Entertainment |

Live AFL games are back in the AFL app through Kayo

By Campbell Simpson June 30, 2022

For over a decade, Telstra’s Live Pass apps were there for every killer kick, big bounce, tremendous try and glorious goal. When we forged a path for live streaming sport on your mobile device way back in 2012, nothing else like it existed at the time. Now in 2022, we’re bringing live AFL streaming back to the AFL app.

Last year, streaming live AFL matches moved from via our Live Pass apps to Kayo – the premium sports streaming service for Aussies. Telstra Plus members can get a discount on Kayo, and it’s the place to find wall-to-wall coverage of all your sporting favourites like the AFL and NRL, Formula 1, Netball and Supercars championships.

Today, we have some even better news – you can now stream live AFL games through Kayo in the AFL app, so you can watch the weekend’s games in the same place as you get all of your news, stats, match replays and highlights.

If you have a current Kayo subscription, you can tap the ‘watch live’ button in your AFL app and after you log in with your Kayo account once, you’ll be able to stream the footy live through your phone in the same place as you check your team’s scores.

Now, there are a couple of caveats – since the AFL app is meant for footy fans on the go, live streaming is only available on mobiles and not tablets. If you’re looking for a bigger screen, we’d recommend kicking back in front of the telly. Streaming through the AFL app also counts against your mobile data allowance these days, but our mobile plans have come a long way since 2012 when we’d barely even launched 4G!

We’ve come a long way since the early days of Live Pass and the start of the AFL Live Official App and NRL Official App. We love the footy in all its codes, we’re proud of our ongoing AFL partnership to 2024, and we’re as pleased as punch to get live AFL streaming back in the AFL app.

For those who have been with us for a while, thank you for helping us drive the revolution of watching live sport on your mobiles. If you’re new, we hope you like what we’ve built over the last decade or so, and we can’t wait to show you more in the future.

Nic Naitanui of the Eagles in action during the 2020 AFL Round 07 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium on July 19, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos)
Entertainment |

AFL is back with new ways to watch live in 2021

By Rebecca Haagsma March 18, 2021

After a stop-start year for footy, the AFL is back for 2021. We’re here to help you stay on top of all the games in the 2021 season.

This year’s AFL season will bring 22 matches across 23 rounds, with a rolling fixture set to continue to keep the games as flexible as possible.

The first block of six rounds has been announced, with a number of Thursday night games added to the schedule.

AFL and AFLW codes will feature double headers in rounds one and two, and the first block of the new fixture will conclude with the ANZAC Appeal Round under lights at the MCG on April 25.

How to watch AFL games live in 2021

Earlier in the year, we announced that we’d be changing the way you watch AFL games with us. You can still use the Official AFL Live app for everything you love, from match replays, live scores, highlights, stats and more.

The AFL Live app will also bring with it new features we dreamed up during the off-season, including Augmented Reality team line-ups and new ways to view stats for your favourite club.

And for those who want to watch the games live, Kayo has you covered.

Update, 1 June 2021:Our exclusive $5/mth for 12 months Kayo Basic offer for eligible AFL and NRL live pass customers has expired as of 31 May 2021.

For those who missed out, you can still save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months. That’s for either $15/mth for Kayo Basic or $25/mth for Kayo Premium for 12 months for Telstra consumer customers, new and returning to Kayo.

After 12 months you’ll roll onto standard subscription fees (currently $25/mth for Kayo Basic & $35/mth for Kayo Premium). Redeem by 31 May 2022.

With these exclusive offers, you’ll be able to catch the action from a line-up of more than 50 of the best international and domestic sports in 2021.

Kayo also takes sports streaming to another level offering multiple sports on multiple screens at once. With features like SplitView on selected devices, you can watch up to four events at once so you don’t miss a minute, even when scheduling conflicts happen for those big games.

We’re excited to hear the roar of the crowds once again, with the power of technology bringing us all closer than ever to the games we love.

Entertainment |

The NRL is back, and we’re bringing you more action than ever

By Luke Hopewell March 11, 2021

After a difficult season in 2020, the NRL is back and bigger than ever. It’s our 20th year partnering with the NRL, and there are new ways to watch your favourite teams at home with us.

This year’s NRL season will feature a full 25 rounds after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted last year’s schedule. Kicking off on Thursday, March 11, we’ll see matches played away and at home, including in New Zealand.

Unlike other codes, the NRL has laid out its entire season as part of the draw, with eight games a week to keep you locked to the box.

We even get a three-match State of Origin series for 2021, which is set to be another nail biter. The season builds to a thrilling crescendo on October 3, with the grand final.

20 years on, and closer to the action than ever

We’ve been partners with the NRL for 20 years now. That’s 20 years of thrilling moments that have unfolded before our eyes. Moments that make NRL simply the best.

The NRL was first telecast in 1961 between Balmain and Norths. Half a match was televised each weekend as a trial. Since then, we’ve watched sports broadcasting and technology take a quantum leap.

Games are now broadcast in glorious high definition, with technology injected all over the field to bring you the action from every angle.

