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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.

2019 Rugby World Cup on Free to Air TV

Enjoy the action as the best sides in World Rugby battle for the right to claim the biggest trophy in the sport. This edition of the Rugby World Cup will be seen in stadiums across Japan, starting from September 20th and concluding on November 2nd, for a total of 48 fixtures including the Finals. Australia enters the runner-up having lost to the All Blacks in the final match last time out, and will be hard pushed once again by New Zealand, as well as South Africa, Wales and their rivals from England. Fortunately fans can enjoy watching the 2019 Rugby World Cup live with the streaming service Kayo Sports (every match), as well as on Channel Ten, Ten Play and Ten Bold (select games).

Channel 10’s Rugby World Cup coverage will initially be headlined by the opener between Japan and Russia (Sept 20), and every Wallabies Group game. In the knock-out stage, the network will televise two of the quarter-final games, both semi-finals, the bronze match as well as the Final. A total of eleven live matches have been listed in the Channel Ten TV guide at this time.

When: Sept 20th – Nov 2nd (Sydney time)
Where: Venues in Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019 Live Free-to-Air TV Fixtures (Sydney time)

Date Event Time Channel
Saturday October 26 SF1: England v New Zealand 7.00pm Ten / Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 27 October SF2: Wales v South Africa 8.00pm Foxtel / Kayo
Friday 1 November Third-Place Play-Off 8.00pm Ten / Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 2 November Final 8.00pm Ten / Foxtel / Kayo

Stream the Rugby World Cup LIVE and Free!

While you won’t find every match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on free to air TV in Australia, with the network limited to just 11 fixtures, Kayo Sports will carry every match LIVE, to include all Group games and the finals, with an option to watch the 2019 World Cup live online.

As such Australian residents may wish to review the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial offer. With the Kayo trial you will have access to all the Foxtel Rugby World Cup programming and can stream the World Cup free using eligible mobile devices, and with their on-demand replay options you never need to miss a key moment of the action no matter when it airs.


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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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