Telstra’s Kayo Sports plans could lead to serious data bills

No sign of quota-free usage for customers opting to bill Kayo Sports through Telstra.

When Kayo Sports officially went live yesterday, it did so with the announcement that Telstra was its "exclusive" launch partner and that a Kayo Sports app would be available for Telstra TV. What it didn't announce at the time was how Telstra was going to handle Kayo Sports, as distinct from its existing AFL, NRL and netball streaming deals .

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Telstra has just announced its Kayo Sports plans. They're relatively basic, with the simple option to add a Kayo Sports subscription to your Telstra bill if you're a Telstra home broadband or Telstra postpaid mobile customer.

There's no discount for doing so – it's simply a matter of single bill convenience – and for mobile customers, it's also worth noting that Telstra isn't absorbing the data costs associated with Kayo Sports watching.

If you're viewing at home on a Telstra broadband connection, the odds are that this won't be a concern, with the majority of Telstra's NBN connections providing unlimited data quotas anyway.

If you're a Telstra mobile customer, though, you could quickly rack up some serious data bills if you're not careful, because Kayo Sports can be quite data intensive.

That's unless you're on one of Telstra's "Peace of Mind" plans. Those plans default down to a 1.5Mbps connection once your data quota is exhausted, which would mean you could still theoretically keep watching Kayo Sports, but only in standard definition until your billing month rolled over.

That's quite a different approach to Telstra's AFL, NRL and netball streaming services, which are often bundled with qualifying mobile plans for no additional subscription or data streaming cost if you're using the qualifying app. Instead, it places Kayo Sports in a similar position to other streaming services such as Stan or Netflix in terms of data usage on the Telstra mobile network. If you've got a solid data quota with your plan you should be OK, but consumers on smaller quotas would need to very carefully monitor their usage to avoid bill shock.

If you're a Telstra TV owner, you should now be able to download the Telstra TV Kayo Sports app to view at your leisure, although it's worth noting that it doesn't support split-screen sports viewing if you're keen on that feature.

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