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Stan Sport review: More than just rugby

For better or for worse, Stan Sport is the only place to watch big-ticket rugby union.

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Stan Sport
3.3 out of 5 stars
3.25
Main sports
Rugby union, tennis, soccer
Max streaming quality
4K (at 15Mbps)
Max simultaneous streams
4
Nathan Lawrence
Feb 20, 2023
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Our verdict on Stan Sport
Stan Sport has come a long way since its single-sport launch. Nowadays, there are a handful of sports options and, mercifully, the streaming quality has been improved. You can even stream certain matches in up to 4K quality. Still, you need to pay a steep asking price for 4K streaming and, unlike Kayo, there isn’t always something to watch live.
pro
Pros
pro Good selection of sports
pro Multiple types of replays
pro Up to 4K live streams
con
Cons
con Foxtel-like pricing structure
con Unjustified cricket tab
con Phoned-in non-sports recommendations
Graphic for Stan Sport playing Rugby on a smart TV

It wasn’t so long ago that a starry-eyed telco sought to stand up to the sporting exclusivity of Foxtel by pinching local cricket and netting a whole lot of big-ticket international soccer. While good intentioned, Optus Sport had a rocky launch and, these days, is only essential for soccer diehards.

Meanwhile, Kayo is Foxtel’s answer to those who want to cut cables and not be reliant on a Foxtel box or the less-than-stellar Foxtel Now. And while Optus didn’t kick it out of the park with what amounted to single-sport dominance with Optus Sport, that hasn’t stopped entertainment streaming service Stan from lining up a sideline penalty kick from over halfway and having a punt at scoring subs from rugby union fans.


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Stan Sport plans and pricing

Does Stan Sport offer good value for money?

At the time of writing, it costs $54 a month to have a wealth of sports content via Foxtel Now. Kayo Sports is the cheaper alternative, with the same content albeit with prices at $25 for Kayo One (one HD stream) and $35 for Kayo Basic (two 4K streams).

While Stan Sport's pricing is clearly built to compete with Kayo, it’s sad to see Stan Sport mirror the Foxtel approach of forcing punters to pay for a Stan subscription before being able to pay for a Stan Sport add-on. That’s not so bad if you already have a Stan subscription, then you’re only weighing up the $15 Stan Sport add-on fee. If not, it costs $27 for Stan Sport via Basic (one SD stream), $31 for Stan Sport via Standard (three HD streams), and $36 for Stan Sport via Premium (four 4K streams).

It's also worth flagging that Stan Sport has gone up from $10 to $15 in the last couple of years.

How does Stan Sport compare?

Below is how Stan Sport compares to other sports streaming services in Australia.
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
    Info Box
    What is Stan Sport?
    Stan Sport is a sports-focused add-on for a Stan Basic, Stan Standard or Stan Premium subscription. The Stan Sport add-on includes tennis, football (soccer), rugby, motorsport, combat and cycling content.

    Which sports are on Stan Sport?

    An eclectic mix of different sports for different tastes.

    At launch, Stan Sport only offered rugby union, which it had then recently swiped from Foxtel. Nowadays, Stan Sport has the following sport options:

    • Tennis (Australian Open, United Cup, Wimbledon and others.)
    • Soccer (UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League and Super Cup)
    • Rugby union (Six Nations, Super Rugby Pacific, World Cup and others)
    • Motorsport (SpeedSeries, IndyCar, WRC and others)
    • Professional Fighters League
    • UCI cycling

    Stan Sport also lists cricket in its dedicated drop-down menu, but the content isn’t there to justify its inclusion. At the time of writing, there was a single Team Cricket vs Team Rugby match replay, two cricket documentaries, and that was it. Whichever sport you choose, the sections are padded with ‘Enjoy more entertainment on Stan’ sections with a tenuous range of options which are, apparently, enjoyed by fans of that sport (with a healthy smattering of crossover in recommended content).

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    What devices is Stan Sport available on?

    If it runs Stan, it works with Stan Sport.

    Stan Sport works on any device that supports Stan, which makes sense given Stan Sport is a navigation tab nestled between ‘Kids’ content and ‘My List’. 

    Here’s a list of smart TVs that can be used to watch Stan Sport:
    • Samsung TVs (2013–2020 models)
    • LG TVs (2013–2022 models)
    • Sony TVs (selected 2014–2020 models)
    • Hisense TVs (selected 2015–2020 models)
    • Panasonic TVs (selected 2017–2019 models)
    • TCL TVs (2016–2019 smart TV models)
    • Philips Android TVs (2016–2017 models)
    • Kogan SmarterTV (all models)
    • Toshiba TVs (all Toshiba Android TVs)
    • FFalcon TVs (all models)
    • Eko (all Eko Android models)
    And here’s a list of compatible gaming consoles, streaming devices and set-top boxes:
    • PlayStation consoles (PS3, PS4, PS5)
    • Xbox consoles (Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S)
    • Apple TV
    • Android TV
    • Chromecast
    • Fetch TV
    • Telstra TV
    • Amazon Fire TV
    Finally, Stan Sport is also available for streaming on these mobile devices and web browsers:
    • iOS phones or tablets (iOS 11.0 and above)
    • Android phones or tablets (Amndroid 5.0 and above)
    • Google Chrome (107+ on Windows 7 and later or MacOS 10.01 and later)
    • Microsoft Edge (v107+ on Windows 10 and later)
    • Firefox (version 88+ on Windows 7 and later or MacOS 10.12 and later)
    • Safari (10+ on MacOS 10.10 and later)

    What’s Stan Sport like to use?