Our partnership with the NRL has also introduced new technology to the game, including the Telstra Tracker. The Telstra Tracker combines technology and sport to bring fans closer to the game with live player insights. It tracks including player speed, intensity and ground coverage.

The evolution of technology gives every viewer the best seat in the house when it comes to the 2021 NRL season. And we’ve got new and exciting ways to watch the games in store, too.

How to watch NRL games live in 2021

Earlier in the year, we announced that we’d be changing the way you enjoy NRL games with us.

Update, 1 June 2021: Our exclusive $5/mth for 12 months Kayo Basic offer for eligible AFL and NRL live pass customers has expired as of 31 May 2021.

For those who missed out, you can still save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months. That’s for either $15/mth for Kayo Basic or $25/mth for Kayo Premium for 12 months for Telstra consumer customers, new and returning to Kayo.

After 12 months you’ll roll onto standard subscription fees (currently $25/mth for Kayo Basic & $35/mth for Kayo Premium). Redeem by 31 May 2022.

Kayo also takes sports streaming to another level offering multiple sports on multiple screens at once. With features like SplitView on selected devices, you can watch up to four events at once so you don’t miss a minute, even when scheduling conflicts happen for those big games.

The NRL Official App, powered by Telstra, remains the digital home of all the other features NRL fans know and love, including the latest news, full match replays, live scores, stats, highlights and more.

Getting you to the game with Telstra Plus

The new fixture puts home teams back in front of home crowds once again. In some instances, for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Getting into the action on your couch is good, but nothing comes close to being in the stands with fellow fans to cheer on your favourite team.

Our loyalty program, Telstra Plus, gets you access to discounts on tickets for NRL games, and a range of other benefits. You can sign up on our website.

We’re also working hard with our partners at the AFL to bring the live sporting experience of the future to places like Marvel Stadium and the MCG.

We can’t wait for the first whistle of the season to sound, as we kick off another awesome year of footy.

Things you need to know

Redeem by 31 May 2021. Must sign up via Telstra. Cancel anytime, roll onto standard fees after 12 months. To be eligible, customers must have redeemed a Telstra NRL Live Pass service prior to 22 Dec 2020 and maintain that active Telstra service used to redeem it.

Telstra News |

Telstra and the NRL celebrate 20 years of partnership

By Jeremy Nicholas March 11, 2021

From the Cowboys finally winning a championship in 2015, to the Rabbitohs breaking their drought in 2014 and Manly’s 40-0 thrashing of Melbourne in 2008, it’s been a huge couple of decades of footy, and we’re so proud that we’ve been there through all of it.

When our partnership first began, the ability to stream sport on mobile devices was still over a decade away. Together with the NRL, we used technology and innovation to make this vision a reality to bring fans even closer to the game they love, in more places on our network.

We are continually pushing to improve this experience and recently announced an exclusive offer for eligible Telstra customers who’ve previously used NRL Live Pass to receive $20/month off Kayo’s Basic subscription for 12 months, meaning they can enjoy the footy – and about 50 other sports – from their mobile device and almost any screen in their home for just $5/month.

And it doesn’t end there – to celebrate our 20 year anniversary, we’ll also be rewarding fans who are Telstra Plus members with access to discounted NRL tickets this season.

A big 20 years

The world has changed a lot in the past 20 years, and so has Telstra and the NRL. With so many big moments emerging from the game, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favourite highlights from over the years.

2001 – Newcastle Knights win first ever Telstra Premiership.

At the time, the 2001 NRL Grand Final between the Newcastle Knights and Paramatta Eels was the 3rd highest attended NRL game of all time, with over 90,000 fans packing into Sydney to see who would win the first ever Telstra Premiership. The Knights ended up taking it out, in a 30-24 nail biter, where the Eels pulled in a massive second half after falling behind 24-0 at half time. After converting 5 from 7 goals, and helping set up some big tries, Andrew Johns won the Clive Churchill medal

2007 – Gold Coast Titans enter the league, where Telstra would later launch its 5G Innovation Centre.

The Gold Coast Titans were awarded their license for the NRL in 2004, after a lengthy bid process where the odds were stacked against those pushing for the return of elite level football in the Gold Coast region. Just 5 years later, after 3 seasons, they made the NRL finals – a true feat for such a young club! The region is also a special place for Telstra, where in 2018 we launched our 5G Innovation Centre in the Gold Coast to lay the groundwork for the future of connectivity.

2008 – NRL Celebrate its Centenary of League, the same year the iPhone is introduced to Australia

The biggest celebration of the NRL since rugby league first came to Australia, also marked the year that Apple’s iPhone launched in Australia, completely changing how we communicate, work and play and creating an explosion in the phone market.

For the NRL, this Centenary premiership was won by the Manly Sea Eagles who crushed the Melbourne Storm 40-0.

The original iPhone 3G that launched in Australia had a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 2.0 megapixel camera and most importantly was the first iPhone with Apple’s App Store. We’re now up to the iPhone 12, which is just as powerful as your laptop, has 4 different cameras across it and probably houses every bit of important information to you in the world.

