Everything You Need to Know to Watch the Cricket World Cup in Australia

kayo vs foxtel vs free to air

With numerous options for tuning into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, it can be difficult to determine just which of them is going to best suit your needs. All of free to air broadcaster Channel Nine, subscription service Foxtel, and sports streaming platform Kayo Sports will have coverage of the event, though the amount of games they will show varies.

Cricket World Cup on Channel 9

Channel Nine will be the only Cricket World Cup broadcaster for which you don’t have to pay, but the quantity of cricket you get as a result is relatively limited. Throughout the tournament, Nine will show all nine Australian group games, the two semi-finals and the final, as well as six Group matches not including Australia – a total of just 18 of the 48 World Cup games. To tune into these matches, simply flick on your television and switch to Channel 90, or head to Nine’s streaming service 9Now, and watch on a range of eligible devices.

Cricket World Cup on Foxtel

In contrast to Channel Nine, Foxtel have comprehensive coverage of the World Cup, airing each and every delivery of the tournament live. The games will also be made available on demand through Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s streaming service, which will also enable you to tune into all the action from the event on various devices. If you aren’t already a subscriber to Foxtel, you will have to pay first for the base pack and then for the sports pack. It isn’t the cheapest option, but it gives you access to a range of great sports as well as some of the best television from around the globe, and offers all you could ask for from the World Cup.

Cricket World Cup on Kayo Sports

Like Foxtel, Kayo Sports is the answer for those who want to be able to watch as much of the Cricket World Cup as possible. The sports streaming platform will air all 48 games from the tournament both live and on demand, including all Australian matches as well as the three finals, and is available to watch on anything from Macs and PCs to iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, compatible smart TVs and more.

Plus Kayo offers a number of added features which will even further improve your ICC Cricket World Cup viewing experience. Take, for instance, their ‘Kayo Minis’ feature, which will see Kayo experts compress an eight-hour game of cricket into just a 15-30 minute video, enabling those of you who can’t stay up until the early hours of the morning to watch the second innings of the games to remain on top of the action. Another feature is ‘SplitView’, which lets you watch up to four things on the one screen simultaneously – ideal if you want to watch two matches at the same time, or another sporting event while the cricket is on.* And if you’re catching up on demand, ‘No Spoilers’ will ensure you don’t prematurely see the scores, while ‘Key Moments’ lets you skip to all the sixes, fours and wickets from the match.

Kayo Sports is available for a cheap monthly subscription fee of just $25/month and also gives you access to over 50 other sports, but if you’re not certain it’s right for you, they are currently offering a 14 day free trial to let you try out the service.* Simply sign up as normal, and you won’t be charged until after the 14 day period is over, giving you two weeks of all the World Cup action you could hope to consume free of charge.

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Cricket World Cup 2019: Kayo vs 9 and 9GEM

A number of huge clashes from the ICC Cricket World Cup won’t be shown on free to air, meaning Kayo will be your best streaming option and the most flexibile way to tune in. The huge clash between South Africa and India on the 5th of June, for example, will only be available on the subscription platforms. Two sides with high hopes heading into the tournament, this game could have massive implications for the final standings. With the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada involved, it’s sure to be a high quality clash, and is one not to be missed.

A week later, India will be involved in another huge match against a Final Four hopeful – this time, the Kiwis. New Zealand has never won a World Cup, but has a legitimate chance to go deep into this tournament, and a win against arguably the best side in world cricket would go a long way towards proving they are truly capable of doing just that. With the first ball set to be bowled at 7.30pm AEST from Trent Bridge, expect an intensity far greater than an early Group Stage game would normally demand, and you can catch it all exclusively on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.

A few weeks later, South Africa will again be playing on the big stage – but it won’t be shown on free to air TV in Australia either. They face off against Pakistan on the 23rd of June at the home of cricket, Lords, in London. One of the most well-known cricket stadiums in the world, expect Lords to be filled to the brim with fans eager to see if South Africa can solidify a spot in the final four as the Group Stage nears a close, or if Pakistan can pull a surprise and beat their more highly fancied opponent.

Sunday 23 JunePakistan v South Africa7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Monday 24 JuneBangladesh v Afghanistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 25 JuneEngland v Australia7.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 26 JuneNew Zealand v Pakistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Thursday 27 JuneWest Indies v India7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Friday 28 JuneSri Lanka v South Africa7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 29 JunePakistan v Afghanistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 29 JuneNew Zealand v Australia10.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 30 JuneEngland v India7.30pmGEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Monday 1 JulySri Lanka v West Indies7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 2 JulyBangladesh v India7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 3 JulyEngland v New Zealand7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Thursday 4 JulyAfghanistan v West Indies7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Friday 5 JulyPakistan v Bangladesh7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 6 JulySri Lanka v India7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 6 JulyAustralia v South Africa10.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 9 JulySemi Finals 1st vs 4thNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 11 JulySemi Finals 2nd vs 3rdNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 14 JulyCricket World Cup FinalNine / Foxtel / Kayo

* $25/month for Kayo Basic. Requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. SplitView available on selected, compatible devices.

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