Nights get longer, drinks get colder and life, for sports-mad viewers — particularly, cricket fans — gets better.
This year we have seen the biggest shake-up in summer television in more than four decades and Australia’s newest streaming service, Kayo, is at the forefront of this change.
Dubbed the Netflix of Sports, Kayo offers the most comprehensive line-up of sports ever seen in one place in what only can be called a bumper buffet. If you’ve ever wished you could watch all the sports you love in the one place — this is it.
Summer’s sporting revamp also features tennis heading to Nine and cricket heading to Foxtel and Seven.
For decades, Nine was cricket … and cricket was Nine. Seven was tennis … and tennis was Seven.
But now the girls in the corner — Fox Sports and streaming service Kayo — have become the life of the party.
Kayo Sports chief executive Julian Ogrin said the service would stream live and on-demand matches from more than 50 sports, ranging from Australian mainstays such as AFL, NRL, rugby union, A-League, and Australian T20 cricket and Big Bash League cricket, to international codes.
“What we will offer is over 30,000 hours of sport annually, and over 2000 hours of sport every month,” Mr Ogrin said.
“We’re really catering for all those sports lovers who like codes from all around the world.”
As we head into the New Year, we take stock of summer — and the remote control.
We don’t like cricket, oh no, we love it.
Fox Cricket will broadcast every ball from Tests, ODIs, T20Is — men’s and women’s, ad-break free during play this summer. Rounding out the Test series against India will be a two-game series against Sri Lanka with a day-night Test in Brisbane followed by a Test match in Canberra.
The men’s one-day and T20 internationals will be shown exclusively on Fox Sports, as will the remaining 16 men’s BBL matches not shown on Seven.
Seven will catch the free-to-air component and broadcast both the men’s and women’s internationals as well as 43 matches of the Big Bash League.
Fox will also simulcast the matches broadcast by Seven — all men’s Tests, women’s internationals, BBL matches and WBBL games.
Sydney’s SCG will host the first game of the Australia v India ODI series on January 12 and while the action continues with the WBBL, pencil in the big one — the final on Australia Day which will be screened on Fox and Seven.
Cricket fans may have moved to Fox and Seven — but Nine has picked up the tennis fans.
The Australian Open, from January 14-27, will be shown on Channel 9 this summer after an agreement was reached between Nine, Tennis Australia and Seven to fast forward their broadcasting deal by one year.
Nine had agreed to pay $300m to secure the rights from Seven over five years from 2020 but paid out an extra $48.5m to broadcast the tournament from January.
The deal encompasses the Australian Open in Melbourne as well as the lead-up tournaments around Australia — the Hopman Cup in Perth and the Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart Internationals.
Key dates to pop in the diary:
Hopman Cup Tennis (on Nine and 9 GEM and streaming live on 9 Now) — Saturday December 29 — Saturday January 5.
Brisbane International Tennis (on Nine and GO and streaming live on 9 Now) — Sunday December 30 — Sunday January 6.
Sydney International Tennis (on Nine and 9 GEM and streaming live on 9 Now) — Sunday January 6 — Saturday January 12.
Australian Open Tennis (on Nine and 9 GEM and streaming live on 9 Now) — Monday January 14 — Sunday January 27.
Football fans can celebrate New Year’s Day by tuning into Fox Sports and watching Western Sydney Wanderers take on Melbourne City in the A-League.
It’s a cracking month of match-ups in January including the Grand Final replay and Australia Day double-header.
In a game-changing move for women’s football in Australia, this year’s Westfield W-League season is being broadcast or streamed live on FOX SPORTS, SBS VICELAND and the My Football Live app. The Finals Series will be held over the weekend of February 8-10 with the Grand Final scheduled for the weekend of February 16-17.
But our top pick is the Asian Cup starting January 6.
The Socceroos are looking to defend the title they won on home soil in 2015 when they head to the UAE.
Graham Arnold’s Socceroos, sans Cahill, have drawn Group B and first game is against Jordan on Sunday (Jan 6), followed by Palestine on January 11 and Syria on Tuesday, January 15.
Fox Sports will air every match of the tournament LIVE with no ad breaks during play with the final to be staged in the early hours of Saturday, February 2.
Can’t make it to the Goldy on January 12? Channel 7 has got you covered.
The 2019 Magic Millions race day is home to a $10 million race day, including the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas exclusively for Magic Millions graduates.
Featuring nine races at the picturesque Gold Coast Turf Club, the day also includes the Magic Millions Racing Women’s $500,000 Bonus and Harrolds Fashions on the Field. Race day will be covered live on Channel 7 from 11.30am-5.00pm.
The Santos Tour Down Under has found a home on Channel 7 starting January 13 with the Women’s Final Stage and People’s Choice Classic. Seven will then pick up the men’s stages from January 15. And then on January 26, Channel 7 will screen Cadel Evan’s Great Ocean Road Race live from 12.30pm — with the men’s race broadcast the following day.
Season 3 and we still can’t get enough of the AFLW.
Fox Footy and Channel 7 have committed to showing every game live — with Seven kick starting their coverage with the season opener Geelong v Collingwood on February 2.
Fox Footy will exclusively broadcast three matches each round in 2019, while simulcasting the two Channel 7 matches.
Grand Final will be played on the weekend of March 30-31.
SUPERBOWL+ TEST CRICKET
Say it isn’t true.
With Kayo’s SplitView, sports fans are spoiled for … views. The SplitView feature gives Kayo subscribers the ability to watch up to four different videos, games or shows on TV, web and tablet devices — and 2 videos simultaneously on their favourite mobile device — all on the one screen.
This means, on Monday February 4, you will be able to SplitView from 9.30am — 2.00pm AEDT: NFL: Super Bowl LIII with Day 4 of Australia v Sri Lanka Cricket Test from 10.30am — 7.30pm.
Need a fix before the real deal starts.
Pencil in February 15 for indigenous All-Stars Vs New Zealand Maori Kiwis on Nine and 9 GEM and streaming live on 9 Now.
Rugby League World Club Challenge — Sydney Roosters Vs Wigan Warriors (on Nine and 9 GEM and streaming live on 9 Now) -will air on Sunday February 17.
The proper 2019 season starts March 14 with Storm v the Broncos — and fully expect Storm and Queensland Origin legend Cameron Smith to be wearing the No. 9.
WORLD RUGBY SEVENS — Men’s & Women’s
Exhilarating, compelling, instantaneous _ Rugby Sevens, where have you been all our armchair lives?
Sevens is the perfect modern-day sport, each 14-minute match featuring back-to-back action and plenty of tries. And it’s perfect for TV.
Included in must-see TV are: World Rugby Sevens January 26-27, with the men playing in Hamilton; and then the women from February 1-3 in Sydney. Kayo will stream live finals only; and then men’s on February 2-3.
If the 15-man version is more to your viewing pleasure — Six Nations starts February 1 — Kayo and Fox Sports have you covered.
For more information on what you can catch on Fox this summer go to, Foxtel.com.au and sign up for your 14-day free Kayo trial at kayosports.com.au.