The brilliant new live sports streaming service Kayo works a charm in browsers and on mobile devices, but watching it on your TV can be a little tricky.
We’re really big fans of the disruption Kayo Sports has caused to the way we stream sports in Australia. Great features and great content delivered at a reasonable price. Built from the ground-up as a streaming service, it’s the perfect partner in crime when your face-first in a device, but that is not how we often enjoy sport.
Indeed, we are inundated with questions from Australian sports fans wanting to know if they can watch Kayo Sports on their TV. Lounging on the sofa and relaxing in front of a big screen.
The answer is yes, but it’s more complicated than just turning it on. While native Kayo apps are in the pipeline for some TVs – which we believe will be modern models from the Samsung, LG and Sony TV range – there is no release date announced for that feature just yet.
So how do you watch Kayo on your TV? You use Chromecast. If you haven’t used it before it may seem a little overwhelming at first, but it is actually quite straightforward. Here is a simple step-by-step guide you can follow, which will get you relaxing on the couch in front of your favourite sport in no time.
If you want to watch Kayo Sports – or indeed anything streaming from a web browser – on your TV, then you need to use Chromecast. Thankfully, setting it up is a lot easier than you might think.
Step 1: In order to identify whether your home setup is capable of Chromecast, you need to check three things. Do you have a Smart TV (which is effectively any TV bought this decade)? Have you got a mobile, tablet or laptop? Is there a Wi-Fi network setup in your house?
Step 2: If the answer is yes to all these questions, then you can go ahead and buy the Chromecast dongle device. There are three generations of Google Chromecast, and then there is a Google Chromecast Ultra dongle as well.
The Ultra is the most expensive and the most feature-rich in that it can handle 4K casting and has a more powerful “brain.” As it stands, however, Kayo Sports does not stream in 4K resolution. So, unless you have a 4K TV and plan on streaming other media in 4K, Chromecast Ultra is not worth the price upgrade.
Instead save some money and pick up a third-generation Chromecast dongle. You can expect to pay around $55 to $65 depending on the merchant. They’re available on eBay, which could be your best bet if you can wait out the postage time.
Step 3: Once you have received your Chromecast dongle in the mail, plug it into an available HDMI slot in the back of your Smart TV. You will also need to run power to the dongle. The most elegant solution is to use a nearby USB port, but otherwise a standard wall outlet will do the job. Cables for both options are supplied in the box.
Step 4: Turn on your TV and use your remote to change the input source to the HDMI number in which you just inserted the Chromecast dongle. You should see the Chromecast setup page, which will include your Chromecast ID.
How to Chromecast Kayo Sports on your phone or tablet
Step 5 (Mobile and Tablet): Now turn on your phone or tablet. Make your way to the app marketplace and locate the Chromecast app. It’s a free download. Open the app, at which point it will begin looking for your Chromecast Dongle.
Step 6 (Mobile and Tablet): Head to your Wi-Fi settings on your phone or tablet and it will auto scan for nearby networks. You should see the Chromecast ID identified in Step 4 appear as a wireless device. Select it and allow it to connect, then head back to the app you previously opened. It should now have synced your device to your Chromecast dongle, and matching codes should appear on your device screen and TV screen.
Step 7 (Mobile and Tablet): Follow the instructions, which are straightforward and involve selecting your country and setting a more personal name for your network. You will then need to connect your Chromecast directly to your home Wi-Fi network by just following the straightforward instructions. Make sure you know your home network ID and your login password.
Step 8 (Mobile and Tablet): You are now ready to go. When you open up Kayo Sports, you should see a logo appear in the top right of the video that looks like the below. Tap this and the sport you are watching on your device will begin displaying on your TV. You’re done!
How to Chromecast Kayo Sports on your laptop
Step 9 (Laptop): Turn on our laptop and make sure it is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device.
Step 10 (Laptop): If you haven’t already installed the Chrome browser on your laptop. Simply head to www.google.com/chrome to download it – it’s free. If you have it already installed, just make sure it is updated. If it needs an update, it will be indicated in the drop down menu that appears when you click the three vertical dots in the right top of your browser.
Step 11 (Laptop): Once installed, look for the vertical three dots in the top right corner. Click this and from the dropdown menu you should see the option “Cast.” Select this and your browser will begin looking for your Chromecast device. If you cannot see your Chromecast device, make sure you have completed the setup procedure in steps 5 through 7.
Step 12 (Laptop): Head to the Kayo Sports website in your Chrome browser. Login and begin watching some sport. If you’ve selected the cast option, that sport should now display on your TV screen. You’re done!