If you have come to this page you already know what Kayo is and why you can’t watch it overseas. You may have visited another page on this topic which incorrectly said all you need to watch Kayo outside Australia is a VPN.
That is incomplete information, particularly if you want the best experience of watching Kayo natively on a smart TV rather than through screen casting, HDMI cables or just on your phone or computer.
Kayo is blocked from overseas at every level; from signing up and logging into their website, needing an Australian phone number, and downloading the smart TV app on a non-Australian TV.
We will solve all of that in this complete guide made by an Aussie sports fan living overseas who has done it personally. These instructions are for Android TV with notes for Apple TV users at the bottom. Let’s go!
You will need
Android TV or any TV and an Android TV media streamer.
VPN on all devices.
Ability to receive a code sent to an Australian phone number (one time only).
Debit/credit card or ability to pay though the Apple App Store.
Kayo Sports for Android TV app APK.
File manager app on Android TV.
Start with a VPN
Any way that you watch Kayo from overseas needs a VPN on the device you sign up from and the device you watch from.
Bullet VPN is the only service that guarantees support for Kayo outside Australia. Bullet does work for Kayo when other VPSs don’t. So in short, I have to say, use Bullet VPN.
I hesitate because unfortunately, other than for watching Kayo overseas, Bullet is not one of the better VPNs. Their apps are a bit clunky and buggy, but hey, for this specific use, it gets the job done.
Express is a better VPN overall and it does work for Kayo most of the time. But whenever Kayo makes a change to crack down on VPN usage, Express stops working, while Bullet VPN keeps working (or at least starts working again faster). So I use Bullet VPN for Kayo and as a backup, and I use Express VPN for everything else.
Subscribe to Kayo
With your VPN connected to Australia, sign up to Kayo Sports. You get a free trial, which is perfect in this case because you can make sure everything mentioned in this guide works before you have to pay.
You don’t need an Australian address or an Australian payment method. Overseas credit or debit cards work or you can also pay through the Apple App Store.
You do need to enter a code that Kayo will send to an Australian phone number which has not already been used on Kayo or Binge (Binge is Kayo’s sister app for TV shows, together they are called Streamotion). You will only need to do this once, on the initial sign-up.
So live chat with a friend or family member in Australia, enter their phone number into Kayo Sports and have them tell you the code that gets sent to their phone. Failing that there are online services that will let you rent the use of an Australian phone number.
Get Kayo on your TV
Now you have signed up on a phone or computer, you can watch Kayo on that same device. You can also watch it on a TV by mirroring your phone or computer with a screencast, HDMI cable or whatever.
But we are not going through all this trouble for that kind of sub-optimal viewing experience. Let’s get Kayo natively on your big screen so you can sit on the couch, eat snacks and watch sports properly!
Get Android TV
Android TV, Apple TV and Samsung are the only smart TV operating systems (OS) that Kayo makes an app for. So not LG. That’s fine because Android TV is simply the best!
Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Sharp and other TV manufacturers use Android TV but if your TV does not, even if it’s not a smart TV at all, then get a media streamer with Android TV OS such as
Nvidia Shield (pictured below).
Xiaomi Mi Box.
Asus Nexus Player.
A streaming media player is like a set top box that you connect to the internet and the TV and plays online media like Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and Kayo Sports. They are the Android equivalent to the Apple TV and because they use the Android TV operating system they turn whatever TV you connect them to into an Android TV!