Best sport streaming services in Australia: From Kayo to OK
The rise of entertainment streaming in the wake of the gargantuan popularity of Netflix led to a lot of hope for cord-cutting sports lovers. Surely, with the sign-up-to-watch mentality of streaming services, sport would get streaming services in Australia.
Fast-forward to more recent times and the good news is there are sport streaming services out there, but choices aren’t particularly widespread if you’re a fan of more than one sport.
Sport streaming services compared
Here’s a breakdown of how the main sports services in Australia look side by side.
|Monthly cost||Sports/Leagues||Trial||Streams||Max streaming quality|
|Kayo Sports||$25 (Basic)|
|34||14 days||2 (Basic)|
|Foxtel Now||$54||34||10 days||2||1080p|
|Bein Sports Connect||$19.99|
|Stan Sport||$20 (Basic)|
|14||30 days||1 (Basic)|
Best sport streaming service: Kayo Sports
As noted in our Kayo Sports review, this is more a default win than anything else. Kayo Sports is the best streaming service for live and on-demand sports because it’s the only one that offers more than one sport. In fairness, for what it does offer, it’s reasonably priced at $25 a month for Basic (two simultaneous streams) and $35 a month for premium (three simultaneous streams), particularly in comparison to some of the other options below.
While there are some user-interface hiccups when using Kayo Sports, once you wrap your head around its quirks, it’s relatively easy to use and a great place for live sport, full replays, and shorter mini-match packages. The overall potential value has been impacted somewhat by rugby union shifting to Stan Sport and certain soccer leagues now on Optus Sport, but that’s not enough to stop Kayo Sports from offering an impressive array of sports viewing options.
Here are the 34 sports options on Kayo Sports:
- American Football
- Extreme Sport
- Field Hockey
- Football (Soccer)
- Formula One
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Super League Triathlon
- Table Tennis
What about Foxtel Now?
The only reason you’d consider getting Foxtel Now over Kayo Sports is because you want the versatility to watch more than just sport. While Kayo Sports Basic costs $25 a month, the minimum buy-in cost for Foxtel Now is $25… and that doesn’t include any sporting channels. Instead, that $25 will score you the Essentials base package, then you pay $29 extra a month to add the Sports pack, meaning it’s a $54-per-month fee outside of limited promotional pricing deals.
That’s all well and good if you can get the $25 of value out of the Essentials package, but if you’re in it for just the sport, Kayo Sports is the way to go. Foxtel Now also lets you pay to add extra channels like Movies and Drama Extra, but it can cost as much as $104 a month if you add everything.
Next best sport streaming service: Sports Flick
If you thought “who?” when reading the heading, you’re not alone. Full disclosure: we discovered Sports Flick while researching this article and immediately signed up to take it for a spin (keep an eye out for our review). For an upstart startup sport streaming service, Sports Flick is great for niche interests and a potential usurper, too.
At the time of writing, the reliable word on the street was that Sports Flick had put in a bid for the UEFA Champions League that would see the service snatching the rights for this particular soccer league from Optus Sport. That’s a huge win if it plays out that way, but Sports Flick already has other sports that warrant a look, and it’s the quantity that wins here (quantity of sports, not just single-sport leagues). Still, the streaming quality is all over the place and the presentation of available content needs work on the user-friendliness front.
Here are the different sports you can find on Sports Flick (more accurately, the ones we could find; the user interface is bad in comparison to other competing services):
- Future Wrestling Australia
- Serbian Rugby League Cup
- UEFA Women’s Champions League
- Liga Primera
- Select ICC matches
- Austrian Bundesliga
- UAE Pro League
- The Wednesday League
- Oxford City FC
- Australian Baseball League
Cost is a little trickier. You can spend $16.49 a month or $109.99 a year, but there’s also a range of items that’s pay-per-view, some of which are select matches from the categories above, which makes the pricing feel confusing and convoluted.
Optional sport streaming service: Bein Sports Connect
Bein Sports Connect is particularly optional for those already subscribed to Kayo or Foxtel because the Bein channels are included with both of those. It’s also available as part of a $19.99 Bein Sports Pack on Fetch TV. That’s also the same cost you’ll pay for a monthly subscription to Bein Sports Connect, or you can opt for an annual fee of $179.99 (roughly $14.99 a month). There’s also a 14-day free trial if you want to try before you buy.
Quality isn’t the best and maxes out at 720p, but there are great quality-of-life features, including three live channels with ongoing content, picture-in-picture viewing, as well as a mix of minis, match highlights and catch-up TV (though these latter three expire).
Here’s the sports and leagues you’ll find on Bein Sports Connect, spit across football (soccer), tennis and rugby union:
- Serie A
- Ligue 1
- EFL Championship
- Conmebol Libertadores
- ATP Tour
- WTA Tour
- David Cup
- Champions Cup
- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Six Nations
What about Fetch TV?
