Streaming Sport in Australia

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Streaming Sport in Australia

Last updated April 14th, 2021

Sport is an essential part of life for many Australians. For most of us, we consider having the ability to watch what we want, when we want it, to be more of a right than a luxury. Fortunately, there’s plenty of options available which enable us to do just that, from Australia’s newest sports streaming service Kayo, to Fetch TV and Foxtel Now.

How many choices you have at your disposal will obviously depend on the sport you want to stream to mobile or watch online. But in general, you’ll be able to find the action from most major sporting codes around the world on a number of different platforms.

Stream The Best Live Sports

There has never been a better time to watch live sports than right now. From cricket and rugby to soccer and league, the biggest names in the sports are either kicking off a new season or bring their existing one to an exciting close.

As well as the BBL and international games involving England and New Zealand, Aussie cricket fans can also watch the enthralling test series between Australia and India. If that wasn’t enough there will also be a Trans-Tasman T20I series between men in gold and green and their Kiwi counterparts in February.

Best Sports to Watch in March

There are some mouthwatering clashes across Australia’s most popular sports this month. From cricket and football to UFC and NFL, here is just a taster of what to expect.

NRL

NRL is the most popular rugby league competition in the world and the 24th edition promises to be one of the most exciting yet. It’s all set to run for eight months, from the opening game in March to the Grand final in October. Read more.

AFL

The 2021 AFL Premiership will get underway from March 18th. It’s certainly shaping up to be another enthralling season, with several sides building squads capable of reaching the Grand Final come September. Read more.

Formula 1

The 2021 Formula One season celebrates its 72nd birthday this year and in doing so has produced the biggest race calendar ever seen in the sport. 23 Grand Prix will take place from the opening Bahrain GP in March to the season finale in Abu Dhabi in December. Read more.

NBA

Lebron is creating history for the Lakers, Curry is back for the Warriors and Harden has gone off to team up with Durrant at the Nets. This year’s NBA season could easily be one of the most spectacular we have ever seen. Read more.

Supercars

The next round of races in the 2021 Repco Supercars Series are set to take place in Launceston during the Tasmania Supersprint. Can anyone stop Shane Van Gisbergen? Read more.

Sports to Stream Live This Week

SportEventDate / Time Watch Onmm/dd/yy
IPLHyderbad v Bangalore14/04/2021 23:55Kayo,Foxtel04/14/2021 23:55
AFLSt Kilda vs Richmond15/04/2021 19:20Kayo,Foxtel04/15/2021 19:20
NRLBroncos vs Panthers15/04/2021 19:50Kayo,Foxtel04/15/2021 19:50
IPLRajasthan v Delhi15/04/2021 23:55Kayo,Foxtel04/15/2021 23:55
NRLKnights vs Sharks16/04/2021 18:00Kayo,Foxtel04/16/2021 18:00
MotoGPPortugal GP Practice16/04/2021 18:00Kayo,Foxtel04/16/2021 18:00
Formula 1Imola GP Practice16/04/2021 19:00Kayo,Foxtel04/16/2021 19:00
AFLWest Coast Eagles vs Collingwood16/04/2021 20:10Kayo,Foxtel04/16/2021 20:10
IPLPunjab v Chennai16/04/2021 23:55Kayo,Foxtel04/16/2021 23:55
SupercarsTasmania SuperSprint Day 117/04/2021 09:20Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 09:20
NRLSea Eagles vs Titans17/04/2021 15:00Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 15:00
AFLSydney Swans vs GWS Giants17/04/2021 16:35Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 16:35
AFLWestern Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns17/04/2021 16:35Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 16:35
NRLRabbitohs vs Tigers17/04/2021 17:30Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 17:30
MotoGPPortugal GP Qualifying17/04/2021 18:00Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 18:00
AFLBrisbane Lions vs Essendon17/04/2021 19:25Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 19:25
AFLCarlton vs Port Adelaide17/04/2021 19:25Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 19:25
NRLRaiders vs Eels17/04/2021 19:35Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 19:35
Formula 1Imola GP Qualifying17/04/2021 23:00Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 23:00
IPLMumbai v Hyderabad17/04/2021 23:55Kayo,Foxtel04/17/2021 23:55
SupercarsTasmania SuperSprint Day 218/04/2021 10:45Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 10:45
AFLAdelaide Crows vs Fremantle18/04/2021 13:35Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 13:35
NRLDragons vs Warriors18/04/2021 14:00Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 14:00
AFLHawthorn vs Melbourne18/04/2021 15:20Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 15:20
NRLCowboys vs Bulldogs18/04/2021 16:05Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 16:05
AFLGeelong Cats vs North Melbourne18/04/2021 16:40Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 16:40
MotoGPPortugal GP Race18/04/2021 23:00Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 23:00
Formula 1Imola GP Race18/04/2021 23:00Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 23:00
IPLDelhi v Punjab18/04/2021 23:55Kayo,Foxtel04/18/2021 23:55
Formula 1Imola GP Race (Replay)19/04/2021 17:30Kayo,Foxtel04/19/2021 17:30
MotoGPPortugal GP Race (Replay)19/04/2021 17:30Kayo,Foxtel04/19/2021 17:30
Formula 1Imola GP Race (Replay)19/04/2021 19:30Kayo,Foxtel04/19/2021 19:30
IPLChennai v Rajasthan19/04/2021 23:55Kayo,Foxtel04/19/2021 23:35
IPLKolkata v Mumbai20/04/2021 23:55Kayo,Foxtel04/20/2021 23:55

