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The cricket calendar these days can be hard to follow, jumping from T20s and ODIs to traditional Test matches. So it's important to make the most of every six, every catch and every over.
While you can catch some of the action on free-to-air TV, if you really want to live and breathe all things cricket, you'll want to check out FOX CRICKET, via Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ or Foxtel Now.
Most of the cricket action is exclusive to Foxtel and Kayo Sports, with Seven also joining in the fun. The Cricket Australia Live app was once the go-to destination for watching wickets fall, but it now requires a Kayo subscription.
All local Test match cricket and the Big Bash League is simulcast on Foxtel and Kayo Sports. Channel Seven had a limited selection of matches in the BBL last season and all domestic Test matches. If you’re a dedicated cricket fan, you will want to get a Kayo Sports subscription or add the Sport pack to your Foxtel package. The pay TV giant is offering more cricket coverage than ever before.
|Provider||Matches||Min price (p/month)||Stream quality|
|Foxtel Sports HD Combo||$74||HD or 4K|
|Cricket Australia Live||Free||SD|
Kayo Sports has access to all FOX SPORTS channels and extensive coverage of the 2019/20 cricket season.
The Kayo streaming app offers live HD streams on a wide range of devices with a host of unique, sport-specific viewing features that need to be seen to be believed. This includes SplitView (watching four channels at once), picture-in-picture mode, hide scores, game day hubs and more. There are two price points: $25 and $35 per month for 2 and 3 simultaneous streams respectively. Each can be trialled for 14 days without paying a cent.
Kayo has the rights to stream all Big Bash League matches, select T20 matches and most Test matches.
Commencing ahead of the 2018/19 season, Foxtel significantly expanded its cricket coverage. It launched a dedicated cricket channel, FOX CRICKET, which hosts live games as well as commentary and additional cricket-related programming. According to the new TV deal, Foxtel iQ has the rights to most men’s Tests, all women’s internationals, men’s ODIs, men’s T20Is, BBL (43 matches simulcast with Seven and 16 exclusive matches) and WBBL (23 matches).
To watch on the big screen you’ll need a Foxtel subscription with the sports channels. Once that’s done, you can stream matches live to your mobile device or laptop with the Foxtel GO app, available for free to all subscribers. Foxtel is the only broadcaster to stream the cricket in 4K. You need the Sports HD pack ($25/month) and the Foxtel Plus package ($49/month), blowing the total out to $74/month.
Alternatively, you can stream cricket matches with Foxtel Now. You need the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack for a total of $54/month. So while it's cheaper than iQ, you're still paying around double the price of Kayo Sports.
You can stream Foxtel Now with a variety of devices, including PCs/Macs, mobile devices, Chromecast/Airplay, PS4, Telstra TV and the Foxtel Now Box (Foxtel's own streaming media device). A 10-day free trial is available for new customers.
If you’re a casual cricket fan, free-to-air should satisfy your cricket cravings. The latest TV deal had Seven taking over the free-to-air rights from the Nine and Ten networks. Fans can check out all men's Test matches and all Commonwealth Bank women's internationals on free-to-air, which will be simulcast with Foxtel. Seven also showed a selection of BBL and WBBL matches in the recently completed season.
The Cricket Australia Live app underwent some changes following the new TV deal. The app will live stream BBL and WBBL, plus Australian men's and women's matches via Kayo. So you need a Kayo Sports account. The app will also carry broadcast-quality streaming of some domestic cricket matches.
Getting started with Cricket Australia Live is as simple as downloading the free app to a compatible Android or iOS device. You’ll get instant access to highlights, news, live scores and statistics. On an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you'll need to be running iOS 10.0 or later. On an Android phone or tablet, you'll need Android 4.1 or later.
Video quality through the Cricket Australia Live app is variable based on your particular device and the quality of your Internet connection. Cricket Australia provides the following guide for typical data usage:
|Quality||1 min||10 mins||30 mins||60 mins||8 hours|
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