Kayo Review – What you should know about the sports TV streaming service


Summary

Our Verdict

Kayo Sports


Fantastic picture quality, an incredibly low price and access to all the high definition sport you can handle? Kayo’s a winner.

 
Overall 93%
Content
Usability
Value

Kayo is Australia’s most popular sports dedicated streaming service, offering over 50 sports live and on demand. With Kayo, you get access to all Fox Sports channels, as well and ESPN and BeIN.

Kayo Sports Review

Until Kayo there was very few options for Australian fans when it comes to streaming their favourite sports online. However, there introduction now allows users to stream everything from AFL and NRL to Supercars and Formula 1 without the need for a Foxtel contract.

They even offer a 14 day free trial so that you can test out a couple of weekends of world class sports before deciding if you want to continue.

Here we are going to look at Kayo in a little more detail and outline the many benefits of a platform that has sports fans going crazy!

In this Review

Kayo Sports Benefits

  • Free trial offer: two weeks full access free, cancel any time
  • Price: $25/month (Basic, 2 screens) and $35/month (Premium, 3 screens)
  • Live Sports included: NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, A-League, and much more. Plus, over 15,000 hours of quality on-demand sport content – new content daily
  • Devices: Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV, Samsung TV, Chromecast Ultra, iOS/Android phones & tablets, web browsers.
  • Support: Online only (web form).

What can I watch on Kayo Sports?

Kayo Sports streaming delivers exactly what fans have been waiting for – Sport, and plenty of it. AFL, NRL, cricket, golf, Formula 1, supercars… check out the best Kayo plans below.

Any sport broadcast on Fox Sports, ESPN of Australia and BeIN will also be available to stream live on Kayo or watched on replay later in full 1080p high definition. If you’re looking for a specific event or league, search the table below and discover what sports are on Kayo.

Main Event on Kayo Sport

You can now watch and stream pay per view events via Main Event on Kayo. Some of the biggest combat sports bouts appear regularly on Main Event, a channel that was previously exclusive to Foxtel customers. You can get access to UFC, WWE and regular high profile boxing clashes as well as other special one-off events.

Paul Gallen v Lucas Browne 

Paul Gallen’s star has been on the rise since he defeated the legend, Mark Hunt, in December 2020. The fighter is now primed to take the next step. Gallen will square off against Browne, who himself is a former heavyweight title holder.   

Undefeated so far, Gallen has 10 wins and a draw. All experts agree that the skills he showed against Hunt has cemented Gallen’s reputation as the next big thing. Will the boxer live up to his new found reputation? 

His opponent, Browne, boasts an impressive record: 31(fights) – 29 (wins with 25 by knockout) – 2 (losses).

Browne has some unfinished business. He won the heavyweight title in 2016 only to have it taken away because of a failed drug test. Browne will look to reclaim his legacy when he squares off against Gallen.   

Watch the exciting bout on 21 April, 7pm AEDT onwards.  The Main Event will be available to order from Kayo, even if you don’t have a subscription, from 16 April. 

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Stream Main Event PPVs via Kayo Sports

Watch and Stream Main Event PPVs Live including the upcoming boxing contest between Paul Gallen and Lucas Browne.

How much do Kayo Plans cost?

Kayo will set you back only $25/month for the basic plan (which allows streaming on two screens at one time) or $35/month for the premium plan (which lets you have three screens going at once). We did a comparison of Kayo Sports plans, and even on the basic package, there’s room for two people in the same household to watch different sports without getting in each other’s way!

Kayo Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Main Event
  • Main Event
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Pay for events through Kayo Sports
  • Full access to all of Kayo for duration of event
  • $59.95/ days
$59.95/ days
Gallen v Browne boxing
Min Cost - $59.95/ppv

Basic
  • New Customers: 14 Day Trial
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • SD or HD, stream on two devices
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.

Premium
  • New Customers: 14 Day Trial
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • SD or HD, stream on three devices
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $35/mth
$35/mth
$0 for two-week free trial, $35 for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.

Last audited 09 April 2021

Regardless of which plan you go for, the first 14 days are completely free – you can sign up right now and road-test the full service, and not pay a cent if you cancel before the end of your Kayo 14-day trial. With such an appealing price point, though, we’re betting the vast majority of subscribers will stay around for the long haul.

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What’s on Kayo Sports This week: 9 Feb – 16 Feb

Live sport returns to Kayo – BBL, NBA, A-League, FA Cup, NFL & more. Kick it off with a 14 Day FREE Trial!

