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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!

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The Footy is back in 2020, again!

By Michael Ackland June 12, 2020

AFL - Collingwood v. Richmond - Footy back in action - 11 June 2020

Extended customer offers for Kayo, and the introduction of the quest to find Australia’s fastest AFL player headline the anticipated return to play.

Good things come to those who wait, and while we have all endured a really challenging period these past few months, some aspects of our lives are returning to normal, underscored by the return of the interrupted NRL season on 28 May, and the AFL season last night.

While there were plenty of inventive ways to keep fans entertained over the break – like the inaugural Telstra Australian Dice Football League – we’ll admit nothing compares to the real thing.

It would have been almost unthinkable just four months ago if somebody told you the only way you could get your sporting fix was on a screen whether big or small, but with crowd numbers limited (or restricted entirely) Telstra has a number of solutions to keep you wrapped up in the action.

Cardboard cutout fans - AFL matches - The Footy is back for 2020
Image: westernbulldogs.com.au

Kayo offer extended

Firstly, the Kayo offer we announced in February giving Telstra customers who are new and returning to Kayo exclusive access to Kayo Basic for just $15 per month (normally $25 per month), and Kayo Premium for $25 per month (normally $35 per month) for 12 months has been extended from its original 30 June cut-off to 30 September. You can even cancel anytime for added peace of mind and flexibility.

With several sports around the world outlining plans for their return, Kayo is your ticket to the best seat in your house to watch live on your Telstra TV, computer, or mobile device. Remember, you can even add it to your Telstra bill, so all of your payments are in one place.

Kayo compliments our already existing streaming service, the Live Pass, giving eligible mobile customers access to matches from the NRL and AFL seasons on the go from their mobile.

Telstra 5G Fastest Footballer Promotion

Telstra 5G Fastest Footballer

It’s our aim at Telstra to make sure that we stay true to our mission of using technology to give fans the best possible experience, and the introduction of the Telstra Tracker these past few years has been fundamental in giving us all some amazing insights into the athleticism, speed and endurance of Australia’s elite footballers.

Telstra’s player tracker technology will feature during every Friday night AFL fixture on Channel 7 in 2020, as well as through a rolling week-to-week competition encouraging fans to help predict the quickest player of the round.

More than just a number on a screen, fans will have the chance each week to guess the round’s fastest player, with a weekly prize being a brand new Samsung 5G device (S20) so that winners can experience the best mobile technology on Australia’s best 5G network.

Visit afl.com.au/5gfastestfootballer to find out more.

Things you need to know

5G Fastest Footballer: Promotion ends 24 September 2020. Open to Australian residents aged 18 and over. Permit numbers are NSW; LTPS/20/42880, ACT; TP 20/00412, SA; T20/355. Telstra 5G is now rolling out in selected areas. Visit telstra.com/coverage

Kayo: Eligible customers must sign up through http://hub.telstra.com.au/kayo or on Telstra TV. Standard monthly fees apply after the offer period unless you cancel. One redemption per customer account. Not available in conjunction with any other Kayo offers. Redeem by 30 September 2020. Requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply.

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Giving you the choice to add the sports you love with the launch of Kayo

By Michael Ackland November 27, 2018

As Australians, we love our sport – and there’s a lot of it out there to enjoy! That’s why we’re excited to be the exclusive telco partner for Kayo, the new all-you-can-eat sports streaming service from Foxtel that promises an unparalleled range of live sport and extra content.

Not only is Kayo built around a huge variety of live sports – over 50 different codes and leagues at launch – it also offers catch-up and on-demand viewing of full matches and highlights, as well as supporting content like documentaries, interviews and expert analysis.

It’s a service that’s built for sports lovers from the ground up – even to the point of including a ‘No Spoilers’ mode that blocks scores and news until you’ve caught up on the games and matches you love.

No matter what sports you’re into there’s an excellent chance Kayo has you covered — from AFL and cricket to the World Surf League and Formula One.

And you’ll be able to follow all your sporting heroes – from Neymar and Messi in European football to Simmons and James in the NBA.

Kayo is available as a no lock-in monthly subscription starting from $25 per month. And you can trial the service free for 14 days.

We’re making it simple to subscribe to Kayo. Post-Paid mobile and home broadband customers can add it to their Telstra accounts and have all their services on one bill.

This means you’ll be able to choose from the best of entertainment, sport, tech and accessories at Telstra, with the flexibility to add them to your account and pay as you go.

And today, we will add Kayo to our line-up of Telstra TV apps, too, so you can kick back on the couch and enjoy the action on the big screen.

We’re proud to be partnering with Kayo to bring you the best sports whether you’re streaming on the go using Australia’s best mobile network or kicking back at home.

You can find out more about Kayo here.