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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 a key sporting event such as the Bledisloe 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.

2020 Australian Open on Free to Air TV

Enjoy all the action as the best players from the world of tennis go head to head for the right to claim one of the biggest trophies in the sport. This edition of the Australian Open will see tennis fans once again filling out the arenas at Melbourne Park, from Monday, January 20th to Sunday, February 2nd, to watch their favourite players including Australia’s Ashleigh Barty compete for singles, doubles and wheelchair titles. Tennis fans can catch every key moment of the 2020 edition on Channel Nine and 9Now, the official Australian Open free to air broadcasters.

Channel Nine’s Australian Open coverage will start from 11am on January 20th, 2020. Every game, from the first round until the final, will be broadcast live. Games at the Australian Open are often played well into the evening due to the summer heat, so tennis fans can expect up to 12 hours of tennis every day throughout the whole tournament. All finals will take place across the final weekend of the Open, from February 1st to February 2nd.

Nine’s coverage will be presented by James Bracey, Rebecca Maddern and Tony Jones, with in-game commentary from some real legends of the game such as John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Todd Woodbridge and Lleyton Hewitt. There are also a few technological changes to this year’s competition, with electric line technology being introduced for the first time across all courts, meaning it’s not just the big guns who will benefit from those close calls. Add to that a 360° degree matrix style panoramic camera and this year’s Australian Open is set to go to an entirely new level for home viewers.

When: Jan 20th – Feb 2nd (Sydney time)
Where: Melbourne Park

Australian Open 2020 Live Free to Air TV Fixtures (Sydney time)

Monday 20 JanuaryAU Open 1st Round
LIVE: From 11.00amNine / 9now
Tuesday 21 January AU Open 1st Round LIVE: From 11.00am
Nine / 9now
Wednesday 22 January AU Open 2nd Round
LIVE: From 11.00am
Nine / 9now
Thursday 23 January AU Open 2nd Round LIVE: From 11.00am
Nine / 9now
Friday 24 January AU Open 3rd Round
LIVE: From 11.00am
Nine / 9now
Saturday 25 January AU Open 3rd Round
LIVE: From 11.00am
Nine / 9now
Sunday 26 January AU Open 4th Round
LIVE: From 11.00am Nine / 9now
Monday 27 January AU Open 4th Round LIVE: From 11.00am Nine / 9now
Tuesday 28 January AU Open Quarter Finals LIVE: From 11.00am Nine / 9now
Wednesday 29 January AU Open Quarter Finals LIVE: From 11.00am Nine / 9now
Thursday 30 JanuaryAU Open Semi FinalsLIVE: From 11.00am Nine / 9now
Friday 31 January AU Open Semi Finals LIVE: From 3.00pm Nine / 9now
Saturday 1 February AU Open Women’s FinalLIVE: From 11.15am Nine / 9now
Sunday 2 FebruaryAU Open Men’s Final LIVE: From 4.00pmNine / 9now

Stream the ATP Tour LIVE and Free!

While you can find this year’s Australian Open on free to air TV (Channel 9 and 9Now), the majority of the ATP Tour will only be available LIVE on Foxtel and Kayo Sports. Foxtel and Kayo Sports will be your home of men’s tennis in 2020, with three Grand Slams available live and in High Definition, as well as nine ATP 1000 events, 13 ATP 500 events and the end of year ATP World Tour Finals held in London during November.

So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to check out the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial which offers the exact same telecasts and coverage as Foxtel. With Kayo you can stream the ATP Tennis Tour live using eligible mobile devices, and with their split-view feature you can catch up to four Live events at the same time.

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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.


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. With the arrival of SBS World Movies, a free-to-air HD channel dedicated to international cinema, SBS’ film offering will soon be unparalleled.

10 All Access
10 All Access

Launched in partnership with CBS in the US, 10 All Access mobile streaming is Network Ten’s online service that features all the best shows from 10 and CBS delivered live and on demand. This lineup includes hit TV series such as The Bachelor, Survivor, NCIS, The Good Wife, plus late night shows and live news that you can catch commercial-free. Not only can you stream classic favourites, but you can also watch new releases even before they hit free to air. You can kick things off with a 1-month free trial to check it out, and then proceed to cancel anytime.

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