Streaming Sport in Australia

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Last updated August 3rd, 2020

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, Foxtel Now and OVOPlay.

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

Live sport is back with a bang, with all major tournaments and events getting back to a new type of normality post coronavirus. NRL and AFL paved the way for the rest of the world to follow, but these two codes are not the only reason Australian sports fans should be excited.

Formula 1 is also up and running again, with Lewis Hamilton looking to equal Michael Schumacher’s all time record of seven World Championship titles. But the likes of Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen are hot on his heels and also eager to rule supreme. Aussie Daniel Ricciardo will also be out to impress in his final season at Renault before moving to McClaren next year.

Soccer fans also have plenty reasons to be cheerful with Kayo. Not only is the A-League set to return in July, but major European leagues like Serie and La Liga are at pivotal points in the season. The FA Cup semi-finals are also coming up in England, featuring four Premier League big boys including Manchester United and Manchester City

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 Sports

Basic
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
$25/mth
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.

Premium
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
$35/mth
$0 for two-week free trial, $35 for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.

Last audited 29 July 2020

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

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

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
Min Cost - $104 over 1 month

Last audited 28 July 2020

Telstra’s streaming apps

One of the major benefits of being a Telstra customer is the free access you get to their ever-growing list of sports streaming apps. These apps give you the ability to stream live or on-demand a variety of sports, as well as access all the latest in sports news. Each app is valued differently, with the most expensive being the AFL, NRL and My Football Live App’s – anyone can access these free of charge, but to watch the games each of these require the purchase of a subscription. If you’re a Telstra customer, however, you can watch all the live action without paying a cent.

What sports can you watch?

Telstra Mobile currently has five apps which allow you to stream live and on-demand sport. These are the AFL app, the AFLW app, the NRL app, the Netball Live App, and the My Football Live App. The first three allow you to stream live the entire seasons of those respective codes, while the Netball Live Pass lets you stream every Suncorp Super Netball game, Fast 5 World Series and Constellation Cup. Finally, the My Football Live Pass gives you access to stream every A-League game, as well as select FFA Cup games and international Matildas match-ups. 

How can you watch it?

Live streaming through the Telstra apps isn’t available on the widest range of devices, being limited to compatible iOS and Android devices. Your screen size will also be limited to 7”.

Offers

Being a Telstra Mobile customer is the best way to take advantage of these apps. The telco allows customers currently on a mobile or pre-paid services as well as those with $30+ recharge credit to access the streaming portion of the apps free of charge – not bad value when you consider that the annual passes add up to over $300 worth of streaming.

Picture quality

The live 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.

Telstra streaming app

Foxtel from Telstra

Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus, sports & movies HD channels
  • Foxtel On Demand: access to tv shows & movies
$70/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $355. (incl. $100 professional install + $35 connection fee + $150 iQ4 box). $99/mth after 12 mths.

Platinum Plus
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus, sports, movies, drama & docos channels
$99/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $384. (incl. $100 professional install + $35 connection fee + $150 iQ4 box). $139/mth after 12 mths.

Foxtel Plus + Sports HD
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus & sports channels
  • Foxtel On Demand: access to tv shows & movies
$50/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $335. (incl. $100 professional install + $35 connection fee + $150 iQ4 box). $74/mth after 12 mths.

Last audited 29 July 2020

Foxtel

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 Go App

Foxtel

Premium Bundle
  • iQ4 box & install fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Foxtel Plus, Movies HD & Kids
  • 50+ sports on 12 live HD channels
$84/mth
Min Cost - $1008 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

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

Last audited 28 July 2020

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.

OVOPlay

OVO is a relatively new mobile service with a noticeable point of difference – their streaming service, known as OVOPlay. OVOPlay is available free of charge for anybody with a compatible device, but if you’re signed up with OVO you’ll be able to stream to your heart’s content without using one iota of data.

What sports can you watch?

OVOPlay’s focus has broadened as it’s grown, but the focal point throughout has remained on the lesser known sports from both Australia and around the world. If you’re a fan of badminton, water polo, athletics or running, you’re likely often frustrated with the lack of coverage your favourite sports receive, but OVOPlay looks to change that.

How can you watch it?

The best way to watch OVOPlay is to download the app, which is available for iOS and Android devices from the App Store. If you’d rather use a web browser, simply head to OVO.com.au/Play to start streaming.

Picture quality

If you’re not registered with OVOPlay, you’ll only be able to get Standard Definition streaming. It’s simple and free, however, to register, and once you do you’ll be able to stream everything in High Definition.

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, OVO 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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