Including Fetch TV is more complicated in this list because it’s technically closer to a traditional Foxtel experience in that you need a streaming box, even though it streams content online and not via an HFC cable. If you are interested in sport on Fetch TV, you’ll have to spend $169 on a Fetch Mini or $449 on a Fetch Mighty, and you can pay extra for additional Fetch TV boxes in other rooms (up to three total).
From there, it’ll cost $6 a month to nab the Vibe channel pack, which includes ESPN and ESPN2, both of which are available on a Kayo or Foxtel Now subscription. Additionally, you can add the Bein Sports Back for $19.99 a month, but that can also be bought separately at the same price as part of Bein Sports Connect (or as part of a Kayo/Foxtel Now subscription).
Alternatively, below is a list of daily updating popular NBN plans that come with a Fetch TV add-on.
Best single-sport streaming service: Stan Sport
Initially, you might think it should be a tie between Stan Sport and Optus Sport given, at the time of writing, both sport streaming services offered a single sport. For Optus Sport, that’s soccer and for Stan Sport it’s rugby union. But Stan Sport is poised to add more in 2021, with Wimbledon coverage locked in and a keen expression-of-interest in securing A-League rights.
The main reason to sign up now, though, is for rugby union and, more specifically, Super Rugby. It’ll cost you $10 a month on top of a Stan subscription – making it closer to Foxtel Now than Kayo Sports or Optus Sport – which effectively means it’s a minimum cost of $20 a month to watch rugby. While the streaming quality isn’t the best, there is a great mix of live matches, highlights and minis, as well as full match replays and classic matches to justify the price of admission. And if Stan Sport can secure more sport – most critically summer sports – it’ll help justify the ongoing cost when rugby union is out of season.
Here are the different sports (two) and leagues you’ll find on Stan Sport:
- Wallabies and Wallaroos Tests played in Australia
- Wallabies Rugby Championship Tests played internationally
- Super Rugby AU
- Super Rugby Aotearoa
- Super W
- Shute Shield
- Hospital Challenge Cup
- Currie Cup
- Japan Top League
- New Zealand Provincial Competition
- New Zealand Inbound Tests (played in New Zealand)
- South Africa Inbound Tests (played in South Africa)
- Argentina Inbound Tests (played in Argentina)
- 2021 Wimbledon Championships
Next best single-sport streaming service: Optus Sport
Unlike most other sport streaming services, Optus Sport
is one that you may already unwittingly have access to. That’s because if you’re an Optus customer with an eligible plan, you can use Optus Sport without the typical $14.99 a month.
Even if the streaming quality is comparable, the user experience is a smidge better on Optus Sport compared to Stan Sport, and the 2020 inclusion of OS Fitness for home workouts adds value outside of the soccer obsession.
Here are the six soccer leagues you’ll find on Optus Sport:
- English Premier League
- UEFA Europa League
- FA Women’s Super League
- UEFA Euro 2020 (postponed to June 2021)
Below is a daily updating list of the most popular Optus SIM Only plans that come with Optus Sport.
Optional single-sport streaming service: Prime Video
Yes, you read that correctly. Prime Video is now in the sport streaming race in Australia, except its interests are arguably the most niche with the live streaming of the Australian Swimming championship, which at this stage includes the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials as well as the qualifying events for the 2022 FINA World Swimming Championships.
There’s no extra cost on top of the $59 annual fee for Amazon Prime Video (or $6.99 a month), so while it’s not a reason to sign up to Prime Video if you’re not particularly into swimming, there are a wealth of other Amazon benefits that are well worth a look.
Other single-sport streaming services
There are a number of other sport streaming services that cater to specific interests, which are listed below:
- DAZN (boxing) for $2.99 per month
- NBA League Pass (American basketball) for $39.99 per month or $114.99 per year (League Pass)
- NBL TV (Australian basketball) for $5 per month
- My Football Live Pass (soccer) for $6.99 per month
- Netball Live Pass for $1.99 per week, $3.99 per month or $7.49 per quarter
- UFC Fight Pass (MMA fighting) for $10.99 per month or $104.99 per year
What about the other sport streaming services?
There are other sport streaming services we haven’t listed, but that’s either because they’re incredibly niche or they’ve been superseded. Hotstar, for instance, was once a popular cricket streaming service accessible in Australia, but it was bought by Disney in 2019 and folded into Disney Plus India. Similarly, NRL Live Pass was given the boot in 2021 in favour of encouraging fans to sign up to Kayo Sports instead. As of the 2021 season, the AFL Live Pass has also been retired.
There are other sport streaming services like Hulu, FuboTV and ESPN+, but these are all geoblocked in Australia. It is possible to bypass geoblocks with the right virtual private network (VPN) service, but you also run the risk of violating the terms and conditions of the user agreement of these types of services, and you’ll be paying in US dollars.