Telstra ditches “Live Pass” tech in favour of Kayo

I can’t speak for everyone, but if you’ve used Telstra’s Live Pass service to stream an AFL or NRL game in the past five years I think you’d be agreeing with me when I say that it’s a pretty shit experience.

Thankfully Telstra have seen the light here and instead of continuing to pump out vision that’s for some unbeknownst reason is physically limited to a specific screen size and ratio they’ve decided to partner with Foxtel’s Kayo division to power the streaming portion of the service.

In the announcement from Telstra CEO Andy Penn, he corroborated that streaming had moved on from Live Pass’ capabilities and gave hope that the service could now be coming to more platforms such as tablets and TVs.

Apps that make use of Live Pass will essentially now get their streams from Kayo and eligible customers will receive a $20 discount to access Kayo. This means users who previously paid for the NRL & AFL Live Passes will only pay $5 and get access to the full Kayo suite (for 12 months).


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