Kayo Sports Review


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 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.

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What is Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports is the ultimate sports streaming platform for Australian sports fans. Kayo offers a wide catalogue from AFL to NRL, Cricket, Tennis or even horse racing and Formula 1. Stream all of this plus more through compatible phones, TVs and computers and find out how with this Kayo Sports review.

The on demand platform has a range of groundbreaking features and competitive price points. As a bonus, Kayo offers a 14 day free trial to all new customers which can be cancelled any time.

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

What can I watch on Kayo Sports?

Kayo has an incredible variety of domestic and international content. You can stream TV featuring your favourite athletes in almost any sport; say goodbye to free to air. Stream any live sports streaming broadcast on Fox Sports, ESPN of Australia and BeIN or replay later in 1080p resolution. 

Check out which major sports streaming right now on Kayo Sports that you can watch instantly with their 14 Day Free trial.

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 HD. If you’re looking for a specific event or league, search the table below and discover what sports are on the Kayo streaming service.

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SportEventStream Start/Dropmm/dd/yy
Sports Wednesday24/11/2021 00:0011/24/2021 00:00
NBAKnicks vs Lakers24/11/2021 11:3011/24/2021 11:30
NBATrail Blazers vs Nuggets24/11/2021 14:0011/24/2021 14:00
Sports Thursday25/11/2021 00:0011/25/2021 00:00
NBACeltics vs Nets25/11/2021 11:4511/25/2021 11:45
NBAWarriors vs 76ers25/11/2021 14:0011/25/2021 14:00
PGA GolfBlue Canyon Championship Round 125/11/2021 17:0011/25/2021 17:00
Sports Friday26/11/2021 00:0111/26/2021 00:01
PGA GolfBlue Canyon Championship Round 226/11/2021 17:0011/26/2021 17:00
NFLNew Orleans Saints vs Buffalo Bills26/11/2021 12:0011/26/2021 12:00
Sports Saturday27/11/2021 00:0111/27/2021 00:01
NBABucks vs Nuggets27/11/2021 13:0011/27/2021 13:00
PGA GolfBlue Canyon Championship Round 327/11/2021 16:0011/27/2021 16:00
Sports Sunday28/11/2021 00:0111/28/2021 00:01
Serie AJuventus v Atalanta28/11/2021 03:5011/28/2021 03:50
BundesligaBayern v Bielefeld28/11/2021 04:2811/28/2021 04:28
NBA76ers vs Trailer Blazers28/11/2021 11:0011/28/2021 11:00
NBABrooklyn Nets v Phoenix Suns28/11/2021 11:1511/28/2021 11:15
NBAWizards v Mavericks28/11/2021 12:3011/28/2021 12:30
PGA GolfBlue Canyon Championship Final Round28/11/2021 16:0011/28/2021 16:00
Sports Monday29/11/2021 00:0011/29/2021 00:00
NFLBaltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns29/11/2021 00:1511/29/2021 00:15
NFLNew England Patriots v Tennessee Titans29/11/2021 05:0011/29/2021 05:00
NFLRSM Classic Final RoundGreen Bay Packers v Los Angeles Rams11/29/2021 08:25

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

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 in the world air on the fighting channel that was previously exclusive to Foxtel customers. You can get access to live UFC, WWE and regular high profile live boxing clashes as well as other special one-off events.

Tim Tszyu vs Takeshi Inoue

Only one man now stands in the way of Tim Tszyu getting his long-awaited shot at a Super Welterweight world title. The son of boxing legend Kostya will face Japanese fighter Takeshi Inoue in Sydney, with the winner expected to face a World Champion in early 2022.

Tszyu has brushed aside every opponent he has faced so far, and with Inoue only losing once in his career, this one looks like being a top-quality contest. You can watch Tszyu vs Inoue from 7.00pm, November 17th on Main Event. The PPV will cost $59.95 and you can watch the action live and ad-free via Kayo.

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Watch Main Event PPVs with Kayo Sports. From boxing to WWE and UFC, it’s all here. Catch the action from the biggest sports around the world LIVE!

How much do Kayo plans cost?