SportEventStream Start/Dropmm/dd/yy
Sports Wednesday14/04/2021 00:0104/14/2021 00:01
IPLHyderbad v Bangalore14/04/2021 23:5504/14/2021 23:55
Sports Thursday15/04/2021 00:0104/15/2021 00:01
AFLSt Kilda vs Richmond15/04/2021 19:2004/15/2021 19:20
NRLBroncos vs Panthers15/04/2021 19:5004/15/2021 19:50
IPLRajasthan v Delhi15/04/2021 23:5504/15/2021 23:55
Sports Friday16/04/2021 00:0104/16/2021 00:01
NRLKnights vs Sharks16/04/2021 18:0004/16/2021 18:00
MotoGPPortugal GP Practice16/04/2021 18:0004/16/2021 18:00
Formula 1Imola GP Practice16/04/2021 19:0004/16/2021 19:00
AFLWest Coast Eagles vs Collingwood16/04/2021 20:1004/16/2021 20:10
IPLPunjab v Chennai16/04/2021 23:5504/16/2021 23:55
Sports Saturday17/04/2021 00:0104/17/2021 00:01
SupercarsTasmania SuperSprint Day 117/04/2021 09:2004/17/2021 09:20
NRLSea Eagles vs Titans17/04/2021 15:0004/17/2021 15:00
AFLSydney Swans vs GWS Giants17/04/2021 16:3504/17/2021 16:35
AFLWestern Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns17/04/2021 16:3504/17/2021 16:35
NRLRabbitohs vs Tigers17/04/2021 17:3004/17/2021 17:30
MotoGPPortugal GP Qualifying17/04/2021 18:0004/17/2021 18:00
AFLBrisbane Lions vs Essendon17/04/2021 19:2504/17/2021 19:25
AFLCarlton vs Port Adelaide17/04/2021 19:2504/17/2021 19:25
NRLRaiders vs Eels17/04/2021 19:3504/17/2021 19:35
Formula 1Imola GP Qualifying17/04/2021 23:0004/17/2021 23:00
IPLMumbai v Hyderabad17/04/2021 23:5504/17/2021 23:55
Sports Sunday18/04/2021 00:0104/18/2021 00:01
SupercarsTasmania SuperSprint Day 218/04/2021 10:4504/18/2021 10:45
AFLAdelaide Crows vs Fremantle18/04/2021 13:3504/18/2021 13:35
NRLDragons vs Warriors18/04/2021 14:0004/18/2021 14:00
AFLHawthorn vs Melbourne18/04/2021 15:2004/18/2021 15:20
NRLCowboys vs Bulldogs18/04/2021 16:0504/18/2021 16:05
AFLGeelong Cats vs North Melbourne18/04/2021 16:4004/18/2021 16:40
MotoGPPortugal GP Race18/04/2021 23:0004/18/2021 23:00
Formula 1Imola GP Race18/04/2021 23:0004/18/2021 23:00
IPLDelhi v Punjab18/04/2021 23:5504/18/2021 23:55
Sports Monday19/04/2021 00:0104/19/2021 00:01
IPLChennai v Rajasthan19/04/2021 23:5504/19/2021 23:35
Sports Tuesday20/04/2021 00:0104/20/2021 00:01
IPLKolkata v Mumbai20/04/2021 23:5504/20/2021 23:55

Times are LIVE and in AEST unless stated otherwise. Times are also subject to change.

Telstra offers Kayo Sports cheapest plan

Getting access to Kayo Sports was recently made even easier for Telstra customers. The sports streaming service can now be added directly to your Telstra bill, enabling you to keep all your payments in one place. And it’s the same great service – you still get the Kayo game-changing features like No Spoilers and Key Moments, High Definition coverage, and the ability to watch on multiple screens, all for the same price. And what’s more, new or existing Telstra customers adding Kayo Sports to their bill will still have the opportunity to make use of the two-week free trial, meaning if you decide the service isn’t for you you can cancel before you pay a cent. And there’s even better news for Telstra Postpaid mobile phone customers – you can get Kayo for a full year for only $15 a month, a huge $10 off the usual price!

Kayo Sports from Telstra

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Basic
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $15/mth
$15/mth
Min Cost - $15/month for first 12 mths, $25/month afterwards

Basic Plan for Telstra Live Pass customers
  • Redeem by 31/5. Telstra Live Pass customers only.
  • Basic Plan for Telstra Live Pass customers
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $5/mth
$5/mth
Min Cost - $5/month for first 12 mths, $25/month afterwards

Premium
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
Min Cost - $25/month for first 12 mths, $35/month afterwards

Last audited 09 April 2021

How’s the Kayo User Experience?

On your desktop or laptop PC, you can browse and view Kayo in all the popular web browsers – Chrome and Firefox on both Windows and Mac, Safari on Mac and Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. When looking for an available sport such as Cricket to watch online it’s easy to navigate the site, pick what you want and full-screen it, and especially easy to set up the split view feature as well. You can also use the web browser on your iOS or Android phone or tablet to stream Kayo, though that’s no longer needed with the arrival of native apps for iOS and Android, both incredibly well designed and slick.

