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Kayo Sports: Price, content and features compared
The sports streaming app from the people behind Foxtel has made a huge splash and proven a game-changer in Australia.
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When Netflix first launched in Australia, one of the most common questions we got was "will it stream sport?". The answer was, of course, no. Not only is it now obvious that Netflix is completely dedicated to housing and creating television shows and movies, but that sports broadcasting rights in Australia are also ridiculously complicated. Rights to certain sports, leagues and even matches are disseminated among free-to-air providers, pay TV providers and standalone apps such as Cricket Australia Live.
That all changed with the launch of sports streaming app Kayo Sports, which has taken the lead in the race to become the "Netflix of sport".
What is Kayo Sports?
The sports streaming app Kayo Sports launched in November 2018. Kayo markets itself as a one-stop shop for live streaming sport in Australia with the rights to over 50 sports. From Aussie rules to wrestling to... lawn bowls, Kayo has taken the extensive sports coverage previously only available through Foxtel – including ESPN, beIN SPORTS, Racing.com and all of the FOX SPORTS channels – and given it a new home.
Live sport is just the hook: Kayo is also home to high definition (HD), on-demand content including replays, interviews, documentaries and bespoke highlights packages.
Watch us go hands on with Kayo
How is the Kayo Sports app different?
While we have seen other sports streaming apps in the past – such as Optus Sport, NRL Live and Foxtel Now – the Kayo Sports app offers an experience vastly different from anything else out there. The user interface has a very Netflix feel, not displaying a classic channel-by-channel listing, but a mix of all the available sports live and on replay at any given time as best fits your viewing history.
There are also some incredible viewing features, such as SplitView (allowing you to watch 4 channels at once), a picture-in-picture mode, No Spoilers, a Key Moments timeline for easy navigation of live sport and more. In our Kayo Sports review we take a deep dive comparing it to other services and get hands on with the app.
Does Kayo Sports have a free trial?
Yes. You can test-drive Kayo's sports streaming app on a 14-day free trial before committing to a month-to-month subscription. The free trial gives you unbridled access to the app's full suite of sports and services. Kayo however recently notified that their 14-day free trial is ending on 31 August 2022, and will only be 7 days after 1 September 2022.
In 2021 Kayo Sports released a free version of the platform, called Kayo Freebies. This moved some content to be available to view for free. Sports that are already simulcast between Fox Sports and free-to-air such as Supercars and Formula 1 qualifying (not the races themselves) can be viewed for free. Some other content and viewing features are also available.
How much does Kayo cost?
There are 4 plans available for the Kayo Sports app. In January 2021, Kayo Sports added a Freemium tier to its existing Basic and Premium tiers. It allows you to access a selection of live sport, replays, entertainment shows and documentaries at no cost. The service is called Kayo Freebies. There's not too much on offer, but you still get access to all of Kayo's viewing features.
In April 2022, Kayo announced an impending price rise and package change for May. As of 9 May 2022, there are now three paid plans for Kayo. There is the One package, which costs $25 a month and allows you to watch on only 1 device at once. The Basic plan is $27.50 a month and allows you to stream on 2 devices simultaneously. If you subscribe via Apple TV, the cost of the Basic plan is $27.99 a month. The Premium package will set you back $35 a month and will let you stream up to 3 devices at once.
That means the only difference between the paid plans is how many simultaneous streams you can have. Otherwise, all the plans stream in the same quality, allow access to the same number of sports and are compatible with the same range of devices.
Which devices can I use to stream Kayo Sports?
Kayo Sports is available on smartphones (iOS and Android), Mac and PC. It also has Telstra TV Box, Apple TV, Android TV and Chromecast compatibility. Compatible smart TVs include selected Hisense, Samsung and LG models. The only video game consoles available to view Kayo are either PlayStation 4 or 5.
We have a step-by-step guide to watching Kayo on your TV using Chromecast so you can get watching on the big screen now. We also look at how to watch Kayo if you don't have one of the supported smart TVs.