The price points for Kayo streaming service starts at $25 per month for the basic plan (which allows simultaneous streams on up to two screens at one time) and finish at $35 per month for the premium plan (which lets you have three simultaneous streams at once). Both tiers give access to Kayo’s library and constant new content. From January 2021, Kayo now has a free tier called Kayo Freebies which offers a very limited range of sports review content for sports fans.

Whether you sign up for basic or premium, your first 14 days of Kayo are free thanks to their free trial offer. but with two reasonable monthly prices and a large variety of sport, there aren’t many reasons to cancel.

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
  • starts at $20/ days
starts at $20/ days
cost per event, duration depends
Min Cost - Boxing and UFC from $50 per event

Basic
  • Free 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
  • Free 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
$35 after 14 days free trial; for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.

Last audited 25th of November 2021

Kayo from Telstra

Getting access to Kayo Sports is even easier for Telstra customers. The sports streaming service can now be added directly to your Telstra bill, keeping credit card payments all in one place. New and existing Telstra customers adding Kayo Sports from Telstra to their bill will still have the opportunity to make use of the two-week free trial. Eligible Telstra Postpaid mobile customers can even get a $10 monthly discount on either a basic or premium plan for the first 12 months.

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

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 20th of September 2021

Kayo Sports features

Upon signing up to Kayo, you will be guided to choose your favourite sports (AFL, NRL, F1 and much more) to tailor the platform to you. You will be asked about your favourite teams and able to configure any alerts based on their activity. This easy setup ensures maximum suitability for your entertainment. This feature is available across multiple user profiles to avoid compromise between viewers.

SplitView Feature

A deeper evaluation of Kayo reveals that they have 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. SplitView 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

The Key Moments feature works with both live and past events. The function bookmarks lets users navigate to notable highlights. If you’re watching a replay of a cricket match, for example, you’ll see little timeline icons showing you where each wicket fell. The Key Moments feature will be expanding even further in the future, hopefully by including a wider range of sports.

Interactive Statistics

Kayo’s Interactive Stats offer real-time statistics updates without having to leave your stream. While this feature is only offered for a limited amount of sports, the in-depth analysis is hard to beat. Interactive Stats is also being enhanced with even more crucial stats and smart graphics, hopefully with the inclusion of historical figures as well. 

Kayo Minis – Compact Replays

After an event has finished, Kayo editors get to work producing an abridged version of the game that can be watched 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. Compact Replays are a useful tool to catch up on a round of matches without dedicating an entire weekend to the sport.

RaceView

RaceView is only available on the Formula One World Championship, MotoGP World Championship and the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Motorsports fans can use the feature to enhance their experience by cycling multiple camera angles (Co-Pilot, Heli-View and Onboard Cameras). Best used in tandem with Kayo’s unique SplitView mechanic, you can be right there in the passenger seat or even in a bird’s eye perspective. There is also the Race Centre view which displays realtime stats and leaderboard info together

No Spoilers Option

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. To use the Key Moments feature you’ll need to turn off the No Spoilers feature.

Search

The search feature is very straightforward and easy to use. It allows the user to type in a sport, event or league and be taken right to it. This means less time trawling to find what you’re looking for, and more time enjoying the action.

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How to watch Kayo Sports

Kayo is currently available on these devices, with more to come, including native apps for smart TVs and full casting support. PlayStation 4 and 5 have also been added as compatible devices recently, while developments are also being made to bring the service to Xbox consoles.

Watch Kayo on TV

Kayo offers a range of native streaming apps which make for a great experience. Initially, these apps were only available for iOS and Android devices, but have since migrated to compatible Android and Samsung TVs. The native iOS, Android and TV app is simple, sleek and offers what free to air sports viewing cannot.

Casting can be used in place of native apps for older home devices or TVs. If you have a Chromecast Ultra or the latest 3rd generation Chromecast, you can cast streams and replays to your big-screen TV in 1080p HD.

The iOS app, meanwhile, comes with a native app for the 4th and 5th generation Apple TV boxes. For 3rd generations and below, Apple’s Airplay feature can be used to mirror your phone’s screen.

Telstra TV users can also access the native app which offers the ability to have the subscription charged to your Telstra bill. The app also works on the first-generation Telstra TV, though not as seamlessly as its successor.