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

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Comparison of Australian Streaming Services

Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports is the newest way to stream sports in Australia, and offers a key point of difference to many of its competitors – you pay for sports, and nothing else. Offering every sport available on Foxtel – which amounts to over 50 different codes – you can access Kayo Sports for as little as $25/month.

What sports can you watch?

Sports and leagues available on the platform include AFL, Rugby League and Union, NBA and NBL, NFL, cricket, golf, tennis, motorsports including every Formula One Grand Prix live plus much more. The Basic Package, at $25/month, allows you to watch sports on two screens simultaneously, or you can pay $35/month for three screens.

How can you watch it?

Kayo Sports launched a little earlier than planned, and as a result was initially only available on PC and Mac, via Chromecast Ultra, on Apple TV devices and on mobile web browsers. More apps have now been made available, which are accessible for anyone with an iOS or Android mobile and tablet, as well as on Telstra TV, Samsung smart TVs, and TVs using the Android TV operating system (such as recent Sony models).

Offers

Currently, Kayo Sports is offering a 14-day free trial for new users to give you a chance to try out their services before paying a cent. Simply sign up for one of their two packages – either the Basic or the Premium – and you’ll have a two week period in which to use the service before being charged.

Picture quality

Everything streamed on Kayo Sports is available in High Definition. Simply ensure you have the bandwidth to support it, and you’ll be watching premium sport from around the world in crisp and clean quality.

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

Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now offers all the same benefits that come with Foxtel, but without the need for installation and equipment. The service lets you tune in to everything that’s available on the regular Foxtel platform, but instead of watching via cable or a satellite dish, you stream all the content you can dream of online.

From a sporting perspective, this means that with the right package you can get access to all the high-quality sport available on Foxtel – from AFL, NRL and the summer of cricket to the biggest codes from the USA like the NBA, NFL and MLB – and stream it directly to a wide range of compatible devices. All you need is an internet connection and you’re ready to go.

Foxtel Now

Plan
Inclusions
Price
All Packs
  • 10 day free trial
  • All Packs
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Premium dramas from the UK & US. Live and On Demand
  • 25+ channels of Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Reality, News & Entertainment
  • $104/mth
$104/mth
Min Cost - $104 over 1 month

Essentials + Sports pack
  • 10 day free trial
  • Essentials + Sports pack
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream AFL and NRL on Fox Sports
  • + Formula 1, NBA, Baseball, V8 Supercars & much more
  • $54/mth
$54/mth
Min Cost - $54 over 1 month

Last audited 09 April 2021

Telstra’s streaming apps

For years, one of the benefits of being a Telstra customer has been access to their collection of sport-specific streaming apps. These apps, available free to Telstra customers, offer live stats, highlights, replays, news and more – the perfect companions for match day, with the added bonus of live- streamed games.

Unfortunately, Telstra’s deal to stream both AFL and NRL games inside their respective apps finished at the end of 2020, and while those apps still offer all their other features – including streaming match replays – for live streaming of those two codes, you’ll want to head to Kayo.

Special Kayo Offer for Telstra Live Pass Users

While losing live streaming from the AFL and NRL apps might seem like a negative, the reality is that Kayo Sports offers a far better streaming experience than the apps ever did. Instead of being restricted to a tiny 7-inch screen like the Live Pass apps did, Kayo lets you stream every game in full high definition on your phone, tablet or TV, with clever features like Key Moments and Split View enhancing the action.

For anyone who had taken advantage of the Telstra Live Pass for the AFL and NRL apps before the end of 2020, there’s a very special offer – a whole year of Kayo for only $5 per month, a saving of $20 a month ($240 across the year) on the regular price. It’s an absolute bargain that’s only available for a limited time – and it gets you access to all of Kayo’s 50+ sports, not just AFL and NRL!

