Main Event Review - Australia's premier Pay-Per-View service

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Review was updated on 23rd August, 2020

For over two decades, Main Event has been broadcasting some of the biggest sporting events and live concerts from around the globe directly into Australian living rooms. Here we review the best ways to watch Main Event on your home TV, PC or mobile device.

Main Event Review

Launched in 1997, Main Event is the only pay-per-view channel in Australia. Essentially, what this means is that rather than pay for the channel in its entirety, you’re able to simply pay for one-off shows, primarily from the combat sports such as International Boxing, UFC and WWE.

Previously, Main Event was exclusively available to Foxtel customers, meaning that you needed a Fox box (iQ3, iQ4) and a long time term contract. However, that is all set to change with Main Event now available to Kayo customers, meaning you can pay for Main Event content without the need for a 12-month commitment.

In this Review

What Makes Main Event Unique?

Virtually all of the biggest events from the WWE, UFC, as well as local and international boxing can be found on Main Event. Some of the biggest fights in history over the past 20-years have appeared on the channel. Perhaps the most notable of which was the boxing bout between Anthony Mundine and Danny Green in 2006 – an event that broke all pay-per-view records in Australia.

Other historic Main Event features include Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao in 2015, the “Battle of Brisbane” between Australian Jeff Horn and Pacquiao two years later, and more recently, the highly anticipated clash between Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu. The channel also broadcasts various music concerts live and direct, from the likes of Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, and Dutch violinist Andre Rieu.

Main Event offers both live programming and replays of the same events in the hours and days that follow. Subscribers are able to record the featured broadcast if they can’t watch it live, after which it is available for 72 hours in total and 24 hours after the time they press select to view. Each event is also ad-free, meaning you can enjoy events as if you were actually there.

Watch Main Event on Kayo

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 the upcoming all-Aussie boxing clash between Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu as well as other special one-off events.

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What Sports are on Main Event?

Main Event only broadcasts those global blockbuster, must-see events that cause a stir around the world. To give you an idea of what to expect, we have listed both previous and upcoming content available on the channel below.

  • McGregor v Mayweather
  • Hell In A Cell
  • Whittaker v Romero
  • Tszyu v Horn
  • Wrestlemania
  • Fury v Wilder

How much do Main Event cost?

Each event broadcast on the Main Event channel is priced individually, so there is no set cost for every broadcast. WWE shows are generally the cheapest options, costing between $20-$30. UFC and boxing shows tend to be more expensive, costing between $50-$60.

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Main Event on Optus

Optus partners with Foxtel to provide Optus TV Featuring Foxtel, meaning you’ll go through a similar process to access this service. By bundling the Foxtel service with other Optus services, you’ll receive free installation, meaning you’ll pay just $100 for the set-top box along with the monthly cost of whichever package you choose — again, the cheapest is the entertainment pack, which will cost $29/month. It’s also worth noting that Optus TV Featuring Foxtel is only available to residents of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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Main Event Pros and Cons

The Good

  • The only pay-per-view channel in Australia
  • Only pay for the sporting events you want to watch
  • Can now be accessed through Kayo Sports



The Gotchas

  • Requires an active Foxtel or Optus subscription
  • Added cost on top of your Foxtel/Optus subscription (If you can’t access Kayo)

Main Event Summary: Perfect For Fight Fans

There is no doubt that the combat game is Main Event’s real strength. Most of the UFC and International Boxing fights on the channel are hugely anticipated shows that send the sports world into a frenzy. Some of the biggest ‘where were you when…’ moments have been broadcast live, including the incredible fights between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, as well as Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather.

The fact that Main Event is now available through Kayo removes a huge barrier for real sports fans and makes these big events even more accessible to Australians. It’s an exciting time for combat sports with some mouthwatering fights coming up, and it’s literally never been easier to watch them.

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