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The best sports streaming services in Australia

The best and the rest of sport streaming services in Australia.

Best sport streaming service
Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports
Starts at
$25
/mth
Key sports
Test Cricket, AFL, NRL, NFL, NBA
Quality
1080p
Free trial
7-day free trial
Baseball and Football
Apple TV+
Apple TV Plus
Starts at
$12.99
/mth
Key sports
Major League Soccer (MLS) and Friday Night Baseball
Quality
4K
Free trial
7-day free trial
Best free sport streaming
7Plus
7plus
Stream for
Free
Key sports
AFL/AFLW, Surfing, Golf, V8 Supercars
Quality
1080p
Free trial
Free digitial catch-up service
Best sports add-on
Stan Sport logo
Stan Sport
Starts at
$27
/mth
Key sports
Rugby, UEFA, Australian Open (Tennis), T20 Black Clash
Quality
4K
Free trial
7-day free trial
Best bundled service
Paramount+
Paramount Plus
Starts at
$9.99
/mth
Key sports
A-League Football, A-League Womens, Socceroos and Matildas matches
Quality
1080p
Free trial
7-day free trial
Nathan Lawrence
Mar 14, 2023
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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.

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1. Kayo Sports

Best sports streaming service in Australia
Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports
The bottom line: Kayo Sports is a subscription service that offers live and on-demand streams for over 40 different sports, leagues and codes. Starting at $25 per month, it's currently the best catch-all sports streaming service in Australia.
Number of sports
40+
Max stream quality
1080p
Max streams
2 (Basic)
Starts at
$25
/mth

If you want to watch a range of live sports at home, you’re basically obligated to go with Kayo Sports. It’s cheaper than a traditional Foxtel subscription and Foxtel Now, plus it has access to dozens of sports. And that includes plenty of popular options, too: cricket, AFL, NRL, netball and WWE to name a few. While the resolution caps out at around 1080p, you can pay for up to three simultaneous streams, which means there doesn’t have to be fights over which live sports to watch at home. Plus, Kayo Sports has neat features like ‘no spoilers’ mode if you’re coming to a game late. There’s also the option to split your screen into up to four sports streams, if you want a sports bar-like view of basically everything that’s live at any one time.

For a quantity of sports streaming, consider either Stan Sport or DAZN, though they both have single-figure sports options.

What about Foxtel Now?

The only reason you’d consider getting Foxtel Now over Kayo Sports is that you want the versatility to watch more than just sport. While Kayo Sports One costs $25 per 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.

2. 7plus

Best free sports streaming in Australia
Sports on 7Plus - Best free sports streaming service
7plus
7Plus
Digital catch-up service 7Plus is the best free streaming service for sports in Australia./
Number of sports
10+
Max stream quality
1080p
Max streams
Unlimited
Digital catch-up
Free

Watching live sports on free-to-air tele is a mess these days. 10Play has some Aussie soccer, as does SBS On Demand, and there’s a smattering of live sport on 9Now. But 7plus is the best place for a decent selection of free-to-air sports. Here’s where you’ll find some (but not all) matches for AFL and Aussie cricket matches, plus motorsport. To help pad out the options, there’s also surfing, horse racing and equestrian, athletics, extreme sports and even esports. Additionally, there are dedicated live channels if you don’t care which sports you watch. 7plus is far from perfect, but it competes on live sports quantity and occasionally quantity, depending on your sporting tastes.

Alternatively, consider the more limited free-to-air sports selections on 10Play, 9Now and SBS On Demand.

3. Stan Sport

Best sports streaming add-on
Stan Sport
Stan Sport logo
Stan Sport
Stan subscribers can access Stan Sport as a paid add-on to their regular subscription.
Number of sports
7
Max stream quality
4K
Max streams
4 (Premium)
Stan + Stan Sport starts at
$27
/mth

When Stan Sport first rolled out, it was easy to make jokes that the “Sport” part of its title was well earned. Why? There was only one sport. Fast-forward to more recent times, and Stan Sport has grown beyond just rugby union. The rugby is still there but it’s paired with options for football (soccer), motorsport and tennis. There are less-populated sporting options, too, and we’re hoping the Stan add-on keeps growing. The best bit is Stan Sport has gone from low-res streams to offering up to 4K live streams for selected sports. Plus, it does a great job of offering multiple replay lengths for popular matches.

The only other sports add-on worth considering in Australia is the Sport Pack for Foxtel Now.

For a quantity of sports streaming, consider either Stan Sport or DAZN, though they both have single-figure sports options.

