Free to Air

Free to Air TV in Australia

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.



Channel 7 is a leading provider of free to air sports and TV 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 South Africa Rugby 7’s TV Preview

Enjoy the action as the best sides in Men’s Rugby Sevens battle for the right to claim the biggest trophy in the sport. This year’s series continue to South Africa where it kicks off Saturday December 8th and concludes on Monday December 10th (AEDT), and Aussie fans can watch every match of the Rugby Sevens live online with Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now from Telstra.

When: December 8-10 (AEDT)
Where: Cape Town, South Africa

2018 Cape Town Rugby 7’s Live TV Times (AEDT)

Saturday 8 Dec Day 1 LIVE: 7.00pm – 5.30am (Fox Sports 501/Kayo)
Sunday 9 Dec Day 2 LIVE: 7.00pm – 5.30am (Fox Sports 501/Kayo)

Sat 8 Dec LIVE: Australia vs Wales at 7.37pm
Sat 8 Dec LIVE: Australia vs Canada at 10.58pm
Sun 9 Dec LIVE: Australia vs Scotland at 2.19am

Stream the Rugby 7’s LIVE and Free!

While you won’t find the 2018 Rugby Sevens on free to air TV in Australia, Fox Sports (Foxtel) and the newly launched Kayo Sports will carry every match LIVE, including Australia’s Pool D matches against Wales, Canada and Scotland, as well as the Finals starting December 9th.

Residents of Australia have the option of utilising the 14 day Kayo Sports Free voucher trial which has no lock-in contract. With Kayo you can watch your favourite team live online at home, and if you have to be out and about, you can stream the Rugby Sevens free using the trial before your expiry date.

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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. On top of that, the network also just launched their very own pay streaming service, 10 All Access.



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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