One of the most unique and ambitious features to be offered by a mobile provider, OVOPlay is a streaming service run by the well-liked prepaid mobile provider OVO. Focusing largely on sports content – though not entirely – OVOPlay has been a feature available to OVO customers since the company launched. More recently, though, the service has been expanding, and now is a far more ambitious service than it was at launch, with more content and an optional premium subscription.
What Makes OVOPlay Unique?
In Australia, we’ve got no shortage of excellent sports coverage, both on free to air TV and via streaming – especially with Foxtel-owned provider Kayo Sports coming onto the scene to put sports streaming at the forefront of people’s attention.
But long before anyone else was doing it, then-new mobile provider OVO decided to do something to make themselves stand out in an increasingly crowded market, where prepaid mobile carriers are around every corner. Knowing that there was substantial interest in sports not being adequately covered either by free or pay TV, OVO decided to set up OVOPlay, a free sports streaming service available to its mobile customers – a perk of being part of the OVO family.
Back then, it was just a handful of sports – largely motorsport – but it didn’t take long for that to expand. Alongside that growth came the opening up of OVOPlay to everyone (the perk of data-free streaming remaining for OVO’s mobile customers).
Premium channels came next, as coverage expanded to live streaming of some sports; in keeping with OVO’s friendly philosophy, though, the price of access for those channels was kept to a minimum.
How Much Does OVOPlay Cost?
Unlike other sports streaming services, OVOPlay is completely free for everyone – whether you access it via the OVOPlay web site or through the free app that’s available for iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets. And to access the main OVOPlay service there is no cost at all – it’s completely free, with no catches, no credit cards and no sneaky paywalls.
There are, however, some channels that are designated as “Premium”. There’s a reason for that – these channels carry live streams of sports that have licensed their streaming to OVOPlay, but want to be paid for access to their live games. The prices are far from unreasonable – typically $2.99 for a week, $9.99 for 3 months or $16.99 for a full year’s access to a channel.
Premium Sport Channels
At the moment there are only two premium channels – the BWF (Badminton World Federation) and Chinese Super League football, the latter streaming multiple games live every week.
Outside of those channels, everything else is completely free to stream. You can do so without even signing up for an account, but registering opens up access to live streams, HD picture quality and the ability to watch on your TV via Chromecast.
Which Sports Does OVOPlay Cover?
The list of sporting codes and events covered by OVOPlay is an expanding one – as the service gains more viewers and greater attention, more and more sports are being added. Right now, you can stream anything from this collection of sports from Australia and around the world; the sports listed as “premium” require a modest subscription fee (as low as $2.99) to stream, but everything else is completely free of charge.
- 400 Thunder
- Aussie Racing
- Aussie Running & Athletics
- Australian 18 Footers (sailing)
- Australian eSports League
- Badminton Australia
- Badminton World Federation (premium)
- Brumbies Rugby
- Chinese Super League (premium)
- Formula Drift / Black Magic Pro Championship
- Gymnastics Australia
- Rally Cross
- Water Polo Australia
- World Superbikes
Is There Any Other Streaming Content on OVOPlay?
Alongside all of the above sports, you’ll find a selection of podcasts available to stream – especially handy on the mobile app – as well as live radio streams from Triple M and Hit FM. While the latter are available for free elsewhere as well, they can be streamed by OVO customers completely data-free, making them a great source of all-day music when you’re out and about.
There’s also a couple of sports-related shows – The Panel Show (an Ovo production) and drag racing show Workshop Wars.
What Devices Does OVOPlay Work With?
Currently, you can access OVOPlay directly from any modern web browser on your desktop or laptop PC or Mac. For more streamlined access, though, the best option is to download the free app from the iOS App Store or Google Play for Android. Once you’re registered and logged in to the app, you’ll be able to connect to any Chromecast devices you have and start watching on your big screen TV from the comfort of the couch.
Is OVOPlay Available Bundled with a Mobile Service?
Yes, absolutely – OVO is still, first and foremost, a mobile phone service provider, and one which offers some seriously well-priced plans, too.
OVO’s mobile plans run on the Optus 4G Plus network and come in six different configurations – including two OVO Mini plans designed especially for the kids. All plans are month-to-month and free of any lock-in contracts. Prices start at $9.99/month for 1GB of data, $500 worth of calls and unlimited texts – the entry-level Mini plan – and head all the way up to a whopping 40GB of data, unlimited calls and texts for $49.95/month. All plans, no matter how big or small, come with full data-free access to OVOPlay for as long as you’re a customer.
If you’ve got any questions about OVOPlay or OVO’s mobile plans and services – which also include plans for data-only and home broadband if you need them – you can get in touch with them on 135 686, any time from 9am to 8pm weekdays and 10am to 6pm on weekends.
You’ll also find friendly OVO reps across social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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We’d recommend you bookmark OvoPlay, grab the app and keep an eye on it in the coming months. Because after a reasonably slow start, it looks like they’ve decided to put the pedal to the metal and rapidly expand the service. Who knows what’s around the corner?