4. Paramount+

Best included sports stream
Soccer/Football on Paramount+
Paramount+
Paramount Plus
Here in Australia, Paramount Plus has the exclusive rights to A-League football and subscribers won't pay anything more to access it.
Number of sports
1 (A-League Football)
Max stream quality
1080p
Max streams
2
Costs
$9.99
/mth

Whenever a new entertainment streaming service is announced for Australia, it doesn’t tend to have a lot of content at launch. That was true of Apple TV Plus and there was a similar feeling for Paramount Plus. Still, Paramount Plus grabs an edge because it’s basically the home of Australian soccer. Here’s where you’ll find live matches for the Socceroos and Matildas, alongside A-League football and the FA Cup. It’s not so great if you want more than just soccer, but considering the comparatively reasonable pricing for Paramount Plus, it’s a nice bonus for those subscribing for entertainment content. Similarly, for Aussie soccer fans, there’s a decent monthly price for up to two simultaneous streams.

For a lot of other soccer options, check in with Kayo Sports. Alternatively, for (very) occasional sports, Prime Video still has the best bundled value.

5. DAZN

Best alternative-sports streaming
DAZN
DAZN
DAZN is a niche sports streaming service that packs a punch, delivering high-impact sports like Boxing, Wrestling and extreme sports.
Number of sports
5
Max stream quality
1080p
Max streams
2
Costs
$13.99
/mth

DAZN may have started in a few European countries, but it’s now expanded to more than 200 countries, including Australia. Unlike the defunct Sports Flick, it’s proven to have some staying power, too, with a couple of years of experience under its belt. A lot of that probably has to do with the range of sports on offer in DAZN. At its foundation, DAZN is all about boxing, including live bouts. It’s expanded, though, to include the Professional Fighters League and Impact Wrestling, plus the UEFA Women’s Championship League. While a lot of that is dependent on respective live times, integrated Red Bull TV means there’s an always-playing selection of extreme sports and esports.

For alternatives, consider BeIN Sports, which is also part of a Kayo Sports subscription.

For a lot of other soccer options, check in with Kayo Sports. Alternatively, for (very) occasional sports, Prime Video still has the best bundled value.

Sport streaming services compared

Here’s a breakdown of how the main sports services in Australia look side by side.
Service
Monthly cost
Sports and quality
Streams
View plans
From $25/mth
to $35/mth for Basic
  • 40+ sports
  • 4K streaming
  • 7-day free trial
  • Up to 2 devices (Basic)
    From $12.99/mth
    also included with Apple One (from $24.95/mth)
  • 1 sport (Major League Soccer)
  • 4K streaming
  • 7-day free trial
  • 6 devices with Family Sharing
    Free
    Digital catch-up service
  • 10+ sports
  • 1080p streaming
  • Unlimited
    From $27/mth
    to $36/mth for Premium
  • 7 sports
  • 4K streaming
  • 7-day free trial
  • Up to 4 devices (Premium)
    From $9.99/mth
    or $89.99/yr
  • 1 sport (A-League Football)
  • 1080p streaming
  • 7-day free trial
  • 2 devices
    From $13.99/mth
  • 5 sports
  • 1080p streaming
  • No free trial
  • 2 devices

    What to look for in a sports streaming service

    The right sports streaming service for you is the one that has the sport or sports you want to watch. Ideally, that’d all be in one place, but it’s not as easy as that these days. If you’re a fan of a variety of sports, start comparisons with Kayo Sports. Certain sports streaming services offer different subscription tiers that offer more streams (and better quality, like with Stan Sport). This is important if you want to stream different or the same live sports on multiple screens under the same account. Most services offer 1080p streaming, but some like 7play can be as low as 720p. Alternatively, you can pay more for the most expensive Stan Sport tier to access up to 4K live sports. For sports streaming services you don’t watch all-year round, remember you can typically cancel your subscription and easily resubscribe whenever your favourite sports are in season.

    Our methodology

    How we choose the best sports streaming services

    Our first step was to determine all of the sports streaming services in Australia, across premium and free options. When evaluating price and overall value, we started with a Foxtel Now subscription, which includes a base entertainment package and sports as an add-on.

    Streaming services were then appraised in terms of the quantity and quality of sports on offer, making note of when certain sports categories felt more like filler than truly valuable inclusions. Fidelity is important, even if 1080p is standard these days, and so too is the number of simultaneous streams.

    The next step was actually using the sports streaming services. We have extensive experience with the main sports streaming services, and for the smaller/newer contenders, we researched their features as well as user feedback.

    Sport streaming FAQs

    Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about streaming sports in Australia.
    Kayo Sports is the best place to stream live sports. It’s noticeably cheaper than Foxtel Now, plus it offers more than 40 sports and up to three simultaneous streams.
    Kayo Sports, Stan Sport and DAZN are good places to start for watching live sports in Australia. Alternatively, there are single-sport services like Paramount Plus and Optus Sport.
    If you want to cut the Foxtel cable, start sports-streaming comparisons with Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Both offer the sports of Foxtel without needing a set-top box.
    Nathan Lawrence
    Written by
    Nathan Lawrence
    Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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