Main Event - The Home of Pay Per View TV
Some events are just too big to be confined to a slot on a busy TV schedule – in fact, some events are outright must-see occasions that bring some of the most-wanted competitors into your living room live and direct as the action happens – events that would normally mean you’d have to jump on a plane and fly half way around the world to be part of the adrenaline-fuelled action.The Main Event channel gives dedicated fans a front row seat to the big-ticket occasions you simply won’t see on regular TV.
What’s in this Guide?
What is Main Event?
Main Event is Australia’s source for the biggest live boxing, UFC and WWE, as well as other top pay per view events. Previously, to access Main Event you needed to be a subscriber of Foxtel or Optus TV featuring Foxtel. But now the channel is exclusively available from Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
When ordering Main Event you need never miss a minute of the action as it‘s brought to you live, accessible in high definition (HD) and completely free of any advertising. Every history-making moment is delivered right to the best seat in the stadium, your home.
What’s on Main Event?
Paul Gallen v Lucas Browne
Paul Gallen’s star has been on the rise since he defeated the legend, Mark Hunt, in December 2020. The fighter is now primed to take the next step. Gallen will square off against Browne, who himself is a former heavyweight title holder.
Undefeated so far, Gallen has 10 wins and a draw. All experts agree that the skills he showed against Hunt has cemented Gallen’s reputation as the next big thing. Will the boxer live up to his new found reputation?
His opponent, Browne, boasts an impressive record: 31(fights) – 29 (wins with 25 by knockout) – 2 (losses).
Browne has some unfinished business. He won the heavyweight title in 2016 only to have it taken away because of a failed drug test. Browne will look to reclaim his legacy when he squares off against Gallen.
Watch the exciting bout on 21 April, 7pm AEDT onwards. The Main Event will be available to order from Kayo, even if you don’t have a subscription, from 16 April.
You can also catch other mega events in boxing and UFC. Check out some of the names you can expect to see below.
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For over two decades, Main Event has been broadcasting some of the biggest sporting events from around the globe directly into the living rooms of Australian sports fans.
How to Watch Main Event
It’s now easier than ever to watch Main Event, with multiple options available to make sure you can watch anywhere you are – at home, on the go, or on demand at a time that suits you. No matter which option you choose, you’ll see the exact same event coverage.
Stream Main Event PPVs via Kayo
Watch Main Event PPVs with Kayo Sports. From boxing to WWE and UFC, it’s all here. Catch the action from the biggest sports around the world LIVE!
Main Event on Kayo Sports
A new way of watching Main Event, Kayo Sports now lets you stream the event live as it happens, as well as on demand for several days afterwards. That means you can watch at home on your big screen TV, or watch anywhere in Australia on your phone or tablet. You don’t need to be a Kayo subscriber to buy access to an event – and as a bonus, for the duration of your event access, you also get to watch everything on Kayo!
Main Event on Foxtel
If you want access to the event on your Foxtel IQ4 box, ready to watch live and record to watch again later, then the channel’s ready to deliver the goods – just pay for the event of your choice from your Foxtel account, or head to the Main Event web site and click “Order Now.” You can also give Foxtel’s customer service team a call and they’ll get you signed up and ready to go.
Main Event with Optus TV
Main Event also allows anyone to stream directly using their own streaming service. You’ll be able to subscribe by either contacting their customer service team or going to their direct site.
How Does Main Event Compare to DAZN?
Main Event has had the lions share of major international boxing in Australia for years. But, the sheer volume of fights now taking place around the world means that it’s impossible to ask fight fans to pay upwards of $50 every weekend for their dose of Queensbury rules.
This means that Main Event and DAZN both have their place in the market. Main Event shows the ‘mega fights’ three or four times a year, and DAZN looks after the rest, meaning Australians have never had better access to the sport than now.
