How to watch very major NRL event live in Australia
Because finding out the what, where and when of every NRL game should never be trying.
This guide was produced by Reviews AU freelancer Adam Mathew.
When it comes to cracking a cold one and catching some footy on your telly, the game of watching has changed in the last couple of years. Yes, the NRL inked a $1.8 billion TV deal that was put into effect in 2016, but that’s not the end of what is a slightly more complex story.
Everything has been divvied up. For starters, screen junkies willing to pay a little bit more to endure fewer ads can get coverage of each and every game. Those on a budget can also catch a few of those as the Thursday Night, second Friday night and Sunday afternoon games in each round are simulcast to Channel Nine.
You should also know that the NRL season runs over the course of four weeks of finals after 25 home-and-away rounds, (literally) kicking off in the first week of March and culminating on the last Sunday of September.
Be that as it may, the following table will give you an outline until we know.
|1||Thursday night||7:50pm||Nine, Fox League|
|2||Friday evening||6:00pm||Fox League|
|3||Friday night||7:55pm||Nine, Fox League|
|4||Saturday afternoon||3:00pm||Fox League|
|5||Saturday evening||5:30pm||Fox League|
|6||Saturday night||7:35pm||Fox League|
|7||Sunday afternoon||4:05pm||Nine, Fox League|
|8||Sunday night||6:10pm||Fox League|
How to watch NRL in QLD, NSW, SA, NT, WA, VIC and TAS
Warring States of Play
Where you watch from will determine what’s available. If you’re in Queensland or New South Wales
you can expect to be lavished with the full range of NRL coverage from Fox and Channel Nine. However, any fans in South Australia and the Northern Territory won’t be catered to anywhere near as well.
South Australians once enjoyed a deal where the Sunday afternoon fixture and all three games were broadcast but delayed until midnight or the wee hours of the next day. Things have marginally improved here in recent years, however, as the Sunday match is now shown live.
That said, folks in what we like to call borderline NRL states – Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia – can get full coverage, though these free-to-air offerings will be delivered via GEM, instead of Nine.
The good news is that every NRL Finals match is set to be shown live across the country. Whether you only have the Nine Network to rely upon, or if you’re a paying Foxtel subscriber, you’re covered and all set! There’s one small caveat here, however, as the grand final game (and all of the State of Origin matches also) will only be screened on Channel Nine. You can thank an exclusive rights deal for that one.
Anybody who is going to be in a sans-TV environment will have little to worry about. Providing you have an Internet-enabled device you can get access to every game of the season via a digital subscription to either Kayo Sports or Foxtel Now. That said, the earlier mentioned limitation still applies – Channel Nine has exclusive dibs on the Grand Final match and all State of Origin content.
International fans from afar
The far-flung among you can still get their NRL fix by subscribing to Watch NRL. This imaginatively named service lets you stream all of the games live, from pretty much any continent you please. Visit WatchNRL.com for more specifics here.
Watch NRL pricing
|Final Series Pass||$79||$60||£48||€50|
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