How to live stream the 2019 AFC Asian Cup online

Chris Stead 8 January 2019 NEWS

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup has begun with the Socceroos looking to defend their first title. You can stream the action live with a free trial.

Australia won the AFC Asian Cup at the last time of asking, with the Socceroos defeating South Korea 2-1 in the 2015 decider. It was a first title for Australia and healed the scars of 2011, when Australia lost to 4-time champions Japan in the final.

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup is being held in the United Arab Emirates, which, as the crow flies, is more-or-less on the exact opposite side of the planet. The final, for example, airs at 1am on Australia's eastern coastline. Doh! As a result, if you want to keep on top of it all, an easy-to-access mobile live sports streaming option is the go.

Ideally, one that offers on-demand replays so you can catch up on the games you've missed while legging it into work the following morning.

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Foxtel holds the broadcast rights in Australia for this year's Asian Cup and will broadcast every game of the tournament live. Games can be viewed live or on demand and there is additional programming as well. This includes highlights, reviews, chat shows and historical games.

There are 4 ways you can watch the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and 3 ways you can stream it. You can find a full comparison table of all your sports streaming options on our hub page, but here is a quick comparison.

Option 1: Kayo Sports

  • $25 per month, 14-day free trial

The new kid on the block is Kayo Sports. It is a sport-specific live streaming app, available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Telstra TV, in browsers and Chromecast. It offers 13 of Foxtel's 20 sports channels (Fox Sports x 8, ESPN x 2, beIN Sports x 3: those are the good ones, although Eurosport would be nice). It broadcasts in HD and has some fantastic, live sports streaming features. Our experience with it so far has been exemplary and you can see our live review in the video at the top of this page.

Option 2: Foxtel IQ

  • $60 per month, no free trial

The traditional pay TV experience, with a set-top box installed in your lounge room. As well as the invasive and sometimes costly (depending on the deal at the time) installation of the box, in order to watch HD sport through this service you need to buy the Pop and Lifestyle Pack, the HD Pack and then the Sport Pack. It costs $60 per month. The benefit of the current IQ4 box is that (assuming you have a 4K TV and the sport is broadcast in 4K ) you can watch sport in 4K. You also get access to all 21 sports channels (Fox Sports x 8, ESPN x 2, beIN Sports x 3, EuroSport, Sky Racing x 3, Racing.com and Premier League club channels x 3).

Option 3: Foxtel Go

  • $60 per month, no free trial

Foxtel Go is the live sports streaming app that you get as part of your Foxtel IQ purchase. It comes with the same pros and cons as Foxtel IQ but loses the pros of 4K and a set-top box you can record to. It is available through iOS and Android devices.

Option 4: Foxtel Now ($54 per month, 10-day free trial)

  • $54 per month, 10-day free trial

The Foxtel Now service is a crossover product that gives you the flexibility of enjoying Foxtel as a straight streaming service or through your TV via a stripped-back set-top box (no 4K, no recording, $100 one-time cost). Like its bigger brother, in order to live stream sport, such as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, you need to get the Lifestyle and Pop Pack first, then add in the Sport pack. However, you don't have to add in the HD pack. While the app is ok, the set-top box is notoriously prone to crashing and best avoided. The app is available through iOS, Android, some Smart TVs (Sony, Samsung, LG), PC, Mac, Chromecast, Xbox and PlayStation.

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Without a doubt, if you want to live stream the Asian Cup, Kayo Sports should be the choice of any football fan. The app works really well, is available on a host of devices and has excellent sports viewing features. The free trial is easy to sign up to, giving you a chance to watch most of the Asian Cup for free before you decide whether to commit. But even then, there is no-lock-in contract. You could effectively watch the entire tournament for $25.

The AFC Asian Cup is not being broadcast in 4K, which takes away one of Foxtel IQ's biggest advantages over Kayo. If you have a 4K TV, then it must be said watching sport in 4K is truly impressive. So, it is something to consider when looking at your overall live sports consumption over the life of your subscription. Foxtel IQ still gives you the option to stream sport thanks to the Foxtel Go app. But we suspect for most of you, it isn't worth the leap in price.

2019 AFC Asian Cup fixtures

Date Time Stage Team 1 Team 2
6 Jan 3am Group A UAE Bahrain
6 Jan 10pm Group B Australia Jordan
7 Jan 12.30am Group A Thailand India
7 Jan 3am Group B Syria Palestine
7 Jan 10pm Group C China PR Kyrgyzstan
8 Jan 12.30am Group C Korea Republic Philippines
8 Jan 3am Group D IR Iran Yemen
9 Jan 12.30am Group D Iraq Vietnam
9 Jan 3am Group E Saudi Arabia DPR Korea
9 Jan 10pm Group F Japan Turkmenistan
10 Jan 12.30pm Group F Uzbekistan Oman
10 Jan 3am Group E Qatar Lebanon
10 Jan 10pm Group A Bahrain Thailand
11 Jan 12.30am Group B Jordan Syria
11 Jan 3am Group A India UAE
11 Jan 10pm Group B Palestine Australia
12 Jan 12.30am Group C Philippines China PR
12 Jan 3am Group C Kyrgyzstan South Korea
12 Jan 10pm Group D Vietnam IR Iran
13 Jan 12.30am Group D Yemen Iraq
13 Jan 3am Group E Lebanon Saudi Arabia
13 Jan 10pm Group E DPR Korea Qatar
14 Jan 12.30am Group F Oman Japan
14 Jan 3am Group F Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
15 Jan 3am Group A UAE Thailand
15 Jan 3am Group A India Bahrain
16 Jan 12.30am Group B Australia Syria
16 Jan 12.30am Group B Palestine Jordan
17 Jan 12.30am Group C South Korea China PR
17 Jan 12.30am Group C Kyrgyzstan Philippines
17 Jan 3am Group D Vietnam Yemen
17 Jan 3am Group D IR Iran Iraq
18 Jan 12.30am Group E Oman Turkmenistan
18 Jan 12.30am Group E Japan Uzbekistan
18 Jan 3am Group F Saudi Arabia Qatar
18 Jan 3am Group F Lebanon DPR Korea
21 Jan 1am Round of 16 TBC TBC
21 Jan 4am Round of 16 TBC TBC
21 Jan 10pm Round of 16 TBC TBC
23 Jan 12am Round of 16 TBC TBC
23 Jan 3am Round of 16 TBC TBC
25 Jan 12am Quarter final TBC TBC
25 Jan 4am Quarter final TBC TBC
26 Jan 12am Quarter final TBC TBC
26 Jan 4am Quarter final TBC TBC
29 Jan 1am Semi final TBC TBC
30 Jan 1am Semi final TBC TBC
2 Feb 1am Final TBC TBC

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