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More bang for your streaming sports buck in 2020

Entertainment

Posted on February 11, 2020

2 min read

2020 is set to be an incredible year for entertainment. From the biggest events in sport, through to prestige, cinema-quality TV. We want everyone to be able to stream the best content to their devices, which is why we’re making Kayo more accessible than ever.

From 11 February for the sports fans, Telstra customers will have 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.

The price drop exclusive for our customers from 11 February represents the best deal in sports since the Lakers picked up LeBron.

Kayo is a service like no other in Australia, and gives our customers the best domestic and international sporting content across multiple devices at a truly compelling price point, even for the casual sports fan.

Whilst perfect for catching the score when out and about, 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.

And with an unmatched line-up of the best in Australian and international sports set for 2020, 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.

This offer comes just in time for the start of the NRL season on 12 March, and the start of the AFL season just a week later on 19 March. And as if that wasn’t enough sport for your buck, Kayo will also stream the upcoming F1 season (including the incredible Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne) and all the Super Rugby clashes. That’s on top of the NBA; the NCAA College Basketball season; the ICC and BBL cricket matches, and more football than your schedule has room for!

Kayo compliments our already existing streaming service, the Live Pass, giving eligible mobile customers access to matches from the upcoming NRL and AFL seasons, to Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, and Suncorp Super Netball on mobile.

We can’t wait for more customers to get into Kayo for the best sport streaming in the game!

Tags: sport, streaming,

Fab Four! AFLW returns with every game live, fast, and data-free

Entertainment

Posted on February 5, 2020

3 min read

Can the Blues go one better in 2020? Picture: Getty Images

In just three years, the AFL Women’s competition has gone from a fledgling debutant to an established member of the Australian sporting calendar, and on the eve of its fourth season, we reflect on what to look forward to this year with every game streamed live on the AFLW app and Telstra Live Pass.

More clubs, more rivalries

After the addition of North Melbourne and Geelong last year, the league has expanded to 14 teams in its fourth season with the inclusion of Richmond, St Kilda, Gold Coast and West Coast, and like the men’s traditional season opener, the Tigers will face last year’s beaten grand finalists Carlton.

More footy for fans

The 2020 season will feature eight regular-season rounds and three weeks of finals with the home and away season rising to nine rounds in 2021 before settling at 10 for 2022.

Footy doesn’t get any more accessible than this, with the majority of fixtures free to attend.

You can find the full fixture list here, or in the app.

Challenging the Crows

With two flags in three years – the 2019 Grand Final was won comprehensively by 45 points – the Crows are the benchmark team of the competition.

The perks of being the only AFLW team in the state means the Crows have had an impressive retainment rate, losing just five players to other sides dating back to the end of the 2017 season.

Melbourne and North Melbourne shape as contenders to challenge for Adelaide’s crown.

The Demons have welcomed back Daisy Pearce after missing last season to give birth to twins.

Across town, the Kangaroos have high hopes as well after being denied a finals berth in their debut season despite having the third-best record.

The best technology so you don’t miss a thing

Like the grassroots beginning of AFLW itself, our team built the womens.afl website from the ground up in collaboration with the AFL over a period of just 10 weeks, unveiling it last year. Our team at Telstra Media also built the Official AFLW Live App, which lets viewers tune in to live streaming matches and on-demand replays, team news, player information and more – live, fast, and data-free.

We’re extremely proud to have shared in the AFLW’s incredible journey over the last three years, and we’re excited to see where this season leads.

AFLW, State of Origin bushfire relief double-header

To raise funds for bushfire relief, the doubleheader, which will be played on Friday 28 February at Marvel Stadium, will kick off at 5:40pm with Melbourne’s AFLW match against Collingwood.

Following the AFLW, the State of Origin match between Victoria and the All Stars will begin at 7:50pm.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 21 January at 12:00pm (AEDT) via ticketmaster.com.au. All proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will go into a Community Relief Fund set up by the AFL.