Kayo Free Trial vs Kayo Freebies
With the Kayo free trial, you select the plan you'd like, put in your credit card info and then get access to the entire Kayo Sports experience. If you decide to opt out before the end of the free trial period, there is no charge and you are reduced to Kayo Freebies access only.
Kayo Freebies is not the free trial.
Kayo Freebies does not require any credit card info to be added. You simply sign up for an account, download the app or log in to the website, then begin watching. While the Kayo Freebies experience does give you access to the full suite of Kayo Sports features, you don't get access to all the content. In fact, you only get a small taster of sport and entertainment, which changes each month.
Which sports can I stream on Kayo?
As we mentioned earlier, Kayo Sports will have the rights to stream over 50 different sports at launch. Kayo has backed some of the biggest horses in sport, with content from every FOX SPORTS channel, ESPN and beIN SPORTS in a single streaming destination.
We've got a full list of sports available on Kayo here, but here are a few key sports you can stream on Kayo and their hub pages on Finder:
What other features does the Kayo app offer?
A feature any rabid sports fan will appreciate is the No Spoilers view. If you're late to the game, Kayo will allow you to hide all scores and news from your user interface so you can enjoy the sports stream without knowing how it all ends.
However, the feature we most enjoy is the aforementioned Key Moments. A content team over at Kayo will be marking the video's timeline with "key moments" as the action happens. So if you hop in 15 minutes after kick-off, the video's progress bar will let you skip to the key moments you missed (e.g. goals kicked, tries scored, wickets taken) before catching up with the rest of the crowd.
As a lot of sports can clash (especially on weekends), SplitView is a great feature, allowing the viewing of up to 4 different sports at once.
For a full list of available features you can check out our Kayo features list here.
Can I watch Main Event on Kayo Sports?
Main Event on Kayo allows you to stream selected boxing, UFC and WWE pay-per-view fights live and on demand. These are not included as part of a Kayo subscription: you pay a flat, one-off charge for these on top of your existing Kayo package.
Importantly though, you don't need a Kayo account to view if you don't already have one. You can just choose an event, complete your purchase and start streaming it live.
Prices vary depending on the event. We've seen bouts cost anywhere from $24.95 to $59.95 each, depending on the event. As a guide we've seen Australian boxing events cost $59.95 and UFC bouts cost $54.95.
For more information we've put together a how to watch Main Event on Kayo guide.
What video quality does Kayo Sports stream in?
Kayo allows you to stream sport in HD. So Foxtel manages to keep the "first to 4K" title when it comes to streaming sport in Australia, but Kayo's HD stream still has some interesting perks that aren't offered by any other sports streaming service in Australia.
On mobile, Kayo allows you to stream 2 different sports in split screen. Anything bigger than a smartphone screen (tablet, connected Apple TV etc) will allow you to watch up to 4 sporting events simultaneously in split-screen mode.
How much data does Kayo Sports use?
How much data Kayo uses depends on whether you watch in standard definition (SD) or HD and also whether you are using the SplitView feature (allowing viewing of up to 4 different events on the 1 screen). Kayo's official documentation claims the app will burn through either 0.5GB per hour in SD (480p) and 3.25GB per hour in the best quality, full HD (1080p). If you use SplitView, then those figures are multiplied by the number of channels you are watching. So it can add up quickly if you are experiencing the Kayo Sports app like this on public transport or off your home Wi-Fi. Here is a more detailed breakdown of the data cost of Kayo.
Telstra Kayo Sports offer
Perhaps unsurprising given the fact that Telstra is a stakeholder in Kayo's parent company Foxtel, the national telecommunications company has a special Kayo offer for its customers.
For new and returning Kayo customers who are also Telstra consumer customers, Telstra is offering the Kayo subscriptions at a discount for up to 12 months.
That means if you are a Telstra customer, you could get the Kayo Basic subscription for just $15 a month or the Kayo Premium subscription for $25 a month. Prices then revert to the normal cost after 12 months. Currently this is available until 31 May 2022.
Naturally, conditions apply, so make sure you read the fine print before you switch to take take advantage of the offer.
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