If you have a Chromecast Ultra or the latest (3rd-generation) standard Chromecast, right now you’re going to get the best Kayo experience available on that platform – because you can cast streams and replays in full 1080p HD to your big-screen TV, and the picture quality is phenomenally good. It seemed strange that Kayo would specify the Ultra and 3rd-generation versions of the Chromecast, but we suspect it’s to do with those models’ support for fast 50fps video that the older devices can’t handle in 1080p. Older Chromecasts can be used, but will be limited to a lower-resolution picture.

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Features available on Kayo Sports

When you first sign up to Kayo, you’re presented with a list of sports, both general (tennis, golf, soccer etc) and specific (AFL, NRL, Rugby World 7s and so on). You’re asked to select the ones that interest you the most and, for the specific sports, pick a team or teams that you follow. What you choose here then feeds into what you see every time you load up the main page of the site. For example if you’re obsessed with tennis and golf, then you’ll find everything you need right there on the front page – live games, times for upcoming matches, and full replays of games that have been played. It’s incredibly easy to use and really encourages browsing and discovery. Multiple user profiles are supported so everyone in the household can customise Kayo and see the sports they care about, front and centre.

Split View Feature

Kayo’s not stopping at just streaming sports to you, though. A deeper evaluation of Kayo reveals they’ve built some very useful functions into the platform, including a split view feature that allows you to watch up to four streams at the same time on the one screen – this is going to be phenomenal for those days when you’d otherwise be flipping back and forth to check progress in the sports you’re following. Split View works especially well on Apple TV 4 devices, which have the processing power to seamlessly run four high definition streams at the same time and swap between them smoothly.

Key Moments

There’s also a “Key Moments” feature with certain sports that lets you jump straight to the good bits when watching a stream of a past event. If you’re watching a replay of a cricket match, for example, you’ll see little timeline icons showing you where each wicket fell – just click on them to go straight to the moment where it happened. Key Moments are available while a game is still in progress, too. The Key Moments feature will be expanding in the future, with some very welcome sport-specific enhancements (“Goal Moments,” anyone?)

Interactive Statistics

With Kayo’s unique Interactive Stats you can gain even greater appreciation of the game being played, with real-time updates from a dedicated team of statisticians letting you take a deep dive into all the moving parts of the game. If you’re into an analysis of the facts and figures behind the scores, you’re gonna love it. The interactive stats feature is soon to be enhanced with even more crucial stats and smart graphics – and likely the ability to look up historical data as well!

Kayo Minis – Compact Replays

For sports fans who don’t want to fall behind in what’s happening across their favourite codes, a thorough examination of Kayo Minis reveal that they are an incredibly useful innovation. After an event has finished, Kayo’s team of editing and stats wizards get to work, producing a version of the game that you can watch in minutes, rather than hours. Kayo Minis are put together so that you still get a feel for the rhythm and pace of the game. You see the moments that mattered – all the highlights are there. Imagine being able to watch your AFL team’s game and then, as an encore, watch condensed “mini” versions of the day’s other games so you get the big picture of exactly what happened in that round.

RaceView

Motorsports fans are in for a treat with Kayo’s unique RaceView feature – letting you get up close and personal with the cars and drivers or take in a birds-eye view of the big race picture. Best of all, RaceView is designed to work in tandem with Kayo’s unique Split Screen feature, so you can have the main race video in one window and up to three extra camera views in other windows on the same TV screen. It’s almost like being the director of your own sports broadcast.

RaceView is enabled on Kayo for the three big ones – the Formula One World Championship, MotoGP World Championship and the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. With each event you’ll be able to watch views from in car with the driver (Co-Pilot View), above the track (Heli-View) or even on board the lightning-fast MotoGP bikes. There’s also the Race Centre view which brings all the up-to-the-moment stats and leaderboard info together. You can’t do this stuff on regular TV – and that’s what makes Kayo even more essential for motorsport fans.

No Spoilers Option

And to make sure that you won’t have the game ruined if you’re coming in late and watching it hours after it’s happened, Kayo has a unique “No Spoilers” mode (turned on by default) that actively blocks any reporting of final scores on the site while you’re using it (note that to use the Key Moments feature you’ll need to turn off the No Spoilers feature, for reasons that should be obvious!).

Search

One of the more recently launched features, Kayo’s Search feature allows the user to type in the sport, event or league they are looking for and head straight to the content with the click of a button. This means less time trawling through the huge range of sport Kayo offers to find what you’re looking for, and more time enjoying the action.

