Kayo Sports not working with VPN

If you have a good VPN, you can log in to your Kayo Sports account and stream NRL, AFL, Cricket, Formula 1, Soccer, Football, Golf and heaps of other sports, from anywhere in the world. However, if you have a cheap or bad, VPN you might find that Kayo Sports detects you’re using a VPN and blocks you from streaming.

Note (2/9/20): Kayo Sports is currently blocking ExpressVPN. I recommend taking advantage of the 30-day money-back guarantee offers from Ivacy ($2.25/month)Private Internet Access ($2.85/month) or NordVPN ($2.99/month) to watch Kayo Sports from outside Australia risk-free.

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How to watch Kayo Sports outside Australia: Quick guide

  1. Get a VPN with a 30-day money-back guarantee ExpressVPN ($6.66/month) or Ivacy ($2.25/month)
  2. Download and install the app on your device
  3. Connect to a server in Australia
  4. Go to https://kayosports.com.au/ or open the Kayo app
  5. Stream Kayo Sports from anywhere in the world

How does Kayo Sports detect VPNs?

The theory is pretty simple. VPNs let you spoof your IP addresses to different countries. If you use a VPN with servers in Australia, then you can connect to that server and stream Kayo Sports. In reality, things are different.

That’s because Kayo Sports uses AWS (Amazon Web Services) as its VDS (video distribution service), which is problematic for VPNs, and AWS actively blocks known VPN IP addresses from accessing its streams. 

The way AWS detects VPNs is pretty simple. It measures the number of users connected to its servers from the same IP address. And because VPNs share their servers (IP addresses) with an abnormally high number of users, it makes it easy for AWS to detect IP addresses that belong to VPNs.

The workaround is simple. You need to upgrade to a VPN that restricts the number of users it loads on each server below AWS’s threshold.

I’ve been using ExpressVPN ($6.99/month) and Ivacy ($2.25/month) to access geo-blocked content since May 2018.

How to watch Kayo Sports outside Australia

The section above is a technical way of saying “Kayo Sports can detect (some) VPNs” and is, therefore, unable to confirm your location, which results in you not be able to access Kayp Sports. 

If you want to watch Kayo Sports from outside Australia using a VPN you have a couple of options.

The first is simple: switch to a different Australian server. Each VPN server will have its own unique IP address, and if you’re lucky, the new server won’t be blacklisted by Kayo Sports. 

The second is more drastic. You need to upgrade your VPN to one that doesn’t have IP addresses that are blacklisted by Kayo Sports and AWS. I recommend using ExpressVPN ($6.66/month) or Ivacy ($2.25/month) – both offer 30-day money-back guarantees.

Which VPNs still work with Kayo Sports?

The battle between Kayo Sports and VPNs is like an ongoing game of Cat and Mouse. Kayo Sports’s VDS constantly tries to detect and blacklist IP addresses that belong to VPNs. While (good) VPNs continuously monitoring their servers to make sure they work with Kayo Sports (and US Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video, etc.) to keep their customers happy.

Below, I’ve listed three high-end VPNs that, from my tests, are able to consistently beat AWS’ VPN bans.

  1. ExpressVPN ($6.66/month)
  2. Ivacy ($2.25/month)
  3. NordVPN ($2.99/month)

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