Ever since its launch last year, Kayo Sport has been winning fans over with its live and on-demand coverage of all things sport from around the globe, coupled with the latest streaming technology to deliver a truly interactive experience that sports fans haven’t seen before. And as the 2020 AFL premiership season gets ready to resume, fans of Australia’s most popular game are going to be eager to see how Kayo shapes up when it comes to AFL coverage. Up until now, the only way to stream AFL games live on your computer has been the WatchAFL service, but the arrival of Kayo has changed all that. So which one is the best at bringing you the games live as they happen, and why?
What Makes Kayo Different to WatchAFL?
Though the two services have access to the same feeds of all the season’s games (aside from the Grand Final, which remains exclusive to free-to-air TV under the current AFL rights arrangement), there’s a world of difference between the two contenders here. And it’s the new kid on the block, Kayo, that is set to impress footy fans with the way it does things.
What makes Kayo stand out from the pack is that it’s a combination of a live, as-it-happens streaming service and an on-demand library of recent games, highlights, documentaries and more. With full access to the Fox Sports arsenal, Kayo can leverage its tight connections with the Fox Footy channel to bring viewers an unprecedented level of picture quality and useful features. With no screen size restrictions to spoil the game for those watching on large computer screens or even bigger TVs, Kayo will be delivering many of its games in full 1080p high definition and at a frame rate of 50fps, double what you usually see on broadcast TV. That means smoother, more immersive action.
Over at WatchAFL, the picture quality’s a little lower, mainly because it’s designed to be viewed mostly within mobile apps created for the purpose (though there is also an Apple TV app). The service provides live streams of each and every AFL game during the season – including the finals – and gives you the ability to pause and rewind live streams or start them on a delay.
That functionality is built into Kayo as well, but Kayo takes it a step further with its extended feature set.
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What Features do Kayo and WatchAFL Deliver?
One of Kayo’s key advantages is its cleverly designed interactive features, which are seamlessly added to in-progress live streams to give viewers real-time stats on the progress of the game (goalkickers, possessions and disposals and so on) at the press of a button or the tap of a screen. But it goes even further than that if you’re watching the AFL live stream on a delay (for example, if you’ve started streaming from the beginning half an hour after the game’s gotten underway). A look at the timeline will reveal a feature called “Key Moments”, which flags every goal, quarter start and end along with other significant events, all able to be accessed instantly if you just want to catch up with the highlights and get right into the live-action.
Kayo also offers a unique split-screen mode that lets you stream up to four different matches at once (depending on your device) so you can keep an eye on what the opposition teams are doing while you watch your team’s game. It’s a seriously cool feature that feels like you’re running your own TV network!
WatchAFL, by comparison, is noticeably feature-light. You get the scores, the live streams and.. that’s about it. The whole purpose of the service is much more basic – to simply let you watch the games, no fuss.
How much does Kayo Sports Cost?
It’s hard to beat Kayo’s easy to understand, all-inclusive pricing for its service, which simply comes in two flavours – either $25/month for the regular plan (which lets you stream on two devices at once) or $35/month for the premium plan (three devices at once). That’ll get you not just the AFL, but a bevy of other sport from around the globe, 24 hours a day, all accessible from the one stylish app.
How much does WatchAFL Cost?
WatchAFL is a bit pricier – Its’s $39 per month, or if you’d prefer just a single week, $20 for 7 days. An annual subscription costs $199. So why would you pay extra for WatchAFL? Well, it’s simple: while you’re welcome to subscribe to the service as an Australian (and it’s billed in Australian dollars), you can’t actually stream live games or replays inside Australia. WatchAFL is the solution for those who spend time outside of Australia – an easy way to keep caught up with your team and see all the games. That’s why there’s so much flexibility with subscription plans from WatchAFL.
Kayo Sports Device Compatability
For a complete list of eligible Kayo devices, check out the table below.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ & Windows 10; web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation for optimal streaming
– Telstra TV: Yes – Split View not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p
– Android TV: Yes – Via app for version 7.0 and up
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models
– PS4 and Xbox One: Soon – App in development
– Apple TV: Yes – 4th Generation or higher
WatchAFL Device Compatability
Since WatchAFL is available online and from its standalone phone app, accessing their service is as easy as connecting whatever device you have to your TV to view on the big screen.
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via Watch AFL app (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)|
|PC/Mac||Yes||Windows 10/MacOS 10.12+ via Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge|
|Apple TV||Yes||tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Via Watch AFL app and AirPlay|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation only via Watch AFL app|
|SMART TV||No||Watch AFL does not support SMART TV web browsers and devices|
|HDMI||No||Watch AFL does not support the use of a HDMI connection|
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Which One Wins?
While it’s not technically a direct head-to-head, since the services are in some ways complementary rather than competing, it’s an easy win to Kayo on almost all counts – picture quality, app and website design, advanced features and, of course, price. $25 per month is hard to beat just for the AFL alone – but when you see all the other sport you get access to along with it, you’ll be hitting the “subscribe” button in the Kayo app long before your free two-week trial period is over! Not to mention the restrictions for viewing games on WatchAFL in Australia, it seems pretty obvious what service you should choose. If you’re in Australia, Kayo is a no-brainer, but if you’re abroad, then WatchAFL is your best choice.
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 before the end of 2020.
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.