2014 – Fans can stream matches on their mobile for first time with NRL Live Pass

In a huge moment for Australian sport, Telstra and the NRL launched NRL Live Pass in the NRL Official App, offering Telstra customers free streaming on their compatible mobile devices for every game of the NRL season. For the first time, it didn’t matter if you were having a picnic with friends, at the beach or having a relaxing bath – as long as you had an internet connection you could watch the footy.

Today, our Live Pass offering has evolved into our expanded partnership with Kayo, which gives fans the ability to stream the NRL – and 50+ domestic and international sports – on just about any device you can think of, wherever you are.

The NRL Official App, powered by Telstra, remains the digital home of all the other features NRL fans know and love, including the latest news, full match replays, live scores, stats, highlights and more.

2020 – Our partnership expands to include the NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership

As a long-time partner of the NRL, we support every effort to make the game as inclusive and diverse as possible, and to provide a platform for aspiring female athletes to realise their dream.

In 2020 we announced our commitment to provide greater opportunities, exposure and investment into the programs currently in place for women and young girls wishing to pursue a rugby league career.

Young players can’t be what they can’t see, so it was vital for our partnership that we were able to bring the Women’s State of Origin and NRLW premiership to fans through the Official NRL App.

It’s been a big 20 years in our partnership, with so many technological advances that have helped bring rugby league into more homes and onto more devices. We can’t wait to see what else comes from our partnership in the years ahead.

Kayo promotion terms and conditions

Redeem by 31 May 2021. Must sign up via Telstra. Cancel anytime, roll onto standard fees after 12 months. To be eligible, customers must have redeemed a Telstra NRL Live Pass service prior to 22 Dec 2020 and maintain that active Telstra service used to redeem it.

Young professional working remotely flexibly at a restaurant with laptop, mobile phone and headphones
Devices | Entertainment | How To | Network |

How to set up the best multi-screen sport experience

By Luke Hopewell June 12, 2020

Young professional working remotely flexibly at a restaurant with laptop, mobile phone and headphones

After an impromptu off-season filled with everything from dice footy to marble racing (it’s real, I swear), the footy is officially, mercifully back! During quarantine, however, the kids may be hooked on Xbox or streaming movies, meaning that the living room TV is on the bench for this weekend’s action. Thankfully, if you’re a Telstra fixed broadband customer, you can tweak your home Wi-Fi network to watch every second of the action, in lots of places! Here’s how.

To make your sports viewing experience one that can be done from the back bedroom, upstairs living room or even the pool room, you’ll need both a strong Wi-Fi network and the right apps on your smartphone.

Strengthen your Wi-Fi

Telstra Smart Modem 2

Telstra fixed broadband customers have the home-field advantage when it comes to streaming thanks to the Smart Modem 2. It’s more than your average modem, with beamforming technology that ‘locks on’ to your devices for better reception.

To make the most of your Smart Modem 2’s technology, locate where you’ve situated your modem and ensure it’s placed in a central location between your favourite devices. Wi-Fi signal going through walls is like playing four quarters running into the wind, so ensure there aren’t big walls blocking you off from your modem.

To ensure you’re getting the best Wi-Fi signal in your chosen area before the first bounce, download the Telstra Home Dashboard app to ensure you’ve got the right coverage around the house. The Home Dashboard app helps you make a map of your Wi-Fi signal based on the floorplan of your house. That way you know where the best spots for streaming are.

If you’re in a larger house or you’ve spotted a red zone that could be getting better coverage, you may want to opt for our new Smart Wi-Fi Booster Gen 2. It is specifically designed to work together with the Smart Modem Gen 2 to improve in-home Wi-Fi. With a simple two-button setup, the single booster will pair directly to the modem and boost wireless coverage, helping to reduce or resolve black spots and extending wireless coverage from the modem’s base.

Incredible, whole-of-home coverage is more than possible thanks to our awesome suite of fixed home connectivity gear, and once your connection is running smoothly you can fire up our exclusive collection of sport streaming apps for the best viewing experience.

Get the right apps

Telstra customers get the best sporting codes on offer through a range of different streaming apps.

Firstly, there’s Kayo. Kayo takes sports streaming to another level offering multiple sports on multiple screens for up to three users at once. With features like SplitView, customers can watch up to four events at once so they don’t miss a minute, even when scheduling conflicts for those big games clash. Kayo allows fans to follow the action on the go on mobile, at home through streaming devices like the Telstra TV, or on a PC or tablet.

And if you want more, there’s always Telstra Live Pass. Telstra mobile customers get access to every live match of the 2020 AFL season, live and data-free via the AFL Live official app. Normally worth $99.99 a year and free for Telstra mobile customers, the service is available for both Apple and Android users (live streaming limited to 7” screen viewing size).

Plus, when other codes return to the field to round out the 2020 season, you’ll also have access to them via the respective apps.

New and returning Kayo customers on Telstra consumer post-paid plans can get Kayo Basic for $15 a month for 12 months; saving $10 a month on the service for 12 months (data charges may apply).

Our customers get access to an incredible world of sport and whole-of-home connectivity when they sign-up, and as various codes all take to the field once again, it’s a great time to be watching.

Game on!