We all love our sports, especially watching them live from around the world on TV. But as any sports fan knows, the price of access to the world’s biggest and best sports can be a bit on the high side.
That’s where Kayo Sports comes in. Delivering dozens of sporting codes from across the globe via high definition streaming, it’s designed to keep the cost of watching the sports you love incredibly low, with no contracts to worry about – and no channels you don’t want. It’s a sports fan’s dream.
Normally, you’d need a subscription to one of Foxtel’s services to get access to all the sports Kayo features – and that would mean having to take up one of Foxtel’s entry-level plans before you could even add on the sports channels. With Kayo, you get the sport up front for a low monthly price – no contracts, no hassles.
How Much Do Kayo Sports Plans Cost?
Signing up for Kayo Sports couldn’t be simpler. Unlike many pay TV offerings with their complicated price and package structures, Kayo gives you a choice between two subscription tiers (which you can switch between at any time).
Kayo Basic – $25/month
This is the default plan which will suit solo Kayo users or a pair of sports fanatics. The Kayo Basic plan gets you full access to all the sports that Kayo has to offer for only $25 per month, with no other setup or subscription fees. It allows you to stream Kayo on two separate devices at the same time – great for couples where one wants to watch the footy and the other’s keen to keep up with Formula 1! This plan works out to only 82 cents per day for full access to everything – a bargain for sports fans.
Kayo Premium – $35/month
Don’t be fooled by the “premium” wording – both Kayo Sports plans give you the entire range of over 50 sports from around the world. But if you’re living in a larger household – for example, if you’re in a sports-mad family – then you don’t want everyone fighting it out for who gets to stream Kayo on a busy sports day. Kayo’s Premium plan helps to solve that by increasing the number of screens you can stream to at once to 3 – an easy way to make sure everyone gets to watch what they want! This plan works out to be only $1.15 a day – not bad at all for full access to live and on-demand sport for the family.
Sign up to Kayo’s FREE 14 day trial offer
Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every action from AUS v IND Cricket, BBL, NBA, A-League and more – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
What do I get in the Kayo Sports packages?
Both packages come with a range of fantastic features that enhance your viewing experience in a way never seen before. But don’t just take our word for it, check them all out for yourself with Kayo’s 14 day free trial. Simply choose the package that best suits you and receive instant access to all the best sports on your favourite devices, along with Kayo’s exclusive special features including:
Can I Watch Main Event on Kayo?
Main Event is now in partnership with Kayo, showing some of the biggest PPV events from the worlds of boxing, MMA and WWE. The upcoming UFC bout between Poirier and McGregor is the latest of a series of events available to buy through Main Event on Kayo, giving customers a unique service that was previously exclusive to Foxtel customers.
How Does Kayo Sports’ Cost Compare?
To get an idea of the real value to be found in Kayo Sports, you just need to compare it to some of the other methods of streaming sport, their costs and their disadvantages.
While it’s fantastic for those who want to stream a wide range of live TV, Foxtel Now can get pricey for sports. Kayo’s sporting coverage is all sourced from Foxtel, but to get access to the same sports on Foxtel Now (without Kayo’s special features) would cost you $25 a month for the mandatory Essentials pack and another $29/month for the Sports pack – a total of $54/month, more than double the cost of a Kayo basic subscription. If we looked at the daily cost for the Foxtel Now option, it comes to $1.77 –substantially more than the 82c/day cost of Kayo Basic!
beIN Sports Connect
If football and European Rugby is what you’re after, you can subscribe directly to beIN Sports’ own streaming service at $20/month, or get it via Fetch TV for the same monthly subscription rate if you have one of those – but that only gives you access to beIN Sports content, nothing else. Kayo includes everything from beIN’s channels as well as dozens of other sports.
Fans of English football have the option of Optus Sport as well, with its dedicated coverage of the UK game’s various competitions. It costs $15/month and again, only grants access to that particular sport. In this case, the English leagues are only found on this service, but if you love your football, you’ll want to grab a Kayo plan as well for the European and Australian football coverage.
AFL/NRL Live Pass
Australia’s two big sporting codes operate their own streaming services via smartphone and tablet apps, at a cost of $17/month (AFL) or $15/month (NRL) for a subscription. They’re great for what they are – but they don’t allow you to watch on a TV screen and, of course, pay for more than one and you’d already be better off with Kayo’s Basic plan.
Does Kayo Sports Have Any Pay-Per-View Content?
Yes! While the main outlet in Australia for pay-per-view events (such as headline boxing and UFC matches) has for years been Foxtel’s Main Event channel – which is only available to customers with a Foxtel satellite or cable service – it’s now possible to stream Main Event fights directly on Kayo. Unlike Main Event on Foxtel, where you need to have the hardware installed to access the service in the first place, on Kayo you can stream your event on any device you like, from mobile phones to big-screen TVs – and for the duration of your event access, you get all of the rest of Kayo for free as well! You don’t need to be a Kayo subscriber to access a Main Event, just have a registered Kayo account and a credit card for the one-off payment for each event (the pricing is the same as with the Main Event channel on Foxtel – but with the added bonus of not needing to pay for a subscription before you can access the event).