Upcoming features on Kayo coming soon

Kayo’s quite unique in that it’s a platform that’s been built from the ground up with one purpose in mind – delivering streaming sport to true sports fans as seamlessly as possible, and enhancing the experience with the kinds of features you just can’t get with a TV broadcast. At launch, Kayo incorporated dozens of features big and small, all working together to create a unique sports viewing experience. And the development team at Kayo’s just getting started.

Alongside newly developed apps for in-demand platforms like smart TVs and game consoles, the clever people at Kayo have been coming up with even more enhancements to your viewing experience. You’ll see those appear in the app in the coming months – and there’s a lot to look forward to! A sampling of some upcoming features includes:

  • Expanded casting support including multiple screens
  • Autoplay support
  • Dynamic Kayo Minis – choose 10, 15, 20 minute versions
  • Key Moments enhancements

What Devices work with Kayo?

Kayo is currently available on these devices, with more to come, including native apps for smart TVs as well as PlayStation and Xbox game consoles.

How To Watch Kayo on TV

Kayo offers a range of native streaming apps which make for an even better experience. Initially, these apps were only available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. But now Android TV and Samsung smart TVs are supported with native apps as well, so those of you with devices based on the Android TV 7.0 platform (such as the Nvidia Shield as well as most recent Sony televisions) or more recent Samsung models will be able to sit back and enjoy Kayo from the couch.

The iOS app, meanwhile, comes with a native app for the 4th and 5th generation Apple TV boxes (those are the two currently sold by Apple – the old 3rd-generation Apple TV won’t be supported since it can’t run apps).

And Telstra TV owners aren’t being left out – there’s an app available for that popular box as well, with the ability to sign up for Kayo directly on the device and have it charged to your Telstra bill. Convenient! The app even works on the original first-generation Telstra TV, but with slightly reduced picture quality (720p) due to that box’s relatively low processing power. Split View also cannot be used on Telstra TV devices

Kayo – The Pros and Cons

The Good

  • Vast range of sports, available live and on demand
  • Superb high definition picture quality
  • Great interactive features unique to Kayo
  • Low monthly cost for what you get

The Gotchas

  • Best picture & features requires newer devices
  • On demand streaming not available for some sports due to licensing

Kayo Summary: It’s a Knockout!

While we’ve seen attempts at sport streaming services before, they’ve always been very limited – like the narrow focus and availability of Optus Sport, or the deliberately low picture quality of the official AFL Live Pass and NRL digital streaming platforms. Kayo rewrites the rulebook when it comes to sports streaming and make no mistake, this is the game-changer.

With an incredibly low monthly price point, Kayo sits right in the “very affordable” range, substantially cheaper than Foxtel while providing access to literally all the live sports that Foxtel offers, (ESPN, beIN, Fox Sports) and in full high definition. Picture quality is superb, streaming is rock-solid and the added features work really well with the content while never distracting from it. The native device apps provide the missing link in terms of convenience, but it’s already a great experience even in a web browser, and with the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial you can test the service and cancel at anytime.

The final analysis is simple: Kayo is a must-have for any sports fan.

What people are asking about Kayo Sports

  • Who Owns 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 part of the Foxtel group of companies, which is how Kayo gets access to all the content from Fox Sports.


  • How Much Does Kayo Cost?

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, and any Telstra customer who’s used the free AFL or NRL app access in the past can do even better, with 12 months of Kayo Basic for only $5 per month.


  • How Much Data Does Kayo Use?

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.


  • What Sports are on Kayo?

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.


  • Does Kayo Work Overseas?

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.


  • Can You Get Kayo on PS4 and PS5?

With a user base of nearly 3 million Australians, PlayStation 4 and its successor the PlayStation 5 are  hugely popular devices not just for games, but also for streaming video. Kayo is well aware of that, and has been working on PS4 and PS5 apps for Kayo which are expected to be released soon.


  • How Do You Get Kayo on Apple TV?

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.


  • How Many Devices Can I Use with Kayo?

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.


  • How Do You Get Kayo on a Samsung TV?

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.


  • Does Kayo Have the Main Event Channel?

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.


  • Can You Record Kayo?

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.


  • Can You Get Kayo on Fetch TV or Xbox One?

Not at this stage; there have been plans mentioned to bring Kayo to Xbox One, with the company’s current roadmap looking at a release during 2021. For Fetch TV it’s unlikely there’ll ever be a Kayo app.


  • Can You Get Kayo on a LG Smart TV?

There’s no Kayo app for LG smart TVs just yet, though it’s possible there will be in the future. In the meantime, the best option for LG owners would be a dedicated streaming device that supports Kayo, such as the Telstra TV, the Apple TV 4 or Google’s Chromecast.


  • Does Kayo Have a TV Guide?

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.


  • How Can I Get Kayo Sports for Free?

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.


  • How Do I Cancel Kayo?

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.


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