The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 19th edition, and tips off on the 31st of August in China. With Australia fresh off an historic victory over the USA in a warm-up clash there is increased excitement surrounding the Boomers, and you won’t have to miss a minute of the action when watching at home on TV or streaming live to a range of mobile devices using the options listed in this guide.
2019 Basketball World Cup and Aussie Boomers TV Preview
The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will see 32 teams from around the globe compete, a significant increase on the 24 who played in previous versions of the event. Eight pools of four teams will compete against one another, with the top two from each advancing to the Second Group Stage, where four new pools of four teams will be formed. Again, each side will play those in the same pool once, with the top two from each pool advancing to the Knockout Phase. The USA will, as usual, head in as favourites, but after a huge swathe of talent decided to focus their attention on the upcoming NBA season and opted out of the tournament, they appear far more vulnerable than they might have. Teams like Serbia, Greece, Spain, and of course the Aussies will be looking forward to the prospect of upsetting a USA team which has dominated the last two editions of the tournament.
When: 31 August – 15 September
As the best Australian player in the world, Ben Simmons’ decision not to play in the World Cup was disappointing, but with a number of NBA players and numerous other talented pieces, the Australian national squad is still a strong chance of going deep in the tournament as evidenced by their stunning win over the USA in the lead-up to the event. Joe Ingles is a bonafide NBA starter for the Utah Jazz while all of Patty Mills, Matthew Dellevadova, Aron Baynes and Andrew Bogut have won Championships at the top level, and the experience and talent of these guys should hold the Boomers in good stead. They have a tricky Group Stage to negotiate that includes Canada, Senegal and Lithuania, but they will justifiably feel confident in their ability to advance out of it, and are a great chance to do some damage in the Knockout Phase.
Australia Boomers Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Friday, 13 September||Australia v Spain||6.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday, 15 September||Australia v France||6.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per broadcasting rights there is no FIBA World Cup or Aussie Boomers free to air provider in Australia. Complete 2019 Basketball World Cup TV fixtures listed below the display.
Watch or Stream the Aussie Boomers and FIBA World Cup Live
There is no Basketball World Cup free to air provider currently in Australia, but Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) will be broadcasting all 92 games over the sixteen days, LIVE, in HD, with no ad-breaks during play and the option to stream the Aussie Boomers online.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial, which has no lock-in contract and will televise the each and every game LIVE via the Fox Sports channel. Kayo offers live Basketball World Cup streaming options with eligible mobile devices and browsers, including select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon.
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Basketball World Cup 2019 Live TV List
|Saturday 14 September||USA v Poland||6.00pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Saturday 14 September||Serbia v Czech Republic||10.00pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Sunday 15 September||Australia v France||6.00pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Sunday 15 September||Spain v Argentina||10.00pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
How to Stream the Aussie Boomers Online
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the Aussie Boomers and other Basketball World Cup games? Let’s look at some of the most popular streaming options available on the Australian market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Google Chromecast Ultra version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to HD. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video or on demand replays including Kayo Sports, which have the entire FIBA World Cup. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming the Boomers and other favourite teams on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.
Team Canada vs Boomers
Like many teams at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Canada won’t have access to their best possible roster, with the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray and Shae Gilgeous-Alexander not putting their hands up for selection. They will, however, still boast a number of NBA level players in the form of Cory Joseph, Kelly Olynyk and Khem Birch, and have plenty of former college stars at their disposal as well. Adding to their potency is head coach Nick Nurse, fresh off a title in his debut season as coach of Toronto, and his presence alongside a solid starting roster gives them some chance of advancing out of the Group Stage.
Senegal Lions vs Boomers
The least favoured team in the dangerous Group H, Senegal aren’t expected to be able to compete with the three sides against whom they’ve been pitted in the Group Stage, but they do head into the tournament with some solid form. Led by Gorgui Dieng of the 2019 NBA All Stars and Minnesota Timberwolves, they won ten of their 12 matches in the qualifiers, but unfortunately he won’t be a part of the final squad to head to China. Being lumped in a group with three solid teams means it is unlikely that they’ll be able to challenge for a spot in the second round, but they’ll relish the opportunity to play against quality opposition in every outing.
Team Lithuania vs Boomers
Australia’s most talented opposition in the Group Stage, Lithuania have been a dangerous outfit for a number of years now, and testament to that is their appearance in two Bronze Medal Games at the previous two World Cup’s. Alongside a contingent of stars from dominant Lithuanian club BC Zalgiris – which has won 22 of 27 titles in the Lithuanian Basketball League and finished second in the other five – they will be headed by an NBA frontcourt combination of Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas, who form arguably the most potent big man duo at the tournament. The number six side in the world, they will be expecting to advance out of the Group Stage and will likely be competing alongside Australia and Canada for a spot in the top two, and you need not miss a minute when watching the FIBA World Cup live.