Does Kayo Have any Free Content?
Starting in early 2021, Kayo will be launching a free version of its service, designed to give anyone who’s curious a true taste of what Kayo does so well with live and on-demand sports, as well as giving former subscribers a little taste of the massive range of sports available on the service. At the moment, the 14-day free trial is still the best way to check Kayo out (you do get access to everything for a full two weeks, after all) but the upcoming free tier won’t even require a credit card to check out what Kayo’s all about – and we think that’s a pretty awesome idea!
Kayo Sports Review
You can read all about the special features that make Kayo Sports special, as well as find out which devices you can stream it on and which sports are included in your subscription, in our detailed review where we emphatically said “Kayo’s a winner.” Read all about Kayo Sports’ subscription plans, their inclusions and costs here, and if you’re ready to give Kayo a spin you can get a full two weeks free. You can also save $10/month off the cost of either Kayo Sports plan for a full year by taking advantage of Telstra’s Kayo Sports offer.
What people are asking about Kayo Sports
A company called Streamotion owns and operates Kayo, which is why you’ll occasionally see references to things like creating and managing your Streamotion account. Streamotion is a full-owned division of the Foxtel group of companies, which is how Kayo gets access to all the content from Fox Sports.
The pricing for Kayo Sports is kept very simple and straightforward. It’s either $25/month for Basic (which allows streaming on up to 2 screens at one time) or $35/month for Premium (3 screens at a time). Telstra mobile customers who choose to add Kayo to their bill can get a $10/month discount off either of those plans for the first 12 months.
While the exact amount of data you’ll use while streaming Kayo varies depending on what you’re watching and whether you’re using any of the special features (especially Split View) in general you should expect data usage to average around 3.25GB per hour. If you want to limit your data usage, you can set Kayo to stream in Standard Definition, which takes data usage down to 0.5GB per hour.
Thanks to its access to the full resources of Fox Sports as well as ESPN and beIN Sports, Kayo delivers over 30 sporting codes featuring multiple different leagues and competitions from Australia and around the world. If there’s a sport you follow, you’re almost certainly going to find it on Kayo. The 14-day free trial lets you check out the range of sports for yourself without spending a cent.
Because Kayo is the Australian licensee of the various sports that it streams from Australia and around the world, the service can’t be used from outside of Australia, even if you’re an Australian customer who’s travelling. Using a VPN to access Kayo from overseas is also not supported. Remember that as there’s no lock-in contract, you can pause your Kayo subscription if you’re heading overseas and seamlessly resume it when you return.
With a user base of nearly 3 million Australians, PlayStation 4 is a hugely popular device not just for games, but also for streaming video. Kayo is well aware of that, and has been working on a PS4 app for Kayo which is expected to be released soon.
The versatile Apple TV is one of Kayo’s best-supported devices, and accessing Kayo on it is as easy as heading to the App Store app on the Apple TV itself. If you then move over to the “Apps” tab, you’ll see a list of the top free apps. Find the green Kayo logo in that list, click on it, and select “INSTALL”. You then just need to run the app from the Apple TV’s main menu and follow the on-screen instructions to get started.
You can have as many compatible devices as you like set up to access your Kayo account, but the amount of them that can access Kayo at the same time depends on which Kayo plan you’re on. For Basic plan users, up to 2 devices can stream at one time; the Premium plan increases that to 3 at once.
The Kayo app for Samsung smart TVs works on all smart Samsung models released in 2017 and later. You can find it by pressing the Smart Hub button on your TV remote, then heading to the Samsung Apps tab. Find the green Kayo app icon and select Download Now. The Kayo app will then be added to your Smart Hub menu.
While the Main Event channel doesn’t always appear on Kayo, you can now order and stream events from the channel as they happen and watch them directly on Kayo. You don’t need to have a current Kayo subscription to watch. You can see what’s coming up and buy access to the events you want at Kayo Sports’ website.
No – as a streaming service, Kayo doesn’t offer a recording feature at all. But it doesn’t need to, since all sports streamed by Kayo can be watched live, on delay “as live” or watched any time after the event has finished, complete with extra features for many sporting codes. On-demand replays are generally available for several weeks after the event, though how long depends on the particular sport.
Not at this stage; there have been plans mentioned to bring Kayo to Xbox One but at the moment, no time frame has been given for an app for that game console. For Fetch TV it’s unlikely there’ll ever be a Kayo app.
Because it’s designed to be used as a service focused on sporting codes and events rather than a TV schedule, Kayo doesn’t have a regular TV guide even though it offers some live channels. Instead, there’s a “Fixtures” menu which lays out what games are on when, code-by-code, making it easy to jump straight to what you want to watch.
Aside from the free 14-day trial which gives you access to all of Kayo Sports for free, you can actually access free months of Kayo if you’re a Telstra Plus member on the Silver or Gold tiers. Silver members get one month free, while Gold members get a full three free months of full Kayo access. Check your Telstra account page for details.
If you’re done with Kayo and want to cancel, head onto the Kayo web site and make sure you’re signed in. Click the menu icon at the top right, then click on “My Account”. Scroll to the bottom of that menu and click “Cancel Subscription,” then follow the prompts.