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.
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 Women’s World Cup TV Preview

Enjoy the action as the ten best sides in Women’s Cricket battle for the right to claim one of the biggest trophy’s in the sport. This year’s event kicks off on November 10th and concludes with the Final on November 24th (AEDT), and Aussie fans can watch the below listed matches of the Women’s T20 World Cup online and LIVE with Foxtel Now from Telstra.

When: November 10-24 (AEDT)
Where: West Indies

2018 T20 World Cup Live TV Times (AEDT)

Wednesday Nov 14 LIVE: Australia vs NZ 10.30am – 2.30pm (9GEM/Fox 501)
Sunday Nov 18 LIVE: Australia v India 1.30am – 5.30am (9GEM/Fox 501)
Friday Nov 23 LIVE: Semi-finals TBC v TBC 10.30am (9GEM/Fox 501)
Sunday Nov 25 LIVE: World Cup Final TBC v TBC 10.30am (9GEM/Fox 501)

Watch or Stream the Women’s T20 World Cup Live!

While you won’t find all matches of the Women’s T20 World Cup on free to air TV in Australia, Fox Sports (Foxtel) will televise every match LIVE and in 4K, to include the Aussie Men’s Cricket series against South Africa (Nov 4-17).

Residents of Australia have the option of utilising the Foxtel from Telstra Sports combo. With the Sports combo you can watch Cricket live on your big screen, and if you have to be out and about, you can stream the T20 World Cup free using the Foxtel Go app.

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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.



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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