The first ball of the ninth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) will be bowled on the 17th of December, with the 2019/20 tournament set to run over the course of almost two months. This will be the second season in which each team will play one another twice for a total of fourteen rounds, compared to the eight or ten rounds which were held previously. With so much fast-paced Big Bash action set to take place, keeping on top of things won’t be easy; fortunately, with every ball set to be shown live both Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports, you won’t have to miss a minute.
Big Bash 2020 TV Preview
Last season it was the two Melbourne sides who played off for the Championship in the final, with the Renegades earning their first title after the Stars collapsed in their chase of a relatively modest total. The BBL09 season will showcase dozen’s of must-see matches, including a five match elimination Finals which will run from January 30th through February 8th.
As for formatting changes, the 2019/20 BBL season has expanded to sixty-one games, and will be played between December 17th and the 27th of January (41 days). The last round takes place during the Australia Day weekend, and the Big Bash Finals begin on January 30 and run across two weekends. Five teams will face off in a revamped finals format, with the teams that finish 4th and 5th meeting in a sudden-death match. This season the championship match takes place Saturday night, the 8th of February. With these intriguing changes, and so much national and international talent on show, this edition of the BBL is shaping up to be one that Australian Cricket fans are sure to remember. Fortunately, there are a variety of options for watching this year’s Big Bash including Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra, the Seven Network and Kayo Sports.
- Foxtel and Foxtel Now: Every BBL Match LIVE
- Foxtel from Telstra: Every BBL Match LIVE
- Free to Air (ch. Seven): 45 BBL Matches LIVE
- Cricket Live Pass: 36 WBBL Matches LIVE
- Kayo Sports Streaming: Every BBL Match LIVE
Watching the Big Bash Online with Foxtel
Fans of the Big Bash will be given plenty of opportunities to tune in to all the live action this summer. All 61 games of the season are set to be shown live and in 4K, the highest definition broadcasting ever seen, on Foxtel’s dedicated cricket channel, Fox Cricket. Foxtel IQ set-top box users will find Fox Cricket in the Sports HD Pack, which offers twelve unique sport channels all in High-Definition.
For those wanting more flexibility in the way they watch, a number of choices are available. The Foxtel Go app allows you to stream sport to your mobile or tablet, effectively offering free Big Bash streaming for current subscribers. Alternatively, Foxtel Now offers a variety of online options for watching the BBL live via a compatible PC, Mac, iOS or Android mobile devices, as well as Telstra TV, Chromecast, Playstation 4 and more. Foxtel Now is also currently offering a 10 day free trial, and should you decide to stay on you can enjoy it month-to-month with no lock in.
Stream the BBL Live with Telstra
Foxtel from Telstra is the latest way to access Foxtel’s range of premium sports action, including every second of every game of the Big Bash League. With Foxtel from Telstra, you can grab the Entertainment plus Sport pack for just $29 a month, a roughly 40% savings over Foxtel’s regular cost. This will give you access to Foxtel’s dedicated Fox Cricket channel and the choice of watching the BBL online from the comfort of home, or streaming this Cricket action free if you’re out and about.
Throughout the summer, Fox Cricket will provide enthusiasts with comprehensive coverage in Foxtel’s new 4K resolution. A total of thirteen BBL matches will air on Foxtel in 4K, which uses four times as many pixels as a High Definition broadcast, providing viewers with more immersive coverage, and customers with an iQ4 box and a 4K compatible TV will have access to every BBL game this season in this spectacular must-see broadcasting resolution.
How to Watch the Big Bash on Free to Air
Thanks to a six-year broadcasting agreement between Cricket Australia and Network Seven, free to air BBL coverage will continue at least until 2024, ensuring this popular T20 action is accessible to all Australians via either channel 7 or 7Mate. However, you won’t be able to stream the Big Bash using Seven’s online digital platform 7Plus, because those rights have been granted exclusively to Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
This season’s Big Bash free to air coverage on channel 7 and 7Mate will include 40 regular season matches, and every game of the playoffs, for a total of 45 live broadcasts. The Play-offs, which now includes an additional game named The Eliminator, will take place between January 30th and February 8th. The 45 BBL free to air telecasts will be available to tune in to from the comfort of your living room, on either Channel 7 (Sydney, Melbourne) or 7Mate (Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth).
How to Stream the WBBL Live
The 2019 summer of cricket saw the fifth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), with the eight week series concluding with the Finals on December 7th. Of the 59 matches that were played over the course of the tournament, 23 were shown live on Network Seven and Foxtel – including the all-important Semi-Finals and Final. A total of 36 games were available to stream either through the Cricket Australia Live Pass app, or the Cricket Australia website. If you were looking for the most complete coverage, Kayo Sports had all 59 WBBL matches LIVE with select games available on-demand.
Streaming the Big Bash Finals on Kayo Sports
Kayo, Australia’s newest sports mobile streaming service, will allow you to watch every minute of every game of the BBL on a number of devices. Simply sign up for either the Basic or Premium pack, and you’ll be able to watch on eligible mobile devices and browsers, including select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon.
Kayo also offers a 14 day free trial, and with no-lock in contract that requires no equipment or set-up fees, so can give it a go and cancel anytime. With a number of game-changing features including Key Moments, No Spoilers and Kayo ‘Minis’ which are condensed on demand cricket replays for those to want to catch up on the action they missed, Kayo has you covered when it comes to streaming the BBL live.
BBL Live Australian TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
Fixtures shown as Sydney time for the BBL which concludes with the Final on the 8th of February, adjust for regional differences.
|Saturday 8 February||Final – Sydney Sixers V Melbourne Stars||LIVE: 7.15pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Sunday 9 February||Bush Fire Cricket Bash T10||LIVE: 3.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Sunday 9 February||Final – Sydney Sixers V Melbourne Stars||Replay: 6.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
How to Stream the BBL in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming Big Bash Cricket matches? Let’s look at some of the most reliable streaming options available on the Aussie 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. 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 Cricket and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to the Foxtel Now Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Cricket, Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.