Stream AFLW

Get free access to stream every match of the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Competition live, fast and data-free in the AFLW Live Official App.

Plus, get:

  • Full match replays
  • Match Centre, including new team and player stats
  • All your AFLW league information in one place, including player stories, rules, directions to venues and more
  • All your club info in one place – social channels, learn the club song, become a member and more

Live streaming limited to 7” viewing size.

Tags: AFLW, sport, streaming,

26 games, four sports, one massive week of streaming

Entertainment

Posted on April 24, 2019

4 min read

Our biggest ever year of sports streaming is off and running, and for the first time we have matches from the AFL, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League playing over one chock-a-block week of sporting goodness.

Until now, the AFL, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League seasons hadn’t overlapped, but with the commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball season this week, we finally have all four up and running (and jumping and kicking and passing!) thanks to Telstra Live Pass.

Beginning with Wednesday’s match between Richmond and Melbourne in the AFL, and ending with the final match of the A-League home-and-away season between Perth and Wellington on Sunday the 28th, Telstra will for the first time stream all four sports via the Live Pass and official apps. That’s a total of 26 matches, with total plays across our four official apps expected to top 5 million views.

Telstra TV customers who download the official Netball Live app have even more reason to celebrate, with two live and exclusive matches streamed each week from the Suncorp Super Netball series.

We all lead busy lives, so sometimes getting out to a game or gaining control of the family TV remote control can be pretty difficult, that’s why we’re committed to bringing you the very best of Australian sport live, fast, and data-free wherever you may be.

A wide brown land deserves a wide choice in sports, so if Australia’s premier men’s and women’s domestic football and netball on your mobile isn’t enough, then Kayo has you covered. Just tell Kayo your favourite teams and you’ll get a never-ending stream of live and on-demand action on any device in your house, and of course on Telstra TV. There’s over 50 sports including AFL, NRL, Cricket, Football, Rugby Union, Motorsports, Basketball, Tennis and much more live or on-demand.

Exclusive to Telstra, you can even get up close and personal with your favourite sports with 2 months of Kayo Basic for just $5.* If you’re an existing Telstra customer, you can add it to your Telstra bill.

Throughout this year, every match of the AFL Premiership, Hyundai A-League, Suncorp Super Netball Series and NRL Telstra Premiership (excluding Grand Final) plus a number of other selected tournaments and matches will be streamed on the sporting apps over our network for those with a Live Pass subscription, giving you access to an unprecedented number of premier men’s and women’s international and domestic sport.

Last year, we streamed 670 matches to fans hungry to keep on top of the action; this year, we plan on bringing fans around 850 matches. You’re welcome – just don’t forget to charge your phone!

Since 2012, we’ve used world-class technology to go beyond just sponsorship, streaming our first ever match over Australia’s largest mobile network to become a genuine technology partner of the AFL, NRL, Netball Australia, and Football Federation Australia – and we streamed over 700 million minutes of sport during the 2018 season.

Eligible Telstra customers can use the official mobile apps of the AFL, NRL, Netball Australia and FFA to stream their favourite matches live, fast and data-free, unlocking $329 in value from their service. Non-Telstra customers can still get in on the action, with a number of subscriptions beginning at $2.99 a week, and other options available for monthly or annual passes.

We know that the thrill of cheering on from the stands can’t be replicated, too; that’s why with Telstra Thanks, we give customers access to discounted tickets to all these sports, from as little as $8 for juniors and $20 for adults, with other offers available from time to time like 2 for 1 tickets.

If you’re looking for something to do with friends or family this week, we have 26 reasons why you should choose to watch Australia’s best athletes, with thanks to Australia’s best network. If that doesn’t fill up time over the Easter break, then we don’t know what will.

* Monthly subscription, $25/mth after offer period.

Netflix Speed Index – We’ve ranked #1 for 12 months straight

Telstra News Entertainment

Posted on February 12, 2019

2 min read

The January 2019 Netflix Speed Index for Australia is out and for 12 months straight (February 2018 to January 2019), Telstra has ranked #1.

