Best Guide to Streaming with OVOPlay
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, podcasts and radio, OVOPlay has been a feature available to OVO customers since the company launched. The service has been expanding, and now is a far more ambitious service gaining traction in the sports streaming space and Esports.
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 anyone to download the app or watch on a browser.
Back then, it was just a handful of sports – largely motorsport – but it didn’t take long for that to expand. With sports like water polo, rugby, badminton, more motorsport, Aussie pro wrestling, rugby and so much more.
Alongside that growth came the opening up of OVOPlay to everyone for the most basic plan with limited sports (the perk of data-free streaming remains exclusive to OVO’s SIM mobile customers).
There are now premium channels that can be accessed with a ‘Fan Pass’ for exclusive coverage for live and on demand sport. You don’t need to be an existing Ovo customer to access this pass, however you will be able to stream it data free if you’re on the Ovo network.
How Much Does OVOPlay Cost?
Unlike other sports streaming services, OVOPlay has some free content that is accessible to 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.
There are, however, some channels that are designated as premium which can be accessed via OvoPlay’s Fan Pass. 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 $5.99 for an event pass, $9.99 for 1 month or $79.99 for a full year’s access to a channel.
OVOPlay’s Fan Pass
The sports channels in OVOPlay’s Fan Pass is constantly being added to – the BWF (Badminton World Federation) and Chinese Super League football are recent additions to their portfolio of sport accessible to Australian sports fans.
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 $5.99) to stream, but everything else is completely free of charge.
|Sport Type||Details||Plan Type|
|Aussie Pro Wrestling|
|Quack to the Future!, Newcastle Pro Wrestling||Premium|
|Badminton World Federation|
|Thailand Open, BWF World Championships, VICTOR China Open, DANISA Denmark Open, YONEX French Open, Fuzhou China Open, YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open, HSBC BWF World Tour||Premium|
|Chinese Super League|
|Shanghai SIPG vs Tianjin TEDA, Beijing Guoan vs Guangzhou Evergrande||Premium|
|Red Centre Nats|
|BURNOUT MASTERS Series||Premium|
|World Schools Festival|
|School Rugby championships||Premium|
|Jamboree, Honeywell Garrett Jamboree||Free|
|Aussie Running and Athletics|
|Australian 18 Footers|
|JJ Giltinan Trophy, 18 Foot Skiffies||Free|
|Australian Esports League|
|Uni Cup: DOTA, Uni Cup: CSGO, Uni Cup: Rocket League||Free|
|Australia U19 Championships, Australia U17 Individual Championships, Australia National Championships, VICTOR OCEANIA Championships||Free|
|John I Dent Cup, First Division and Women’s||Free|
|True North, Uncharted Territory, Season Intro, Title Fight||Free|
|Queensland Club Championships, Senior State Championships, Australian Gymnastics Championships, Gymnastics Australian Championships||Free|
|Motorsport World RX of Canada, Swecon World RX of Sweden, Team Verksted World RX of Norway, DayInSure World RX of Great Britain, Spa World RX of Benelux||Free|
|The Panel Show|
|Hear the Music, Play the Game||Free|
|Water Polo Australia|
|SBK Motul Superbikes|
|Geico US Round 9, Prosecco DOC UK, Pata – Riviera Di Rimini, Acerbis, Pirelli Italian||Free|
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 Esports which you can watch live and on demand on OVOPlay.
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.
|Streaming Device List||User Guide|
|iPhone/iPad||Yes (iOS 10 or higher required)|
|Android Phone/Tablet||Yes (Android 5.0 and up)|
|Windows/Mac Web Browsers||Yes, via OVOPlay website|
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 2GB of data, $500 worth of calls and unlimited texts – the entry-level Mini plan – and head all the way up to a whopping 80GB 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.
How to Contact OVO
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?