Rugby World Cup 2019™: Kayo Sports vs 10 Play Free to Air Streaming


Kayo Sports vs 10 Play Free to Air Streaming
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With the 2019 Rugby World Cup taking place in Japan, fans are going to be glued to their screens while passionate sporting nations fight it out for the glory of being known as the best. Australia are going into this World Cup with a score to settle, and using this guide you won’t have to miss a history making moment when watching on Channel Ten or streaming on Kayo Sports.

Kayo Sports vs Free to Air Network Ten

Now, for the 2019 World Cup, fans from the 20 competing nations will be glued to their screens as the action gets under way once again. And for Wallabies’ fans, the choice of host nation – just an hour’s time difference to both Australian coasts – means that each and every game will be there to be watched during daytime and evening prime viewing hours. If you’re a dedicated fan of the game, this is going to be an absolute sporting feast.

For the millions of Australians who’ll be looking to stream the World Cup matches online, there are two choices this time around. But those are two very different choices, with dedicated sports streaming service Kayo and the Ten Network’s free online app 10Play battling it out for the top spot. To be honest, it’s not exactly a fair contest, and there’s a clear winner.

Compare the Device Support

With Kayo Sports, you’ve got support right out of the box for some of the most popular streaming devices on the market, with some superb interactive features on most of them (more on those below). 10Play is no slouch either, having had many years of head-start on Kayo and as a result being available on a wide range of devices including Fetch TV and Xbox One.

Kayo takes one very important point off 10Play across all platforms – video quality. Kayo streams in 1080p full HD, and at 50 frames per second for fluid action. 10Play, being primarily a catch-up app for broadcast TV, sticks to a lower 720p resolution at only 25 frames/second. It doesn’t look bad, by any means, but Kayo blows it out of the water for picture quality.

Here’s the details on device support for each:

DeviceKayo Sports (1080p HD)10Play (720p)
iOS phones and tabletsYesYes
Android phones and tabletsYesYes
Apple TVYesYes
Android TVYesYes
Freeview PlusNoYes
Telstra TVYes (720p on Telstra TV 1)Yes
Fetch TVNoYes
Smart TVsYes (Android TV models)Yes
Xbox OneNoYes
Playstation 4Coming SoonNo
ChromecastYesYes
Web BrowsersYesYes

Compare Unique Streaming Features

The other key advantage that Kayo Sports comes with is in its unique special features, developed with sports fans in mind and exclusive to the Kayo platform. These include real-time live statistics, Split View (letting you put up to four unique live video streams on screen at the same time), Key Moments (jump straight to the events that changed the match when streaming on delay or replay) and Kayo Minis, which condense entire matches down into easily-watchable 20-30 minute Rugby on demand replay packages that tell the sort of story that mere highlights cannot. You can stream games live, replay them later, or even start streaming while they’re still in progress without any score spoilers. Plus you can use Kayo’s Search to head directly to the game you’re looking for, and as we mentioned above, Kayo’s video quality is top tier, at 1080p full HD and 50fps.

10Play, the official Rugby World Cup free to air broadcaster in Australia, is a bit more bare-bones in its offerings. You’ll be able to stream the 10 matches the network has the rights to in 720p HD – not awful, but not as good as even their TV broadcast – and you’ll have to sit through regular ad breaks during play. And that’s pretty much it. On the plus side, it’s completely free.

FeatureKayo10Play
SplitViewYesNo
On Demand ReplaysYesNo
Multiple DevicesYesYes
Live StatsYesNo
Key MomentsYesNo
Interactive GraphicsYesNo
Full HDYesNo
SearchYesYes

Stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 ™ Live and Free

While it’s hard for some to pass up the bargain price of free, 10Play’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup is very limited, and as a result, so is their streaming of it. Kayo Sports, on the other hand, has the rights to all 48 matches, and will stream all of them in pristine full HD with no ad breaks during play, as well as a whole range of special features to enhance the experience and make it truly interactive.

Kayo Sports gives you access not just to the Rugby World Cup 2019™, but the entire vast library of live sports featured on the service 24 hours a day. Kayo also offers a free 14 day trial that gives you full access to the entire thing, too – and with the World Cup getting started there’s never been a better time to take them up. 

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Compare the Live Streaming Fixtures

With 20 teams competing in four pools of five teams each – Australia is in Pool D and competing against Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay, and their toughest opponent Wales – there’s a ton of top-tier rugby being played over the coming weeks. The pool games alone total 40 individual rugby matches, with 8 more games making up the finals.

Dedicated sports streaming service Kayo Sports has become the go-to destination for high-quality sports streaming, gathering nearly half a million paying customers since its launch, and for good reason. Combining smart design with unique features and unbeatable coverage, Kayo doesn’t mess around when it comes to the World Cup. They’ll be streaming every single match – all 40 pool games and all eight finals – live in high definition, augmented by some unique interactive features. And for those who can’t be at home when the daytime games are played, Kayo opens up the options of streaming wherever you are, of streaming “as live” when you get home.

