If you were flicking through the channels trying to find the WGC Mexico Championship on TV you were out of luck. It wasn’t shown on TV at all but on a new streaming golf service.
For 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 was exclusively being broadcast into Australia through GOLFTV – for $9.99 a month (or $89.99 a year).
And it has drawn the ire of many Australian golf fans.
And it annoyed golf fans without Foxtel who are again being forced to pay to watch big tournament 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 sign up online or via the app with a number of different subscription plans.
You could say it’s the PGA Tour’s way to take back control of their 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 – 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 and switching over to Kayo and GOLFTV to make sure I’ve got all sports covered, including golf.
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 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.