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 a simple streaming solution.

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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 almost all the same live sport and sports programming as Foxtel. That's over 50 sports across 12 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, international matches and/or the Premier League, then you need Optus Sport. For just about every other sport, you should consider Kayo.

It's true that Foxtel does have the rights to show some Premier League and Champions League content, though none of it is live and none of it is currently available on Kayo.

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Foxtel still has the rights to the club channels for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United (although recently gave up the rights to the Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City club TV channels). However, the games shown on these channels are on significant delay and often aired at challenging times to negotiate for most Australians.

Even though you can watch some delayed Premier League on Foxtel, these channels are missing from the Kayo service and are unlikely to be added in the future. So Optus Sport is by far and away the best choice for fans of overseas and international football.

For a more in-depth analysis of the differences between Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo, visit our comparison page.

Key differences between Kayo and Optus Sport

There are two additional points worth noting when making a decision between Optus Sport and Kayo:

  1. Optus Sport is included as part of the package in some Optus Home Broadband or Mobile Broadband deals. 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.
  2. Kayo is significantly cheaper than the sports package available through the traditional Foxtel service. With a difference of $35 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 November 2018).

Watch us go hands on with the Kayo beta

Kayo vs Optus Sport price and features comparison

Kayo has only just released and it's a soft launch in beta form. However, if you watched the video above, you will know that it's functioning quite well. It's our belief that the full Kayo experience will launch in time for the NRL and AFL seasons in 2019.

Updated August 23rd, 2019
Name Product Details Free trial? Max. video quality Price What's next?
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic

Kayo Sports Basic

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    14 days
  • Price

    $25 p/month
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14 days
HD
$25 p/month
Kayo Sports Premium
Kayo Sports Premium

Kayo Sports Premium

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    14 days
  • Price

    $35 p/month
Go to site View details
14 days
HD
$35 p/month
Optus Sport (Limited Access)
Optus Sport (Limited Access)

Optus Sport (Limited Access)

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    No
  • Price

    Free
More info
View details
No
HD
Free
Optus Sport Premium
Optus Sport Premium

Optus Sport Premium

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    No
  • Price

    $14.99/month
More info
View details
No
HD
$14.99/month

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The Future of Optus Sport and Kayo

At this time we expect a native app to launch across most devices, alongside some additional features to what we are seeing in the beta. Given the positive response to Kayo thus far, as long as we don't see any upward change in the price, we can expect positive growth for the service into the future. However, it will not have Premier League or Champions League football anytime soon. Optus Sport has those rights until at least 2022 and 2021 respectively.

As for Optus Sport, it has soldiered through the FIFA World Cup debacle and come out the other side with an improved app, more content and a better service. While it is unclear at this stage how many new sports it will be able to bring to the service, the improvement in the UI and an increase in bespoke content at least suggests that football fans will continue to be well served.

Compare more sports streaming services

Kayo and Optus Sport are far from your only sports streaming options in Australia. Use the table below to compare available services side by side.

Updated August 23rd, 2019
Name Product Details Free trial? Max. video quality Price What's next?
Kayo Sports Premium
Kayo Sports Premium

Kayo Sports Premium

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    14 days
  • Price

    $35 p/month
Go to site View details
14 days
HD
$35 p/month
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic

Kayo Sports Basic

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    14 days
  • Price

    $25 p/month
Go to site View details
14 days
HD
$25 p/month
NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass

NBA League Pass

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    No
  • Price

    $39.99 p/month
Go to site View details
No
HD
$39.99 p/month
League Pass gives you access to all 1,200+ regular season games, the playoffs, finals and All-Star Weekend.
NFL Game Pass Season Plus
NFL Game Pass Season Plus

NFL Game Pass Season Plus

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    No
  • Price

    $99.99/year
Go to site View details
No
HD
$99.99/year
Live stream all 256 regular season games as well as Playoffs & Super Bowl live and on-demand.
WWE Network
WWE Network

WWE Network

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    1 month
  • Price

    US$9.99/month
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1 month
HD
US$9.99/month

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    blackrockApril 11, 2019

    Thanks Chris. Much appreciated.

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    blackrockApril 9, 2019

    Is beIN Sports 123 included in KAYO?

    Thanks!

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      ChrisApril 10, 2019Staff

      Hi Blackrock,

      Yes, all three beIN Sports channels are available through Kayo Sports. They show the exact same scheduling as what you would find on Foxtel.

      Cheers

      Chris

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