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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)
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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.

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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.