Where to watch the Olympics and other multi-sports events in Australia

They may only roll around every couple of years, but the multi-sports events like the Summer and Winter Olympics have a new home in Australia.

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Nathan Lawrence
May 30, 2023
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Multi-sports is a rather bland umbrella term used to describe some of the biggest sporting events in the world. The term covers big-ticket events like the Olympic Games (both Summer and Winter), the Commonwealth Games and the Invictus Games. For all of your multi-sports viewing needs, you’re tuned into the right channel, and you don’t have to spend a cent to access some of the best sports streaming services for the Olympics.

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Watch Olympics online in Australia

Stream the Olympics for free on 9Now.

For a while now, 7plus has been the home of the Summer and Winter Olympics. But that’s set to change. While you can still watch event replays for recent Olympics on 7plus, the new streaming home for Olympic events is 9Now. Tune in to 9Now for the 2024 Paris Olympics, 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and 2032 Brisbane Olympics, plus the 2026 Milan and Cortana Olympics as well as the 2030 Winter Olympics (venue TBA).

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What about the Esports Olympics?

Esports is a big deal in the gaming space, and they’re so big these days that the Olympics has officially recognised digital athletes. The first Olympic Esports Series streamed on the official Olympics website in March 2023. The in-person finals event takes place in Singapore between 22 and 25 June 2023. Stream the finals in June for free on the official Olympics website.

Watch the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Australia

While the Russia-based Special Olympics World Winter Games were postponed and eventually cancelled, the Special Olympics World Sumer Games are still set to take place between 16 and 25 June 2023 in Germany. At the time of writing, it was unclear where the Berlin Games would be available for streaming in Australia.

Internationally, the Special Olympics World Sumer Games are set to stream on ESPN3. Use a virtual private network (VPN) service connected to a US server to access ESPN3 via a live TV service, including Hulu. Here’s a list of VPNs that worked well with streaming Hulu from Australia in my tests:

Watch the Invictus Games in Australia

Germany is getting a double dose of multi-sports events in 2023. The (postponed) Invictus Games are set to be held between 9 and 16 September 2023 in Dusseldorf, Germany. SBS On Demand is typically the streaming home of the Invictus Games, so tune in there to watch all the action.

Watch the Commonwealth Games in Australia

In October 2021, the Seven Network acquired the rights to stream the Commonwealth Games in Australia. While a broadcaster has yet to be officially announced for the 2026 Commonwealth Games (set to take place in March 2026 in Victoria, Australia), expect to watch them either on 7plus or 9Now if Channel 9’s recent Olympics broadcast deal is anything to go by.

At the time of writing, the only officially confirmed broadcast partner for the 2026 Commonwealth Games was Sky Television in New Zealand. Check out the list of VPNs below that offer servers in New Zealand:

Compare streaming services

Interested to see how the streaming services above stack up against the competition? Take a look at the table below for a comparison of your streaming options in Australia.

Service
Details
Monthly price
More info
Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
$17.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$7.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$12/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Hayu | Provider logoHayu Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth

Olympics Australia frequently asked questions

Whether you’re after the Summer or Winter Olympic Games, 9Now is the place to watch anything Olympics-related in Australia (via ad-supported streams).
If you’re after replays from past Olympics events, visit 7plus for available replays. For future Olympics events, 9Now is the place to stream.
Download 7plus on supported devices to watch event replays from recent Olympic Games. For future Olympics events, 9Now is the service to use. It has apps for iOS, Android, browsers and select smart TVs.
Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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