    Easy to use with great fidelity and replay features.

    Stan Sport isn’t a separate service, which means you can use your usual Stan login details to access it via your Stan account. There’s a very obvious full-caps “SPORT” tab at the top of the Stan home screen, which you select to get to all of the sports content. Alternatively, hover over ‘SPORT’ and select the code you’re most interested in.

    The Stan Sport interface is easy to learn because it has a logical layout. Featured content is in a carousel up the top, with a choice of different sports codes below (where relevant). Below that is a list of live and upcoming sports, followed by a breakdown of extras and replays. I particularly enjoy that Stan Sport replays for popular content tend to offer a full match replay, a shorter 20-minute replay and then a mini replay of about 10 minutes.

    Less popular sports content tends to be relegated to full match replays. Still, whether it’s a live stream or replay, content loads incredibly fast, and Stan plays nice with most virtual private network (VPN) services, meaning it’s great for expats or keeping up with sport while travelling. Start with Windscribe VPN, ExpressVPN and PureVPN if you’re interested in streaming Kayo with a VPN.

    I appreciate getting into a game faster, particularly if I’ve missed kick-off.

    Stream quality is determined by both content and your subscription tier, but it reaches up to 4K, which is a great point of difference. That said, I did find myself lamenting the absence of Kayo features, like ‘No Spoilers!’ and the option to stream multiple sports in a split-screen view. Outside of the addition of extra sports, the biggest improvement to Stan Sport in the past couple of years is a fidelity boost.

    In the past, an alleged HD stream had average quality, making it hard to spot player jersey numbers even on a 4K TV that was upscaling the stream via Nvidia Shield TV Pro. Nowadays, that isn’t an issue. The only time I’ve seen a Stan Sport stream suffer is when it first starts, as Stan is a little too eager to play content before first buffering to a decent fidelity. That’s a minor quibble, though, and I appreciate getting into a game faster, particularly if I’ve missed kick-off.

    How much data does Stan Sport use?

    From 570MB to 7GB per hour, depending on quality.

    All Stan content, including Stan Sport, lets you change the quality of the stream by using the settings cog during playback. Select from Auto, Ultra (4K), High (HD), Med (SD) or Low (SD) options. Not every Stan Sport stream is available in 4K but you can expect the ones that are to use around 7GB per hour.

    The table below outlines the bandwidth requirements and data usage for Stan Sport:

    Video quality
    Bandwidth
    Data usage (per hour)
    Low (SD)2Mbps570MB
    Medium (SD)3Mbps1.13GB
    High (HD)4.5–6.5Mbps2.03–2.89GB
    4K (UHD)15Mbps7GB

    Sports-loving streamers should opt for a mobile plan with at least 40GB of data to stream Stan Sport on the go. Below are some popular mobile plan picks from our database.

    For home streamers, we recommend streaming with at least an NBN 50 plan to ensure there’s enough bandwidth to stream Stan Sport on multiple screens at up to 4K resolution. Here are some popular NBN 50 plans from our comparison engine.

    Is Stan Sport worth paying for?

    Decent value if you like the sports on offer.
    Stan Sport

    The value of Stan Sport is ultimately determined by two things: whether you already have a Stan subscription and whether you’re into enough of the sports on offer to justify the cost. Kayo has dozens of sports, so there’s always something to watch. Stan Sport doesn’t have that luxury. Admittedly, if you are into the growing range of sports content, though, Stan Sport is worth considering.

    How we review sports streaming services

    Reviewing a sports streaming service starts with the price. Foxtel used to be the only way to watch sports, so costs are taken in relation to how much it costs to get sports via Foxtel Now. The more sports a service offers, the better the overall value, but we do factor in the quality of the sporting codes available.

    The next step is to check out features like how many simultaneous streams are available and the quality of those streams. We much prefer 1080p streaming as a minimum, but bonus points if 4K streaming is available.

    We then spend time streaming the sports, taking note of any features like multi-view videos or user-interface detractors that get in the way of sports.


    Stan Sport FAQs

    No, it costs extra to access Stan Sport with an existing Stan subscription. While there’s a 30-day free trial for Stan, there’s only a seven-day trial for the Stan Sport add-on.
    Initially, Stan Sport was relegated to rugby union content. Nowadays, Stan Sport also has tennis, soccer, motorsport, combat and cycling.
    No, Stan Sport is an add-on for an existing Stan subscription. The cheapest way to get Stan Sport is via Stan Basic, which has a combined cost of $25 per month, albeit limited to one stream and SD quality.
    Nathan Lawrence
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    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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