Watch Kayo on your computer

You can watch Kayo in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge on compatible devices. The site is easy to navigate with a search function and a user-friendly tile layout. The platform will guide you to use features such as SplitView and adjustable speed upon viewing.

Watch Kayo on the go

Kayo is available on both iOS and Android phones and tablets via native app. The app offers eye-catching dynamic displays and an easily customisable home screen. The tiled interface is simple and can be broken up into four main hubs: Home, Fixtures, Shows and Sports.

Kayo verdict

Having read this Kayo Sports review, it’s evident that Kayo Sports has both its advantages and elements they’re working on. Kayo Sports has its competitors but they have proven to be very limited – like the narrow focus and availability of Optus Sport, or the 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 asserts itself as a game changer.

With an incredibly reasonable monthly price point, Kayo sits right in the “very affordable” range, substantially cheaper than Foxtel while still providing access to 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 well to complement the content rather than distract from it. Kayo takes sports to the next level by bringing the features that free to air viewing lacks. The native device apps provide ultimate convenience while still offering a great experience in web browser. With the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial you can test the service and see for yourself. If you don’t like it, you can cancel at any time.

The final analysis for this Kayo Sports review is simple: Kayo is a total knockout. Worth trialling a Kayo subscription, or even getting the Kayo freebies to see for yourself.

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.


  • 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 that’s why Kayo is now supported on both PS4 and PS5.


  • 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.


  • What are the alternatives to Kayo Sports?

Kayo Sports is the most extensive sports-only streaming service in Australia. However, Foxtel has the same Fox Sports programming available as add-ons to other Foxtel subscriptions, or as part of the Foxtel HD bundle. All the Foxtel options are significantly more expensive than what Kayo has to offer.

Another player in the market is Stan Sport, which offers a more limited selection of sports including rugby union, French Open and Wimbledon tennis, and European championship football. This service is available as a $10 add-on for the Stan streaming app.


  • What’s the best way to get Kayo Sports

Getting a Kayo Sports subscription is super easy. Visit the Kayo Sports website and click the free trial button on the home page. Then select the package you want to try out and follow the steps required to register an account and submit your credit card details.


  • What video quality does Kayo Sports stream in?

Kay Sports streams in HD (high definition) video, which requires a connection of at least 7.5 Mbps. At lower bandwidth Kayo will stream at SD (standard definition) video. Currently, Foxtel is the only sports streaming Fox Sports content in 4k resolution video.


  • How is the Kayo Sports app different?

Kayo Sports may not be the first sports streaming service to make an appearance in Australia, but it is the first to customise its service around the sports viewing experience. The user interface draws on advances made by Netflix, customising the flow of programming according to your viewing history and preferences. Many of the app’s features are designed specifically with sports viewers in mind, such as the SplitView streaming option, ability to disable spoilers and integrated stats.


  • Kayo sign up: What you need to subscribe

To sign up for Kayo Sports you need three things:

  1. a valid email address
  2. a password
  3. a credit card or other valid payment method.

If you have all the above, you can head over to Kayo and sign up for a 14-day free trial immediately.


  • Kayo login: How to access your account

Once you have signed up for a free trial you can load the Kayo app or visit the Kayo website and submit your username and password to access Kayo’s content. If you hit your subscription limit for simultaneous streams you will be blocked from viewing live streams on additional devices and may encounter issues logging in to your account.


  • What TVs are Compatible with Kayo?

If you’re the owner of a Samsung smart TV made in 2017 or later, then Kayo is ready to go – just head for the Samsung app store and download the latest version of the Kayo app and you’ll be up and running in no time. HiSense smart TVs made from 2019 onwards also directly support Kayo – the app should be pre-installed in the app carousel, but if not, head into the TV’s settings and check for a firmware update. Sony Bravia TVs that run the Android TV system – most models released in 2016 and later – are ready for Kayo too; just head to the Google Play app store to download the app and get started. Split View is only available on newer (2019) Bravia models. This Android TV app can also be used on other brands of TV that use Android TV 7.0 or later, including selected models by Panasonic.


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