Fox Sport rolls out the ‘Net­flix of sports’

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

FOX Sports has qui­etly re­leased a trial de­scribed as “the Net­flix of sports”, an on-de­mand stream­ing ser­vice of­fer­ing 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 high-def­i­ni­tion, 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.

Nine Net­work tech­nol­ogy com­men­ta­tor and pub­lisher of tech site EFTM Trevor Long said the ser­vice was “se­ri­ously im­pres­sive stuff”.

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 split-screen 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.

View­ers will be able to ac­cess the ser­vice on Ap­ple and Google mo­bile de­vices, Win­dows and Mac com­put­ers, and Google Chrome­cast de­vices.

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