Free to Air TV in Australia

Free to air
There are more than two-dozen Free to Air channels in Australia (also known as Free View) including the five major channels presented below, ABC, SBS, Seven, Nine and Ten. The content found on Free to Air TV, whether it be Sports such as the Rugby World Cup or a popular television series, are either developed in-house, contracted through a partnership with their regional affiliate, or purchased through an open bidding process with competing carriers for the program’s broadcast rights.
Seven Network


Channel 7 is a leading provider of free to air sports and entertainment in Australia, and no better example was the Summer Olympics held in Rio. The action was exclusive to Seven with over 1,000 hours of Live free to air coverage.

2018 FFA Cup TV Preview

Enjoy the action as 32 teams battle for the right to claim one of the biggest trophy’s in the sport. This year’s event kicks off on July 25th and continues until the Final on October 31, and Aussie fans can watch the below listed matches of the FFA Cup 2018 online and LIVE with Foxtel Now.

When: July 25 – October 31 (AEST)
Where: Australia

2018 FFA Cup Quarter-Finals Live TV Times (AEST)

Wed 19 September LIVE: Avondale FC v Sydney FC at 7.30pm (Fox Sports)

Watch or Stream 2018 the FFA Cup Live!

While you won’t find the FFA Cup on free to air TV in Australia, Fox Sports (Foxtel) will televise one match per the Round of 32 LIVE, as the top domestic clubs do battle at iconic stadiums throughout Australia.

So take a moment to review the Foxtel Sports Combo which currently has no lock-in contract if trialled by September 17. With the Sports Combo you can watch the scheduled LIVE matches at home, or if you’re out you can stream the FFA Cup free to mobile devices with the Foxtel App.



Australia’s revered Free to Air Broadcaster has, for decades, brought both entertainment and fiercely independent news & current affairs to the entire nation, from capital cities to the smallest outback towns. Making the most of its often limited funds, the ABC has long been one of the most trusted institutions in the country.


Australia’s youngest commercial TV network, Ten was seen as the home of the juggernaut singing contest Australian Idol and the Aussie version of Big Brother. More recently, Ten’s audience has broadened and its programming has expanded to match it, with Masterchef Australia drawing in millions of viewers as the flagship local production. Much of channel Ten’s television content is sourced from overseas these days, but there’s still plenty of local flavour, not the least from Neighbours – one of the longest-running drama series in the history of television.


Known as the pioneer of live entertainment in Australia, Nine spent decades as the most popular TV network in the country. The Nine Network of today has high-budget shows such as Underbelly and Australia’s Got Talent sharing space with huge live-to-air hits like the Telstra NRL premiership, the morning news show Today along with 60 Minutes and A Current Affair, as well as reality show juggernaut The Block – which attracts millions of viewers to every episode.



Arriving in 1980, SBS started life as a government-funded alternative public broadcaster with a brief to provide programming for Australia’s large and ever-expanding multicultural population. In recent years it’s expanded on that original concept, and while they still provide a vast array of programs and news services in various languages, SBS places a strong emphasis on entertainment as well. The network is also famous for its international TV programming – a selection of movies from around the globe.
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