Kayo Sports Review
How good is Kayo Sports when it comes to streaming sports?
For decades sports fans have had 3 options when it comes to watching live sport: expensive Foxtel plans, whatever limited free-to-air sports were available and more recently, pirating the streams.
If you went Foxtel, you were forced to buy entertainment packages for shows that you probably didn’t even want to watch in the first place. While on free-to-air, die-hard sports fans are lost with only a limited number of matches of sports and surrounding content.
And while we’ve seen the rise of individual sport passes like the NBA’s League Pass which can be quite expensive, there has been no real “Netflix for sport” in Australia until now. This is where Kayo enters the fray, with its all you can eat sports offerings.
From just $25 a month, Kayo offers all the sports Foxtel currently has the rights to as well as sports documentaries, talk shows and news. You’ll find everything from NRL, AFL and Cricket to NBA, UFC and Formula 1 on Kayo.
Kayo’s app is really slick, significantly better than its parent company’s Foxtel Now service, and that combined with its extensive sports catalogue makes it our pick for the best sports streaming service in Australia.
Who owns Kayo?
Kayo Sports is owned by a private Australian company Streamotion. Not a whole lot is known about Streamotion except that it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Foxtel Management Pty Ltd.
According to the Australian Business Register, Streamotion was known as Artist Services Pty Ltd until August 2018 (not long before Kayo’s launch) and still trades under the name The Comedy Channel. The Comedy Channel is a Foxtel property and Artist Services Pty Ltd seems to have had a hand in Aussie TV classics like Full Frontal, The Micallef Program and Seachange.
Long story short: Foxtel owns Kayo Sports.
Whether or not we’ll see any more spin-off services from Foxtel’s Streamotion is yet to be seen but there have been whispers of a new drama streaming service since 2018.
Who is Kayo for?
This really depends on your sport, although it’s great for most sports fans. But for an edge case example, if all you care about is English Premier League football, then you won’t have any luck here as Optus has all the rights to that. Likewise, if you’re an absolute diehard NBA fan and don’t go for a big market team, Kayo only has the rights to about half the season’s games, and most of them are for the likes of the Lakers, Celtics, Warriors and 76ers.
If you’re a sucker for video quality, you might also want to stick with old Foxtel for now too, as there’s no 4K on Kayo. On Foxtel’s 4K channel, it’s broadcasting cricket, Formula 1 and a bunch of other sports at ultra high definition.
Outside of those couple of edge cases though, Kayo is a great option for most sports fans. It has every game of the biggest Australian sports, and if you’re a fan of more than one of them, on certain devices such as the Apple TV, you can split screen the stream and watch up to 3 sports at the same time.
How much does Kayo cost?
Kayo Sports comes in two plans – $25 and $35 a month. Both of these come with the exact same content and streaming quality, with the big difference in how many screens you can watch with the one account at once. We’ve pulled them out side by side below to compare which is best for you.
|Basic Plan – $25 a month||Premium Plan – $35 month|
|Watch on up to 2 screens at the same time||Watch on up to 3 screens at the same time|
How does that stack up?
Below is a brief overview of our streaming service round-up. See how Kayo’s prices stack up against typical streaming subscriptions below.
Which Sports are on Kayo?
Kayo is effectively Foxtel’s sports content across all its brands in a standalone subscription service. This means you have both ESPN channels, as well as all Fox Sports channels, including Fox Footy.
All of these channels can be watched live, but Kayo takes it one step further over Foxtel by allowing you to rewatch old games that you might have missed, as well as sporting documentaries such as ESPN’s 30 for 30.
Sports you can watch live on Kayo include:
- NBA (basketball)
- Formula 1
- NBL (basketball)
- Rugby Union
- NFL (American football)
- A-League (soccer)
- Spanish La Liga (Selected games)
- Australian Socceroo matches
- + More
What’s Kayo like to use?
Kayo’s apps are actually really intuitive to use, and probably up there with the best in terms of functionality for Australian streaming apps depending on what device you’re on.
What’s great here is that it’s built from the ground up by a team from Fox Sports and not the Foxtel Now team, with all new tech behind Kayo not shared with the Foxtel Now app – meaning this has been seriously optimised for sports.
Once you jump into the main mobile app, you can customise your favourite sports, teams and leagues so that they can always be presented first when you open the app without needing to search for it. This also helps plan future streaming with a ribbon showing you when your favourite sports are streaming next.
After that, it’s just like using most streaming apps – tap a show or livestream and it’ll open and play. Kayo seems to have some good local caching points, so you’re usually always able to open a show or stream without any issue. On mobile, it supports Chromecast, so it’s just one more tap away to watch the big game on your TV.
The best feature of Kayo though is its ability to watch more than one sport at once on the same device – so you can split screen the NRL while watching your Supercars qualifying session. It’s easy to do, and allows you to pick up to 3 different sports at the same time.
Unfortunately you can’t Chromecast a multiview, however, Kayo has an Apple TV app which allows you to watch more than one stream at once. You can also do this if you’re watching in your web browser, but that can be hard to see if your computer screen is a bit small.
How much data does Kayo use?
Kayo uses pretty much the same amount of data as any of your other streaming services such as Netflix and Stan. This means you’ll see about 2.5GB of data per hour if you’re watching at 720p, or around 3.25GB per hour if you’re watching at 1080p.
Remember if you’re multi-streaming you’ll need to multiply those numbers per the amount of streams you have going at once. The more you stream, the more data you’ll use.
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