To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to sign up to Kayo via your Telstra account, where the offer will automatically appear if you qualify for it. Be sure to take advantage of this offer before it goes away – Kayo’s never been offered at this price before, and it’ll lock in a brilliant streaming experience for the entire 2021 season.

Telstra streaming app

What About the Other Apps?

Telstra’s collection of five dedicated sport apps – for AFL, NRL, AFLW, Netball and Football – are all still available for free as part of your Telstra service, with the main change being the removal of live streaming from the AFL and NRL apps (though they’re still handy companions to have around while you stream the game on Kayo.) However, the other three still offer free live, data-free streams of every game, so if you’re a fan of those codes then you’re still good to go (though you’ll find them in much better quality on Kayo!) The Netball app lets you stream every Suncorp Super Netball game, while in the My Football app you can stream every A-League game and select Westfield W-League games.

Accessing the Apps

Being a Telstra Mobile customer is the best way to take advantage of these apps. The telco allows customers currently on a post-paid mobile plan as well as prepaid users with $30+ recharge credit to access the streaming portion of the apps free of charge – not bad value. The addition of the $5/month Kayo offer – and the ongoing $15/month discounted subscription for all customers – makes Telstra a great choice for Aussie sport fans.

Picture quality

The remaining live-streaming apps are designed to provide as high quality a picture as your bandwidth can handle. Generally, if you have a fast connection you should be able to get something resembling HD.

Last audited 09 April 2021

Foxtel

Foxtel Go App

Foxtel offers all the same sports that are available on Kayo Sports, but with the addition of premium TV shows and movies as well. The cheapest way to access all that Foxtel has to offer is through Foxtel from Telstra, which essentially offers the same service but for a much lower price. With Foxtel from Telstra, you can get the Sports HD + Foxtel Plus Package for significantly less than with Foxtel for your first 12 months.

Included in every Foxtel subscription is the ability to access Foxtel Go. The Foxtel Go service provides you with access to all the same channels that you can watch through regular Foxtel, but on a much wider range of devices – and all of this for no extra cost.

What sports can you watch?

With Foxtel, you’ll be able to stream sports from all the Fox Sports channels, as well as ESPN, beIN Sports and more. From local sports like AFL, NRL and NBL to international cricket, Super Rugby, motor sports, NBA, and the best in European football, sports fans of all type are catered for with Foxtel.

How can you watch it?

The relatively recent invention of the Foxtel Go App means it’s now easier than ever to stream sport live while on the go. The app is available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and can also be downloaded to Windows and Mac.

The Foxtel Go app is available to all Foxtel subscribers free of charge as an automatic addition to your subscription. All you need to do is download the app, and you can start streaming all the content your Foxtel package has to offer.

Offers

Foxtel regularly offers up great deals, and on top of that, you’ll have no lock-in contracts or iQ4 equipment costs.

Picture quality

Most of Foxtel’s sports channels, including every Fox Sports channel, as well as ESPN, Fox Cricket and Fox League, are available in High Definition. Sports HD subscribers also get access to Australia’s only 4K Ultra HD sports channel.

Foxtel

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Premium Bundle
  • $20/mth off on a 12 mth plan! Ends 20/4
  • iQ4 box & install fees waived
  • Premium Bundle
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Foxtel Plus, Movies HD, Sports HD & Kids
  • 50+ sports on 12 live HD channels
  • $79/mth
$79/mth
Min Cost - $948 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Sports HD Bundle
  • iQ4 box & install fees waived
  • Sports HD Bundle
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Foxtel Plus & Sports HD
  • 50+ sports on 12 live HD channels
  • $59/mth
$59/mth
Min Cost - $708 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Sport + Drama + Netflix
  • Save $19/mth. Offer ends 20/04/2021
  • No set-up costs
  • Sport + Drama + Netflix
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Enjoy 50+ channels of Entertainment, Drama, Lifestyle, Docos, Reality & more
  • With over 50 sports live across 12 dedicated 24/7 sport channels
  • $69/mth
$69/mth
Min Cost - $828 on direct debit over 12 months

Last audited 09 April 2021

Optus Sport

Optus is one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the country, so it’s no surprise that they’ve opted to make the plunge into the world of sports streaming. You can get access to all the sport on offer through the Optus Sport App for a low monthly cost, which is well and truly worth it for lovers of the world game.

What sports can you watch?

Though Optus Sport doesn’t offer the widest range of codes, it does have one feature which is enough on its own to bring plenty of customers through the door – live rights to the EPL. With a dedicated 24/7 football channel, which includes every Premier League and UEFA Champions League match live, Optus Sport is heaven for football fanatics.

