Stream­ing ser­vice set to change the game

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY- NI­CHOL­SON

FOX Sports qui­etly re­leased a trial de­scribed as “the Net­flix of sports” yes­ter­day in what’s tipped to be a game- chang­ing stream­ing ser­vice in Aus­tralia.

Kayo Sports will of­fer a smor­gas­bord of more than 50 sports in­clud­ing a full sum­mer of Aus­tralian cricket, AFL, NRL, Wim­ble­don, NFL and the NBA.

The ser­vice, which has just com­pleted beta test­ing, is ex­pected to be re­leased “im­mi­nently” af­ter it was fore­shad­owed in News Corp’s first quar­ter fi­nan­cial re­sults.

Un­like its stream­ing ri­vals, Kayo Sports will de­liver live sports, as well as stream­ing matches on de­mand, in high­def­i­ni­tion, and with­out ad breaks.

Kayo Sports had pre­vi­ously been tipped by Fox­tel chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­trick De­lany as a “par­adise for sports fans,” with con­tent in­clud­ing Moto GP, Su­per Rugby, La Liga, and the World Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Sub­scribers will be able to watch sports with­out the need to pay for ex­tra non- sports con­tent.

A spoiler- free mode will also be of­fered to hide scores from sports fans, and a splitscreen op­tion will let view­ers watch two games at once.

When the ser­vice launches, it will be of­fered for as lit­tle as $ 25 a month, with a 14- day free trial at kayosports. com. au. A pre­mium ver­sion will cost $ 35.

Even though the ser­vice has yet to of­fi­cially launch, Kayo Sports re­ceived pos­i­tive re­views on so­cial me­dia af­ter de­tails were un­cov­ered yes­ter­day, with on­line com­menters at Whirlpool and Twit­ter call­ing it a “pretty good deal if you are a sports nut,” and a “mas­sive shake- up” for live sports in Aus­tralia.

“With Kayo, there’s no such thing as watch­ing from the side­lines. Tell us your favourite teams and we’ll bring you a never- end­ing stream of live games and on- de­mand sports that’s guar­an­teed to get you fired up,” Kayo says on its web­site.

Aus­tralia’s lead­ing sports broad­cast­ers, in­clud­ing Fox Sports, ESPN and BeIN, are key part­ners to Kayo, and their TV channels are the source of much of the con­tent the new plat­form pro­vides.

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