With consumers streaming more content than ever before, Telstra has been working to make sure our customers are able to get the best possible experience when watching video from a range of content services including Netflix.

Today the January 2019 Netflix Speed Index was released with Telstra ranked #1 on the leader board for the 12th month in a row from February 2018 to January 2019.

The Netflix results reflect Telstra customers enjoying the fastest speeds available in Australia, combined with access to Australia’s most extensive and sophisticated caching capacity in the region. The function of ‘caching’ is to store copies of Netflix content to enable streaming from a location closer to consumers.

We’re pleased that the January 2019 Netflix result reflects the real-world difference that Telstra customers can experience from our ongoing network leadership and our efforts to deliver a better streaming experience. This result follows on from Ookla’s naming of Telstra as the fastest fixed network in the 2018 Speedtest® Awards by Ookla®.  

Delivering the very best for our customers is about more than just download speeds.  Telstra’s innovative products and devices, including our Smart Modem, Smart Wi-Fi Booster and Telstra TV, all help ensure our customers can enjoy the best streaming experience. This #1 ranking reflects the investments we have made to deliver the streaming experiences our customers expect.

 

Newcastle Knights win 2018 Telstra NRL ‘Most Streamed Team’ Award

Entertainment

Posted on September 27, 2018

3 min read




The Newcastle Knights have taken out the award for the 2018 Telstra NRL ‘Most streamed team’ at this year’s Dally M Awards ceremony.

In just its second year, the award recognises the team that had the highest number of viewers streaming their matches using the Telstra Live Pass on the NRL Official App across the entire home and away regular season.

To claim the distinction, the Knights – watched by a cumulative audience of 1.7 million fans throughout the season – had to fend of challenges from last year’s winning team, the Manly Sea Eagles, as well as the New Zealand Warriors and Melbourne Storm, who all made the top four.

The Warriors’ run into the final-four places was aided in no small part to playing in the year’s most streamed game – their round seven home clash against the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

Telstra’s multi-sport Live Passes currently deliver year-round action to 2.3 million subscribers – a 92% increase on last year – allowing eligible Telstra mobile customers access to matches live, fast, and data-free.

The NRL Official App delivered almost 400 million minutes of exciting rugby league action to a fan base that grew by an incredible 60 per cent this year.

 

In the battle of the states, rugby league fans in New South Wales can claim bragging rights over their Queensland rivals both on and off the pitch this year, with just over half of all streams being consumed within the blue state.

Queensland led Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, and the ACT for the minor places, but promisingly for the expansion of the game nationally, there is good interest in rugby league mobile streaming coast-to-coast.

Presenting the Award to Knight’s Captain, Mitchell Pearce, was Telstra Head of Marketing, Jeremy Nicholas.

“This great growth really has a lot to do with how close many of the games were this year, and how they were decided in the final moments of the match,” he said.

“We’re always looking at new ways to engage fans and customers who love rugby league, and when we can, provide them with unforgettable experiences like attending the Grand Final in person.

“The demand for streaming on the go is unparalleled, and we are committed to continuing to bring games to life in more places, live, fast, and data-free, on Australia’s best mobile network.”

2018 NRL ‘Most Streamed Team’

The Newcastle Knights

Most Streamed Game of 2018

Round 7, NZ Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons

Top three ranked states for streaming

NSW, QLD, VIC

Most streamed game for award finalists

  • Newcastle Knights, Rd 7 vs Wests Tigers
  • NZ Warriors, Rd 7 vs St. George Illawarra Dragons
  • Manly Sea Eagles, Rd 12 vs Canberra Raiders
  • Melbourne Storm, Rd 2 vs Wests Tigers

Download the NRL Official App now from the App Store or Play Store and register for NRL Live Pass to stream 2019 Telstra NRL Premiership matches live, fast and for Telstra customers, data-free.