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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 NRL Premiership 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.

NRL 2021 on Free to Air TV

The NRL Premiership is back, with several sides looking to take the title away from Melbourne Storm. The season will be back to normal with the Grand Final taking place in October and State Of Origin back to its mid-season slot.

Three games of each round will be broadcast on free to air with Nine. The competition began on Thursday, March 11th, with games taking place every weekend right up until the final on Sunday, October 3rd.

When: Mar 11th – Oct 3rd, 2021 (Sydney time)
Where: Australia and New Zealand

NRL 2021 Live Free to Air TV Fixtures (Sydney time)

Date Event Time Channel
Thu, Apr 15Broncos vs PanthersLIVE: 7.50pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
Fri, Apr 16Knights vs SharksLIVE: 6.00pmFoxtel / Kayo
Fri, Apr 16Storm vs RoostersLIVE: 7.55pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Sat, Apr 17Sea Eagles vs TitansLIVE: 3.00pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, Apr 17Rabbitohs vs TigersLIVE: 5.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, Apr 17Raiders vs EelsLIVE: 7.35pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sun, Apr 18Dragons vs WarriorsLIVE: 2.00pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sun, Apr 18 Cowboys vs BulldogsLIVE: 4.05pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo

Stream the NRL LIVE and Free!

Whilst you can find this year’s NRL on free to air TV (Nine), you can also watch every game Live or On Demand with Foxtel and Kayo Sports via the Fox Sports. This option also gives you the ideal opportunity to catch up on replays, whether it be at home on your TV or using a mobile device, along with access to a further four games per week that will not be available on free to air.

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 NRL 2020/21 replays with a range of game-changing features such as SplitView, No Spoilers and Kayo Minis.

Kayo Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Basic
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $15/mth
$15/mth
Min Cost - $15/month for first 12 mths, $25/month afterwards

Basic Plan for Telstra Live Pass customers
  • Redeem by 31/5. Telstra Live Pass customers only.
  • Basic Plan for Telstra Live Pass customers
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $5/mth
$5/mth
Min Cost - $5/month for first 12 mths, $25/month afterwards

Premium
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
Min Cost - $25/month for first 12 mths, $35/month afterwards

Basic
  • New Customers: 14 Day Trial
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • SD or HD, stream on two devices
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.

Premium
  • New Customers: 14 Day Trial
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • SD or HD, stream on three devices
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $35/mth
$35/mth
$0 for two-week free trial, $35 for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.

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Seven
Seven

Channel 7 is a leading provider of free to air sports and TV entertainment in Australia, and no better example is their stellar coverage on AFL and BBL cricket. With a big summer of cricket just around the corner, Seven is defiantly the place to be.

ABC
ABC

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.

Ten
Ten

Ten’s audience has broadened and its programming has expanded to match it, with Masterchef Australia drawing in millions of viewers as their flagship production. They also have the rights to some of Australia’s most popular sports, such as V8 Supercars, International Rugby and MotoGP.

Nine
Nine

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 Ninja Warrior Australia and Married At First Sight sharing space with huge live-to-air hits like the NRL premiership,  60 Minutes and A Current Affair.

SBS
SBS

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.

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 and NCIS, 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 free trial to check it out, and then proceed to cancel anytime.

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