How to watch Major League Soccer (MLS) live online in Australia
A revamped competition, MLS is Back, is here. The biggest games are available on TV or via live stream in Australia.
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What's in this guide?
With it being impossible to stage the usual North American competition that runs from February through to the MLS Cup in November, MLS is Back has been organised, a month-long sprint tournament. It's being held in a hub at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Officials then optimistically hope to continue the usual season following MLS is Back.
All 26 teams will compete in MLS is Back, including newcomers David Beckham's Inter Miami and Nashville SC.
How does MLS is Back work?
The 26 teams are split into 6 groups. There are 5 groups featuring 4 teams each, plus an additional group with 6 teams. The top 16 teams after the group matches move into the knockout round. All play-off games are single eliminations and will be decided by a penalty shootout if they are tied after 90 minutes.
How to watch MLS in Australia
In Australia, beIN SPORTS is the main provider of the MLS. It will be showing live games from MLS is Back. It also has magazine-style shows and highlights programs. There are several ways to catch up with the sports channel, from Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Fetch TV and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
ESPN also has access to some MLS content in Australia, but it's less than beIN. ESPN is available to watch in Australia via those same providers mentioned above with the exception of beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
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Without further ado, here's a comparison of how to live stream MLS in Australia or watch on TV.
Live stream MLS is Back matches with Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports offers plenty of exciting sports coverage, including content from beIN SPORTS, both live and on demand. Plus, the multi-sport streaming platform features a Netflix-style user-friendly interface and comes with lots of features that bring sports streaming to the next level.
Kayo Sports users can watch up to four videos at the same time using the SplitView feature, or keep the score hidden when they're running late via the No Spoilers setting. A Kayo Mini is a condensed version of a match-up with all the highlights in a 20-minute package. Key Moments and Interactive Stats are other options. Look into our detailed Kayo Sports review for more information about how the service works and additional features.
A Basic subscription to Kayo Sports costs $25/month and lets you stream on 2 screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports 3 simultaneous streams for $35/month.
Regardless of which type of subscription you choose, Kayo Sports offers new users a 14-day free trial. You can stream via the web on PCs/Macs or download the app to watch on the go with iOS and Android devices. It's also compatible with Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TVs, Chromecast, AirPlay and Samsung TV (2017 or later). There are no lock-in contracts, so you can cancel your subscription at any time.
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Watch MLS is Back matches with Foxtel iQ
All three beIN SPORTS channels are included in the Foxtel iQ Sports HD pack. This season, Foxtel is also showing some live MLS on its ESPN HD channel. Football fans can watch MLS on TV or stream matches to laptops and mobile devices using Foxtel GO. The app is available for free to all Foxtel subscribers.
Adding the Sports HD pack to your iQ subscription will set you back $25/month. But you also need the Foxtel Plus package for $49/month. This blows the total monthly bill out to $74 per month. Foxtel is also the only broadcaster in Australia that offers users access to 4K sports content which is a bonus.
You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, though Foxtel iQ deals are regularly available.
Live stream MLS matches with Foxtel Now
Alternatively, you can gain access to beIN SPORTS with Foxtel Now, the platform that allows you to watch Foxtel channels live via the Internet and tune in for content on demand. beIN is included in the Sport pack, which costs $29/month. You'll also need the Essentials pack, priced at $25/month. Essentials comes with a mix of Lifestyle and Pop channels. Consequently, you'll pay at least $54/month to stream the MLS with Foxtel Now.
The service is compatible with PCs/Macs and smartphones/tablets; or you can watch on the big screen via Chromecast/AirPlay, the Foxtel Now box, Sony Android TVs, PS4 and Telstra TV. New users get a 10-day free trial.
Stream MLS matches with beIN SPORTS CONNECT
If you're a major beIN SPORTS fan, you can subscribe directly to beIN SPORTS CONNECT, the dedicated beIN streaming service. It costs $19.99/month or $179.99/year and comes with a 2-week free trial. The platform is compatible with computers and mobile devices.
Watch MLS matches with Fetch TV
You can also catch beIN SPORTS on Fetch TV as a special interest channel pack. You can add it to your subscription for $19.99/month. The final price, of course, will depend on whether you got your Fetch box through a broadband provider or bought it outright.
MLS 2020/21 schedule
Major League Soccers new season kicks off in July. Here's the TV schedule for the return of MLS.
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