Kayo vs Optus Sport: Which service offers more for football fans?
With Kayo and Optus Sport both offering live-streamed football matches, there are more choices than ever for streaming. Though who wins Kayo vs Optus Sport?
There's a new sheriff in Australia's live sports streaming town. Kayo may not wear the Foxtel brand but as a sister product, it has access to the same live sport and sports programming as Foxtel. That's over 50 sports across 14 channels. However, Kayo does not have access to sports Foxtel hasn't already secured the streaming rights to, including those under the control of Optus.
It means there is a simple choice to make here. If your primary focus is the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, European international matches and/or Euro 2020, then you need Optus Sport. For just about every other sport, you should consider Kayo.
So Optus Sport is by far and away the best choice for fans of EPL and UEFA tournaments.
Kayo Sports has the rights to the club channel for Arsenal TV courtesy of beIN SPORTS. However, the games shown are on delay, meaning you will have to avoid the score or utilise the No Spoilers! feature.
Though Kayo still has giant European leagues like La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1. Kayo also gets access to the EPL teams through the other competitions like the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. In addition Kayo has the USA's MLS, our homegrown Socceroos and A-League plus more.
Optus Sport is now starting to branch out and has been rumoured as an option for the future broadcast rights of Super Rugby. It's also partnering with Channel 7 for the 2020 Olympics.
Key differences between Kayo Sports and Optus Sport
There are two additional points worth noting when making a decision between Kayo Sports and Optus Sport:
- Optus Sport is included as part of the package in some Optus Internet plans or mobile phone plans. If you're considering switching plans then Optus Sport might be something you can negotiate into a deal with Optus. Alternatively, if you already use Optus, you may be eligible for the service and not even know it.
- Kayo is the significantly cheaper Fox Sports package than what's available through Foxtel, with a difference of almost $50 between the comparable Foxtel Sports HD pack and Kayo. It means that signing up for both Kayo and Optus Sport is still cheaper than the full 4K Foxtel iQ4 offering (as of January 2020).
- Optus Sport only has football. Kayo has extra football and even more sport. This includes big Australian competitions such as NRL, AFL and virtually all cricket. It has also got the much-loved big four American leagues the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL via ESPN.
Kayo vs Optus Sport price and features comparison
|Features||Optus Sport Premium||Kayo Sports Basic||Kayo Sports Premium|
|Free trial||No||14 days||14 days|
|Release date||13 July 2016||26 November 2018||26 November 2018|
|Number of sports||1||50+||50+|
|Number of football leagues||5||20||20|
|Special viewing features?||No||Yes||Yes|
|Can watch offline?||No||No||No|
|Devices||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Fetch TV, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, Chromecast, Xbox One||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV, Samsung TV, AirPlay||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV, Samsung TV, AirPlay|
|More info||more info||more info||more info|
While Optus Sport runs a cheaper monthly cost, it's due to having less content on offer. That's without even mentioning all the viewing features Kayo Sports has. Not only does Kayo Sports have a superior app too, it manages to do this while running programs from different broadcasters.
What will be really interesting is if the Optus Sport app will be reliable for the upcoming Olympics. The last time Optus Sport dealt with an influx of customers was for the FIFA World Cup. That turned into the government having to get involved and the incident coined "floptus".
The future of Optus Sport and Kayo
Given the positive response to Kayo thus far, we can expect positive growth for the service into the future. Kayo will continue to grow its content and hopefully look to differentiate itself with unique original programming. Kayo has won awards for its innovation and this will be a key component again moving forward.
However, it will not have Premier League or Champions League football anytime soon, something that Australians yearn for. Optus Sport has those rights until at least 2022 and 2021 respectively. Those two years seem to mark the future of sports streaming in Australia. If Foxtel could land both or one of those back, then Kayo vs Optus Sport becomes a no-contest.
As for Optus Sport, its future rides on the success of the Olympics as we mentioned. If Optus can pull it off, it'll have an increase in subscriptions and will be tempted to add more sports and give it a reason to stick around.
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