Main Event Compatible Devices
Check out the complete list of eligible Foxtel Now devices below:
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)
What People are Asking about Main Event
Since its launch over two decades ago, access to Main Event has always required access to Foxtel (or, in earlier years, Optus Vision and Austar). But with the huge success of Kayo at delivering high definition live and on-demand sports coverage via streaming, it made sense for Main Event to join forces with Kayo to deliver the same premium events to a streaming audience. A subscription to Kayo is not required, and you’ll have access to all of Kayo during the access window for your event. It makes it easier than ever to get a bunch of friends together to watch the big fight in the comfort of your lounge room.
Yes it is! Kayo did a test of hosting a Main Event boxing showdown earlier in 2020, and it was a big enough success that Kayo will now be another way of accessing all events on the channel, at the same price you’d pay to buy it on Foxtel. The main differences with Kayo are potentially better picture quality, and the ability to stream the event on demand after it’s over without having to record it or wait for a rebroadcast.
Launched not long after Foxtel’s arrival, Main Event is Australia’s only pay-per-view broadcast channel, and has been delivering premium events ranging from boxing, wrestling and UFC to music concerts on a pay-to-access basis for over 20 years. You pay a one-time fee to access the event, after which you can watch it live and either record it to watch again later during your access time (on Foxtel) or stream it on-demand for that same length of time (on Kayo). All the sports and other events on Main Event are exclusive to the channel and can’t be seen anywhere else.
The price of any individual event varies – from around $20 to $30 for events like WWE wrestling, through to around $50-60 for the big boxing meets. Each event is a one-time payment and your access ends once the date range for the event does (you’ll be given the access dates on the page where you buy the event). The pricing is the same on both Foxtel and Kayo.
Yes – but only limited events or previews of them are available to stream as part of the standard Kayo subscription. The big-ticket events sometimes also show up on regular Kayo, but Main Event broadcasts the headline ones. When those happen, they’ll be accessible via your existing Kayo account by paying the Main Event ticket price, so you won’t miss out on the action.
While Kayo is part of the Foxtel group of companies, it’s run separately and works very differently. While Foxtel and its streaming counterpart Foxtel Now work like regular TV – with a range of live channels to choose from, and catch-up streaming for stuff you missed – Kayo is a full streaming service, where you access live and on-demand coverage by sport, rather than channel. Kayo also has many enhanced streaming features that Foxtel can’t match, including the ability to watch multiple sports on the screen at one time.
At the moment, you’ll pay exactly the same for Main Event fixtures, regardless of whether you want to watch on Foxtel or Kayo. It’s worth mentioning, though, that to access Main Event on Foxtel you need a basic Foxtel subscription active – while with Kayo, you don’t need a subscription at all. That makes Kayo a better choice if you don’t already have Foxtel installed. But if you’ve already got Foxtel, that might be the more convenient way to watch a Main Event because there’s no need to worry about streaming.
If you’re not already a Kayo subscriber, you’ll need to create a free Kayo account to buy a Main Event – but once you’ve paid for the event, you’ll have full access to all of Kayo Sports – all the live sports streams, and all on-demand content. That access continues until several days after your event has finished.
Whether it’s Main Event or Kayo’s huge range of other sports, the best way to stream it is by using a streaming device that has a Kayo app available. Apple TV, Telstra TV and Chromecast with Google TV are all great choices. Alternatively, you can cast the stream from your phone or tablet with a Chromecast Ultra on your TV, or use the built-in Kayo app on recent Samsung smart TVs and Sony Android TVs.
Yes – once you’ve paid for access to the event, you’ll be able to stream it via the Foxtel Go app on your phone or tablet wherever you are, as well as via the Foxtel website on your laptop or desktop PC or Mac.
No – you’ll need to buy the event from Kayo’s own Main Even page if you’d prefer the extra streaming access that Kayo grants you during the event period. The price is the same as Foxtel’s, so pick the one that works better for you – easy access via broadcast on Foxtel, or extra streaming options on Kayo.