If there’s one thing most of us just can’t seem to get enough of these days, it’s free time. We’re working longer hours, we’re travelling more and we’re spending lot’s of time connecting with friends (thanks, technology!) And if you’re like millions of Australian sports fans, you’re grateful to have that mobile device at hand for those times when you can’t be at home in front of the TV to catch your team’s game, or to take in the nail-biting final round of US Open golf or ATP tennis.
But there’s a small problem with catching up with sports while you’re out and about – a lot of the time, you simply don’t have a few hours to yourself to sit back and take in the match. You want to get a feel for the excitement, rhythm and pace of the game but you’ve only got 15 minutes on your lunch break rather than a couple of hours. If only there was a solution that worked better than manually fast-forwarding through the replay while keeping an eye out for the good bits.
Kayo Sports Live and On-Demand
The arrival of Kayo Sports has already been embraced by fans for a huge range of reasons. You get access to a whole planet’s worth of sport – streamed live or on demand – and a bunch of ground-breaking interactive features including seamless split-screen playback and live, interactive statistics as the game takes place.
And especially handy for those sports that take place overseas while you’re sleeping – every tennis fan knows what we’re talking about – is the way Kayo makes it easy to watch your favourite sport on your own schedule. If you can’t be around for the live stream, you can jump in and watch the game later as though it was live. There’s even a “no spoilers” setting so you’re guaranteed to not find out the result before you see the game.
Having access to these high-quality replays on demand is one of the best things about Kayo. But if you’re trying to get caught up with a game while you’re on the way to work on the train in the morning, you probably don’t have the two hours to spare to see out the entire match. That’s where Kayo Minis come in.
Meet the Kayo Mini
The Kayo Mini is such a brilliant idea, we’re surprised nobody’s thought of doing it before. The concept is simple – and if we were going to compare it to anything, it’d be those condensed versions of books that Readers Digest puts out, or a longer form of the “previously” recaps before an episode of Game of Thrones.
As soon as the event has finished, Kayo’s crack team goes to work assembling a custom condensed version of the match, running minutes rather than hours. But it’s different to your usual “highlights reel” – or even going through the Key Moments (another great Kayo interactive feature) in the full game. The Kayo Mini aims to give you a game with a start, middle and end, with all the highlights and all the highs and lows that made the game the journey it was. When you take in a Kayo Mini, you feel like you’ve actually seen the game, not just random bits from it. It’s an immensely clever idea, and the immensely clever people at Kayo Sports have some great plans for it.
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Currently, there are three sporting codes that are being given the Kayo Mini treatment, as Kayo works on expanding and refining the concept. The eventual goal is to have what could be called “dynamic” Kayo Minis, where you could pick the length you want your Mini to be. That way you could perfectly tailor your game catch-up to the spare time you’ve got.
For now, though, the Minis on offer vary in length. They’re usually around 15 minutes long, but can be shorter or longer as needed. The sports that get the initial Kayo Mini treatment are:
If ever there was a perfect game for Kayo Minis to cover, cricket is it. With even the shorter forms of cricket making for an extended viewing session, the Mini is set to make your cricket catch up viewing nice and easy. Taking one example – a recent One Day International between Australia and Pakistan ran for a solid 8 and a half hours – all available to stream live on Kayo in its entirety if you want, of course. But if you’d prefer not to lose an entire day to a cricket replay, the Kayo Mini version takes you through all of it in a fast-flowing 22 minutes. Currently, Australian men’s and women’s cricket matches are covered by Minis, with more to come, which should be extremely hand for those late evening summer of cricket matches that will be airing soon.
Fans of the great interstate game are well catered for by Kayo Minis right from the start, with condensed replays available for every game of this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership, all Australian club games in the Vodafone Super Rugby season, and all Wallabies internationals. How Mini does it get? Well, a three-hour stream of a recent Rabbitohs vs Panthers NRL match gets distilled down to a taut 19 minutes for its Kayo Mini version, making it the only way to catch an entire game and still have time to grab dinner!
The biggest sport in the world also demands the most attention and patience from its fans, and while the slow strategy of a game of football is undeniably a massive part of the game’s appeal, sometimes you just don’t have the three hours or more to take in the full coverage of a match. With every Hyundai A League game getting the Kayo Mini treatment, you don’t need to worry about that, as a three and a half hour Melbourne City vs Mariners game can be watched in a fast-paced 12 minutes that maintains the game’s flow perfectly. This should surely please fans of the Australian national teams, with both the Socceroos and Matildas matches airing quite often at the most inconvenient of times.
Though they’re over now, Kayo offered Minis for the latter stages of both Wimbledon and the French Open in 2019, and for those of you who remember the dramatic Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – which lasted just a couple of minutes less than five hours – you’ll understand just how useful this was. Presumably Kayo will be developing Minis for future tournaments – most likely Grand Slams to begin with – so stay tuned for further developments.
Australia’s biggest motorsport competition, the Supercars Championship hosts 15 exciting races around the country – and one in New Zealand – every season, and now you can ensure you don’t miss out on any of it. Every race throughout the 2019 season is available as a Kayo Mini, meaning if you miss out on the Bathurst 1000 or simply want to relive Scott McLaughlin winning yet another race, there is an easy solution.
How Do You Find Kayo Minis?
If you’re searching through Kayo for the section where all the Kayo Minis live, you’re doing it wrong – the idea here is to integrate them into each match’s dedicated page. So when you head to a match in one of the sports above, you’ll see below the main replay window there’s an option to play the Kayo Mini version of the game.
Will There Be More Minis?
Only a few months into its life, Kayo Sports has proved to be massively popular with the sport-loving public – and when it comes to features, the Kayo team is only just warming up. Already the likes of the Key Moments feature – which lets you skip back or forwards to the most important moments in a given match – are contributing massively to Kayo’s rising popularity. And they aren’t finished – there’s a huge range of expanded and new features coming to Kayo over the coming months and further into the future, and expanded Kayo Mini coverage looks certain to be a candidate for expansion.
Imagine being able to catch up with an entire day of a PGA golf tournament in your choice of 10, 20 or 30 minutes. That’s very much on the cards (we believe test Minis have been done for golf events already) and it’d be a phenomenal thing to have around.
And of course, the AFL with its breakneck pace and endless action would be perfect for Kayo Minis. We’d be pretty sure that AFL support is not too far away – it is, after all, one of the biggest sports in the nation in terms of following and viewership!
Getting Started with Kayo
If you haven’t yet given Kayo a try, and the idea of having a world of high definition sports at your command sounds like an awesome concept, then now’s the time to check it out. Kayo offers a full two weeks access free of charge so you can stream anything and everything to your heart’s content – including Kayo Minis – and then it’s only $25 a month for full access and the ability to watch on two screens simultaneously, with no extra costs for anything. To be able to watch on three screens at once that price is bumped up to $35/month, but whichever package you choose you’ll be able to access the Minis. Be sure to check out this hands on review of Kayo Sports for a detailed overview of all the features Kayo’s packed into their apps. If you love your sports, we think you’re gonna want your Kayo around.