How much data does Kayo use?

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Kayo is winning over Australian audiences by running live and on-demand sports content from channels like ESPN, beIN SPORTS and Fox Sports. But even your data needs a break after a few games on Kayo. So, how much screen time can you get before the streaming service causes your device to call a time out? Opening up your Kayo app knowing it’s going to be draining your data can be daunting, which is why we’ve produced this quick guide to Kayo data usage. After all, you don’t want to miss the moment, but also don’t want a huge phone bill!

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How much data will Kayo use?

How does Kayo score when it comes to data usage? To watch sports in Standard Definition (SD) at 360p to 480p, you’re likely to use between 0.3GB and 0.5GB of data per hour, although you’ll need anywhere between 1.5GB and 3.25GB per hour for High Definition (HD) viewing at 720p to 1080p. 

Similar to other streaming services, the amount of data you’ll use will be affected by factors such as whether you’re streaming in Standard Definition (SD) or High Definition (HD or Full HD), how long you’ve been watching, and the number of screens used in SplitView mode. If you choose the Automatic video quality option, your data may fluctuate because it’s designed to self-adjust the stream quality depending on the strength of your internet connection. 

Here’s the data usage Kayo estimates would equal one hour’s worth of streaming:

Number of screens Standard Definition (360p) Standard Definition (480p) High Definition (720p) High Definition (1080p)
1 screen 0.3GB 0.5GB 1.5GB 3.25GB
2 screens 0.6GB 1GB 3GB 6.5GB
3 screens 0.9GB 1.5GB 4.5GB 9.75GB
4 screens 1.2GB 2GB 6GB 13GB

Source: Kayosports.com.au

Kayo stream quality and internet connection speed

This is a guide on the minimum internet connection speed you’ll need to enjoy your sporting content: 

Kayo Stream Quality Minimum internet connection speed required
Minimum mobile requirement for a seamless stream 1.5Mbps
Minimum broadband requirement for a seamless stream 2.5Mbps
Better quality (video 720p) 4Mbps
Best quality (video 1080p) 7.5Mpbs

Source: Kayosports.com.au 

Kayo on mobile devices

On a mobile device, the Kayo app has three video quality options to choose from: 

  • Automatic: the app adjusts the stream quality based on the strength of your internet connection.
  • Standard Definition (SD): videos can stream up to 1.5mpbs.  
  • High Definition (HD): videos can stream up to 6mbps. 

Kayo on computers

If a high resolution isn’t enough to win you over, teaming it with a larger screen might. The three video quality options include:

  • Automatic: stream quality changes according to the strength of your internet connection. 
  • Standard Definition (SD): streams videos in 480p or less. 
  • High Definition (HD): streams videos in 720p or higher.  

Kayo sports app splitview data usage

What’s the deal with video streaming sites and data usage?

Enjoying content from streaming services such as Kayo, Netflix and Disney+ can come at a not-so-pretty price – even watching baby pandas on YouTube can end up eating a lot of your internet. Thankfully, you can always adjust the video settings to try and manage the data usage, or even just wait until you’re in range of your home Wi-Fi. 

Playing videos on Kayo at 360p or 480p is likely to keep the fun lasting longer, especially since it uses less than half the data compared to higher definition viewing. Although if you’re worried about lag, there’s always the option of selecting the Automatic Quality Option to ensure the stream quality self-adjusts to keep the ball rolling until the final whistle is blown. 

Sign up to Kayo

Love streaming? Love sports? Kayo is a new streaming platform that provides access to a wealth of sports, from basketball to cricket, motorsports and soccer. Click ‘go to site’ for more details.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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Basic Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $25 over 1 month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25Advertised Cost/month Go To Site
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Premium Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 3 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $35 over 1 month

3No. of Screens /same time viewing $35
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
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Telstra Exclusive Offer – Basic Subscription

  • Special Offer: Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months
  • Available to Telstra customers only. T&Cs Apply
  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time – Add up to 5 profiles

min. cost $15/mth first 12 months then $25/mth

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25$15
Advertised Cost/month
Get Offeron Telstra’s website

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