The first ball of the eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) will be bowled on the 19th of December, with the 2019 tournament set to run for longer than ever before. Where the league was in the past restricted to just eight or ten rounds, this season will run for 14, enabling each team to play one another twice. With a whole lot more more fast-paced Big Bash action set to take place than in past seasons, 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 2019 Preview
The two sides which finished atop the table last season are expected to be thereabouts again, with the Adelaide Strikers looking to defend their maiden title and the Perth Scorchers hoping to continue their league dominance with a fourth title in six years. The Brisbane Heat are right alongside them, their explosive batting lineup expected to help them rise up the ladder after a seventh placed finish last season.
The next five sides – Hobart, the two Melbourne teams and the two Sydney teams – aren’t too far behind, and all have the capability of competing at the business end of the season. With each of the eight teams having reason to be optimistic and the longest season we’ve ever seen, this edition of the BBL is shaping up to be one that Australian Cricket fans are sure to remember with a variety of viewing options including:
- Foxtel (Fox Cricket): Every BBL Match LIVE
- Foxtel Now from Telstra: Every BBL Match LIVE
- Free to Air (ch. Seven): 43 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 59 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.
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.
Stream 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, which gives you access to Foxtel’s new 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.
Fox Cricket launched in September of 2018, and throughout the summer will provide enthusiasts with comprehensive coverage in Foxtel’s new 4K resolution. 4K uses twice 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.
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How to Watch the Big Bash on Free to Air
It should be noted that Australian free-to-air cricket providers no longer have the exclusive rights to the Big Bash League as they have in the past, with Network Seven only acquiring the broadcast rights to 43 BBL games this season. Those who don’t have access to Foxtel, however, won’t be left wanting, with a significant number of matches still available – including Big Bash free to air coverage of the semi-finals and final. The telecasts will be available to tune in to from the comfort of your living room, or stream Big Bash cricket live to eligible devices in standard definition through the 7Plus app.
How to Stream the WBBL Live
The 2018/19 summer of cricket will also see the fourth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) kick off, with the first match of the eight week series taking place on the first day of December. Of the 59 total matches set to be played over the course of the tournament, 23 will be shown live on Network Seven, Foxtel and Kayo Sports – including the all-important Semi-Finals and Final. The remaining 36 games can be streamed either through the Cricket Australia Live Pass app, or the Cricket Australia website.
Streaming the Big Bash 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 your web browser on Mac or PC, as well as iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, or you can download the app to iOS and Android devices, and Telstra TV.
Kayo also offers a 14 day free trial, and with no-lock in contract you can give it a go and cancel anytime. With a number of game-changing features to make the viewing experience even better, Kayo has you covered when it comes to streaming the BBL live.
BBL Live Australian TV Times
BBL Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
Big Bash Semi-Finals
Thursday 14 February: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars at 7.30pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Friday 15 February: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers at 7.40pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Big Bash Final
Sunday 17 February: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars at 2.00pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Friday 1 February: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers at 7.40pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 2 February: Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder at 7.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sunday 3 February: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat at 6.15pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sunday 3 February: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars at 9.15pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Thursday 7 February: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades at 7.40pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Friday 8 February: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars at 8.40pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 9 February: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers at 2.45pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 9 February: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes at 6.15pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sunday 10 February: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers at 2.45pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)