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Like all entertainment right now, the world of television sports has changed a lot over the last few years. Sports streaming services are popping up everywhere, and it can be difficult to keep track of where your favorite sporting events are broadcasting each year.
To help you work through much of this information, we’ve put together a sort of guide to sports streaming services in Australia, what they offer and how much subscriptions will set you back.
Here we go!
What are the best free sports streaming sites in Australia?
Before we dive into the costs, let’s take a look at the free sports streaming services you should try first – because who doesn’t love freebies?
All of your standard free-to-air TV channels now have a corresponding streaming service, and each of them has some sort of sports offering.
- SBS on request: Streams international cycling tournaments, football (the FIFA World Cup), motor sports, basketball, gymnastics and more.
- 10 games: Home to certain football tournaments (e.g. A-League), Bellator MMA, NBL and some Formula 1 races.
- 9 Now: Where to find specific tennis tournaments, NRL (like the State of Origin) and rugby.
- 7 plus: Stream AFL, cricket, certain motor sports, NFL and the Olympics here.
Now, in the transition to classic sports streaming services, here is some free content available for you as well.
- Kayo Freebies: Select AFL, baseball, motorsport, netball and surf events are available to stream for free here.
While Kayo is a paid service, you can sign up for Kayo Freebies by downloading the Kayo app and creating an account. The games and shows will be available for free; You should not request credit card or other payment information at the registration point. Just log in and start watching.
- Red Bull TV: If you’re an adventure athlete, you can watch live streams from events like the UCI MTB World Cup or Red Bull Batalla here.
The best Australian sports streaming services in general
However, if you’re a big sports fan and want access to every game live and on demand, you probably need more than one free account. In that case, here are the best Australian sports streaming services, what they air and how much they cost.
- Kayo: Here you can watch NBA games, AFL, Formula 1, MotoGP and more. You can sign up for a free 14-day trial, after which you have your choice of a One, Basic, or Premium subscription out of $25 per month to $35 per month.
- Stan Sports: Stan Sport will join the Stan streaming service in 2021 and will host UEFA football tournaments, Grand Slam tennis, Super Rugby and the Professional Fighters League. You can add sports to your existing Stan subscription (ranging from $10 to $19 per month) for one an additional $10 per month. If you are unsure, you can first sign up for a free 30-day trial.
- Optus Sport: This streaming service is home to the Premier League, Women’s Super League and other international football matches. You might be able to get a free subscription with certain Optus plans, but if not, check it out $14.99 per month or an annual pass for $139.
- Fox Sports: Yes, Foxtel is still around. Add a sports bundle to your basic subscription (which costs $25 a month) and you’ll end up with Fox League, Footy Play, ESPN, beIN, and Fox Cricket. New customers can test Foxtel Now for 10 days free of charge, including the sports package. From this point on, the sports package will reset you an additional $29 per month in addition to the basic costs.
- DAZN: This is your one stop shop for boxed content. Sign up for $13.99 per month and you get access to everything from documentaries and series to classic fights and exclusive matches.
Why do people use a VPN to stream live sports?
Being in Australia may mean certain sporting events or programs are not easily accessible here. An example is the F1 TV app. While this streaming service is coming to Australia soon, it hasn’t been offered here in the past, prompting fans to use a VPN connection to sign up for access in the United States.
If you’re looking for a specific streaming service that’s not yet available in Australia, using a VPN might be the best option for you.
Upcoming sporting events
Prepare your calendar and sort through your sports streaming services because there are some exciting events ahead. Prepare your eyeballs for the following sports fans.