Over at the Rugby World Cup’s free to air broadcast partner Network Ten, meanwhile, things are a little more reserved and decidedly limited. Through their catch-up app 10Play – which also offers live streaming of their broadcast channels – Ten will be streaming a total of eleven matches out of the 48. They’ll be covering the opening match between host nation Japan and Russia, the four pool matches featuring the Wallabies, the two quarter-finals that Australia might be playing in, and the four big finals at the pointy end. 

Rugby World Cup TV Fixtures (Sydney time)

Date Time Event Channel
Friday, Sep 20 8:45 PM Japan vs Russia Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10
Saturday, Sep 21 2:45 PM Australia vs Fiji Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10
Saturday, Sep 21 5:15 PM France vs Argentina Kayo / Fox Sports
Saturday, Sep 21 7:45 PM New Zealand vs South Africa Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Sep 22 3:15 PM Italy vs Namibia Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Sep 22 5:45 PM Ireland vs Scotland Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Sep 22 8:15 PM England vs Tonga Kayo / Fox Sports
Monday, Sep 23 8:15 PM Wales vs Georgia Kayo / Fox Sports
Tuesday, Sep 24 8:15 PM Russia vs Samoa Kayo / Fox Sports
Wednesday, Sep 25 3:15 PM Fiji vs Uruguay Kayo / Fox Sports
Thursday, Sep 26 5:45 PM Italy vs Canada Kayo / Fox Sports
Thursday, Sep 26 8:45 PM England vs USA Kayo / Fox Sports
Saturday, Sep 28 2:45 PM Argentina vs Tonga Kayo / Fox Sports
Saturday, Sep 28 5:15 PM Japan vs Ireland Kayo / Fox Sports
Saturday, Sep 28 7:45 PM South Africa vs Namibia Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Sep 29 3:15 PM Georgia vs Uruguay Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Sep 29 5:45 PM Australia vs Wales Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10
Monday, Sep 30 8:15 PM Scotland vs Samoa Kayo / Fox Sports
Wednesday, Oct 2 5:45 PM France vs USA Kayo / Fox Sports
Wednesday, Oct 2 8:15 PM New Zealand vs Canada Kayo / Fox Sports
Thursday, Oct 3 3:15 PM Georgia vs Fiji Kayo / Fox Sports
Thursday, Oct 3 8:15 PM Ireland vs Russia Kayo / Fox Sports
Friday, Oct 4 7:45 PM South Africa vs Italy Kayo / Fox Sports
Saturday, Oct 5 3:15 PM Australia vs Uruguay Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10
Saturday, Oct 5 6:00 PM England vs Argentina Kayo / Fox Sports
Saturday, Oct 5 8:30 PM Japan vs Samoa Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Oct 6 3:45 PM New Zealand vs Namibia Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Oct 6 6:45 PM France vs Tonga Kayo / Fox Sports
Tuesday, Oct 8 9:15 PM South Africa vs Canada Kayo / Fox Sports
Wednesday, Oct 9 3:15 PM Argentina vs USA Kayo / Fox Sports
Wednesday, Oct 9 6:15 PM Scotland vs Russia Kayo / Fox Sports
Wednesday, Oct 9 8:45 PM Wales vs Fiji Kayo / Fox Sports
Friday, Oct 11 9:15 PM Australia vs Georgia Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10
Saturday, Oct 12 3:45 PM New Zealand vs Italy Kayo / Fox Sports
Saturday, Oct 12 7:15 PM England vs France Kayo / Fox Sports
Saturday, Oct 12 9:45 PM Ireland vs Samoa Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Oct 13 2:15 PM Namibia vs Canada Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Oct 13 4:45 PM USA vs Tonga Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Oct 13 7:15 PM Wales vs Uruguay Kayo / Fox Sports
Sunday, Oct 13 9:45 PM Japan vs Scotland Kayo / Fox Sports

Quarter-finals

Date Time Event Channel
Saturday, Oct 19 6:15 PM Winner Pool C vs Runner up Pool D Kayo / Fox Sports*
Saturday, Oct 19 9:15 PM Winner Pool B vs Runner up Pool A Kayo / Fox Sports*
Sunday, Oct 20 6:15 PM Winner Pool D vs Runner up Pool C Kayo / Fox Sports*
Sunday, Oct 20 9:15 PM Winner Pool A vs Runner up Pool B Kayo / Fox Sports*

*Channel 10 has the rights to stream two of the four quarter-finals. These have not yet been confirmed.

Semi-finals

Date Time Event Channel
Saturday, Oct 26 7:00 PM Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 2 Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10
Sunday, Oct 27 8:00 PM Winner QF 3 vs Winner QF 4 Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10

Third-placed playoff

Date Time Event Channel
Friday, Nov 1 8:00 PM Loser SF 1 vs Loser SF 2 Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10

Final

Date Time Event Channel
Saturday, Nov 2 8:00 PM Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2 Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10

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