sits small and snug near your TV. It’s effectively an alternative to the standard Foxtel experience, without the cost (and features) of the larger iQ4 box.
- And now you have the Kayo Sports streaming app. This does away with the box altogether, providing a pure streaming service focused right in on sport. It provides a tip-of-the-spear features set and HD stream of almost all of Foxtel’s sports content, accessible through browsers and iOS and Android devices, as well as on your TV via Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Samsung TV and Sony Bravia TVs.
So, which is the right live streaming TV option for you? Let's compare Foxtel vs Kayo.
Are you a sports fan?
Kayo offers sport and nothing else. If you use any of Foxtel's other services and value the non-sports content, then Kayo may not be for you. That said, Kayo does offer you a sports viewing experience that is beyond what is available on Foxtel Now, Foxtel GO or Foxtel iQ.
Features like a Key Moments timeline, SplitView (four channels at once) and No Spoilers! are central to a great sports viewing experience. There is also an excellent Netflix-style user interface and bespoke content such as the unique Kayo Minis highlight videos. You can find the rest of Kayo's unique viewing aspects and more exciting features expected to come here.
So, if you love sport, but also love the Entertainment, Kids or Movie packs, don't dismiss Kayo completely. At $25 per month, it is cheaper than adding the Sport pack ($29 per month) to a Foxtel subscription. Plus there's now BINGE which allows you to get your Foxtel movies and entertainment hit from just $10/month. So it may still be worth your while as a secondary or supplementary service. It certainly won't cost you any additional money.
The only other downside with choosing Kayo over Foxtel iQ, outside of the lack of non-sports content, is that it is capped to not exceed HD resolution. The latest Foxtel iQ4 box, on the other hand, allows for 4K resolution. While not all sports are filmed (or broadcast) in 4K and you also need a 4K TV to see the difference, you can’t argue against 4K being the best way to watch sport on a screen.
But there are a lot of “ifs” when it comes to 4K. If you are just someone who begrudgingly pays for Foxtel Plus just so you can access the Fox Sports content, then Kayo Sports is quite simply a no-brainer. It provides all the same sports content in HD, but with a stack of additional features catered to sports fans and at almost a third of the price.
Kayo Sports is the only way to get access to Fox Sports without Foxtel. While Main Event has always been a Foxtel exclusive, that's no longer the case with Kayo adding the PPV service itself. However, at this stage it may just be one off for the Horn vs Tszyu fight.
Price: Foxtel vs Kayo vs Foxtel Now
Kayo is such a disruptive force that we had expected the costs of other streaming services will shift to meet the new market. Even the costs of the other offerings coming from within the Foxtel family, but instead Foxtel iQ jumped in price and Foxtel Now remained stagnant.
The price comparison below can change from these base amounts, but the best deals as of right now can be seen in the deals boxes on this page (look for the green button). At the time of writing, sports fans have plenty to gain from considering Kayo. Here is a quick price comparison:
|Components||Foxtel||Foxtel Now||Kayo||Kayo Premium|
|Set-top box||$125||$99 (optional)||$0||$0|
|Base monthly fee (with HD sport)||$74||$54||$25||$35|
|Free trial||No||10-day free trial||14-day free trial||14-day free trial|
|Minimum cost after 12 months||$1,113||$648||$300||$420|
Features: Foxtel vs Kayo vs Foxtel Now
Kayo is compatible with most of the same devices as Foxtel Now, with the notable omissions being video game consoles and some smart TVs. Though it's fair to assume that the likes of Xbox, PlayStation and LG will get involved with Kayo Sports in the future. Here is an overview of the other key features.
|Feature||Foxtel||Foxtel Now||Kayo Basic||Kayo Premium|
|Devices||iOS, Android (Foxtel GO), iQ||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and Samsung, LG and Sony Android TVs||PC, Mac, iOS, Android , Chromecast, Telstra TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Sony Bravia TV, Samsung TV, AirPlay||PC, Mac, iOS, Android , Chromecast, Telstra TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Sony Bravia TV, Samsung TV, AirPlay|
|Concurrent streams||2 (via Foxtel GO)||2||2||3|
* While all the services are capable of delivering HD content, it does depend on a number of factors: 1) Was the broadcast shot in HD? 2) Is your screen capable of displaying HD? 3) Where applicable, such as with Kayo, is your Internet connection fast enough to stream HD?
Sports streaming free trial and future updatesWhile all of the sports streaming options under the Foxtel banner come with free trial periods, these are not an offering fixed in stone. At the time of writing, there is a two-week trial period offered for Kayo Sports.
Considering that the service is available through a browser and has no invasive installation requirements or costs, experiencing what Kayo is like is relatively pain-free. You could even time your trial to coincide with a sporting event you are interested in so you can really dive into the service with a match you find really engaging.
We anticipate a number of additional features to continue to roll out. Most recently Kayo has introduced KayoCam for the NRL. With that in mind, we would expect a significant update before upcoming major events like the summer of cricket or the start of the AFL and NRL seasons. These are traditionally important periods for Foxtel in luring subscribers. Last year we saw it roll out a special RaceView camera for the Bathurst 1000.
By comparison, Foxtel GO and Foxtel Now are well established and have had multiple updates. So, if you want to jump into Kayo early, you should be willing to accept some teething problems and a period of delay before all the features arrive. The core ability to just watch sport, though, will not be affected. And if you watch our live stream of Kayo in action in the video below, you'll see that the teething issues are very minor.
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