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Since Kayo Sports entered the Australian sports streaming market in 2018, it has proven a game-changer. A model that allows users to get all the sports channels from Foxtel without the additional non-sports content or a fixed contract has resonated strongly with Australians.
Kayo boasts more than 50 sports for you to choose from. It has since added Kayo Freebies to its stable, which allows Aussies to catch certain events for free such as V8 Supercars, A-League and W-League matches.
Streaming service Stan has also entered the sports market, launching Stan Sport in February 2021. Focused predominantly on rugby union, it has also added a small helping of tennis to date. So let's break them both down.
If you are a staunch rugby union fan, you will need to strongly consider Stan Sport. No one can match Stan Sport for rugby, with the platform boasting Wallabies Test matches, Super Rugby, Bledisloe Cup, Super W and The Rugby Championship, among others.
It's worth noting that Wallabies Test matches and one Super Rugby match will be shown on free-to-air TV on Channel 9, so that may suffice for the casual rugby fan. Stan Sport also has some tennis, adding Wimbledon and The French Open to its Australian Open broadcast rights.
Kayo does offer some rugby and it might be enough for the casual fan. The world-class Six Nations competition, World Sevens, Premiership Rugby and some internationals are on Kayo Sports via beIN SPORTS CONNECT. We have a full breakdown of watching rugby for you here.
Outside of rugby, if you are a fan of just about any other sport, Kayo is the answer. Australia's major football codes are all there – NRL, AFL and A-League, along with bucket loads of cricket. American sports are also very well covered, including NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball.
The one caveat to this would be football, which is mainly on Optus Sport with some help from newcomer Sports Flick.
When it comes to price, there are some key differences between the two. Stan Sport costs $10 per month. Yet it must be an add-on to a current regular Stan subscription. Stan costs between $10 and $19 per month, so Stan Sport is actually $20–$29 per month. For HD you are looking at a minimum of $24 per month for Stan Sport.
Everything on Kayo is streamed in HD and it has two pricing models. There's a Basic package for $25 per month and two devices to stream on. There is also a Premium package for $35 per month which gives you an additional stream.
Considering the similarities across the pricing points, Kayo's vastly superior library of new and historic content gives it a clear edge here.
Kayo also has a range of unique special features other platforms can't match. No Spoilers, Interactive Stats, Kayo Minis and SplitView, which lets you watch four sports at once, are among the options.
Both services offer a free trial, which is often a critical factor for people wanting to road-test a service before signing up. Stan Sport has the edge here, offering a 30-day free trial to check it all out. Kayo Sports offers a 14-day free trial to new customers.
But it's well worth noting Stan regularly states its free trial is only for a limited time, whereas all signs suggest Kayo's is here to stay.
Both Kayo Sports and Stan Sport are compatible with the majority of modern devices. Regular iOS and Android devices, PCs and Macs, plus smart TVs, Apple TV, Chromecast and gaming consoles are compatible with both platforms. Stan Sport has the edge due to compatibility with a few more smart TVs.
Kayo Sports appears to be well set in the marketplace. Its range of sports, pricing point, features and free trial have all gone down well with sports fans.
Stan Sport feels a little costly in comparison given the content it offers. It could also benefit from improvements in the performance of Australia's national men's teams and some provincial teams. Rugby has dropped significantly in recent years in terms of coverage and relevance.
We think both platforms are likely here for the long haul in a developing and emerging sector of streaming. But fans of a variety of live and timeless sports content will be best served by Kayo Sports.
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