How can you watch it?

The Optus Sport app is available through all major streaming platforms. You can watch it on iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Fetch TV, or you can stream straight from the Optus website to your PC and Laptop, and use Chromecast to watch on your big screen TV.

Offers

Optus Sport offers a subscription to anyone who wants it for $14.99 per month, billed through their apps on iOS or Android. If you’re an Optus customer with an eligible plan, though, you’ll be able to get a full subscription for free.

Picture quality

Optus Sport has been the subject of some criticism regarding the quality of picture they provide, but if you have the bandwidth to support it you should generally be able to get a video which resembles something close to High Definition.

Foxtel Now from Telstra

Foxtel Now box

Foxtel Now offers another way to stream Foxtel’s sport channels, and is purchased separately to the regular Foxtel service. With Foxtel Now from Telstra, you’ll have access to all the same channels as you would with Foxtel from Telstra, but with better navigation and an improved search.

What sports can you watch?

Foxtel Now will give you access to all the premium sport from around the globe that is synonymous with Foxtel’s regular offering. You’ll be able to watch all six Fox Sports channels, Fox Cricket and Fox League, as well as the numerous channels provided by ESPN Australia and BeIN Sport.

How can I watch it?

Foxtel Now is compatible with your mobile or tablet, PC and Mac, Chromecast, Telstra TV, Playstation 4, recent LG and Samsung smart TVs and the Foxtel Now streaming box.

Offers

Getting Foxtel Now through Telstra gives you access to one full month’s free access to every channel pack. After that first month you’ll need to add on the sports pack on top of the base Essentials pack.

Picture quality

Depending on the device you use and the strength of your connection, with Foxtel Now you can stream live and on-demand sport in crisp High Definition.

Foxtel Now from Telstra

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Pop & Lifestyle Essentials Pack - Foxtel Now from Telstra
  • New customers: 1 month free
  • Pop & Lifestyle Essentials Pack - Foxtel Now from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • The latest TV shows on Telstra TV
  • Includes Pop & Lifestyle shows
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
Min Cost - Min Cost - $25/mth after 1st month

Last audited 09 April 2021

How Much Data Do You Need for Streaming Sport?

There’s no getting around the fact that streaming sport uses up a lot of data. Exactly how much depends on the platform you’re using, but as a point of reference, the latest estimates made by the NBN suggest that Foxtel Now, Foxtel’s streaming service, uses 1.4GB per hour for streaming SD content and 3.2GB for streaming HD content. Ultra HD will generally use around three times the data of HD. Essentially, what this means is that if you want to stream a reasonable amount of sport, you’ll either need a huge data allowance, or ideally, unlimited data.

How Fast a Connection Do You Need for Streaming Sport?

How much speed you need depends on a number of factors, perhaps most notably how many people are going to be using the connection at the same time. The NBN 12 (Basic) speed tier, for example, is comparable to the speeds you’d get on ADSL2+, and if you live by yourself should be enough to stream sports in high definition. Add another couple of users into the equation, however, and you’ll likely be seeing a big dip in picture quality.

NBN 25 is the next step up, and will enable you to stream in all qualities – including Ultra HD. Once again, however, if there are another couple of people in the house streaming their own favourite TV shows and sport, your picture quality will probably diminish.

NBN 50 is the happy medium, offering great speeds for generally affordable prices. At this speed, you’ll be able to stream sports in HD and Ultra HD, and even if there are a couple of others using the internet, you shouldn’t suffer any significant disruption to your viewing.

For those of you who want no doubts about their ability to stream in HD or Ultra HD, who have a lot of people in the house, and who don’t mind paying a lot of money for a premium service, the NBN 100 might be the best option. Even during peak hours this speed will be enough to keep you and numerous others streaming to your heart’s content, though you will pay for it.

Mobile Plans with Data-Free Sports Streaming

There are a number of mobile plans which incorporate data-free sports streaming on certain platforms, making it easy to catch your favourite sports without worrying about exceeding your data limit. Each of Optus Mobile and Telstra Mobile give you access to their respective sports streaming services when you sign up with them, giving them a great point of difference over the competition.

Streaming Sport When Overseas as an Aussie

Due to rights agreements, most providers won’t allow you to use their streaming services when you’re outside of Australia. The easiest way to stream your favourite sports from overseas is to find sport-specific passes such as the Watch AFL Pass, which enables you to catch every minute of every game from abroad. You can purchase either a weekly, monthly, or annual subscription to this service. The same thing is offered for NRL fans with the Watch NRL service, while the Cricket Australia website lets you live stream a number of international matches played in Australia from numerous countries around the globe.

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