If you were flicking through the channels trying to find the WGC Mexico Championship this morning on Foxtel or free-to-air TV you were out of luck.
For perhaps the first time in over a decade, a PGA Tour, European Tour, WGC or major was not available through traditional TV broadcasters in Australia.
Instead the WGC Mexico Championship is exclusively being broadcast into Australia through GOLFTV – for $9.99 a month (or $89.99 a year).
And it has drawn the ire of a number of Australian golf fans.
And it’s annoyed golf fans without Foxtel who are again being forced to pay to watch big tournament professional golf.
So what is GOLFTV anyway?
GOLFTV is an online collaboration between the PGA Tour and Discovery and Australia is one of the first places to get access. You can get access by signing up online or via the app with a number of different subscription options.
You could say it’s the PGA Tour’s way to take back control of their own product and present it the way they want to be presented.
But what do you get? OR more importantly, what don’t you get?
You get access to plenty of video content including a live stream of every PGA Tour tournament, including the WGC events.
But you don’t get to watch the majors. For that you’ll need to have access to FoxSports (or Foxtel Go).
Or you can sign up Foxtel’s new sports streaming channel, Kayo Sports.
But just to make things even more confusing, Kayo Sports does not stream the PGA Tour. It was the one notable omission when it was launched and clearly the PGA Tour did not grant Foxtel the rights to stream their product on Kayo Sports.
UPDATE: One reason we hadn’t signed up to Kayo as there wasn’t any PGA Tour logo or evidence it was showing the PGA Tour. As some of our readers told us, it IS streaming the PGA Tour, and we had confirmation from Kayo Sports on Twitter.
We show it live, but no On-Demand.
— Kayo Sports Help (@kayosports_help) March 6, 2019
Personally, I’ve been toying with the idea of ditching Foxtel altogether and switching over to Kayo and GOLFTV to make sure I’ve got all sports, and golf covered.
Expect to see more of this in future from the big international sporting organisations as a way to control their own product and of course to increase revenue.
For now, golf fans who could not afford to get access to FoxSports to watch the golf now at least have a cheaper option to see the PGA Tour. For golf fans with FoxSports it’s an annoying development that means we’re going to have to pay more to watch the WGC events.