The Canberra Raiders, who play their home games at GIO Stadium, have spent much of their 22 seasons since the formation of the NRL as a mid-tier team, but last year they surprised everyone by advancing through to their first Grand Final since 1994.
Last season, they were knocked out in the preliminary finals by eventual Premiers, the Sydney Roosters, after a season in which they finished six points clear atop the ladder at the end of the regular season. Despite coming up just short for the second consecutive season, they will enter 2020 confident in their ability to challenge once again, and you can enjoy all the action at home on your TV, or when streaming the matches live to an eligible mobile device using the options listed below.
Canberra Raiders History and Preview
The Raiders were founded in 1981, joining what was then known as the NSWRFL the following year. A wooden spoon in their first season preceded a relatively slow start to life at the elite level, but in 1987 they made their first ever Grand Final and kick-started a hugely successful period for the club which would see them win three Premiership and make 11 finals series over the course of 12 years. Since the turn of the century things haven’t been quite so easy for the Raiders, but an impressive 2019 season saw them return to the biggest stage for the first time in a quarter of a century. In 2020 they’ll be hoping for more the same, and the team will head into the season as one of the favourites to take out the NRL Premiership.
Canberra Raiders TV Rights and 2020 Broadcast Guide
Fortunately, there are several options for watching the Canberra Raiders live in Australia, including the Nine Network, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports. Network Nine is the official NRL free to air broadcaster and will show a select number of Raiders’ matches live during the 2020 Premiership season across channel 9 and 9GEM. Nine’s TV coverage is headed by Erin Moran, alongside a commentary team made up of Andrew Johns, Billy Slater and James Bracey. Nine also offers live streaming options during the 2020 NRL season with the 9Now app, but these are limited to the games they broadcast and do not offer full match replays.
For comparison and as shown in the TV schedule below, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra, and Kayo Sports will televise all 20 Raiders’ matches during the 2020 Premiership season. That’s every Raiders’ game in every scheduled round shown live with no ad breaks during play, on their dedicated Fox League channel.
As well as these live matches and the option to watch replays at a later time, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports will also have a wide range of NRL programming that includes NRL Tonight, The Big League Wrap and the Late Show with Matty Johns. There’s lots of new faces in the studio this season as every live game will be fronted by Yvonne Sampson, Lara Pitt and Jess Yates, as they step up from smaller league shows. Match commentary has also been freshened up and now includes two former NRL giants in the shape of Cooper Cronk and Sam Burgess.
Watch the Raiders Live Online
If you enjoy Rugby League action then Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising all NRL teams and every Premiership round Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play before the Grand Final, including the contests not available on Free to Air TV.
So if you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox League you may wish to review the 10 day Foxtel Now trial, which offers rugby fans an opportunity to watch the Canberra Raiders online with compatible internet connected devices. Eligible platforms include PC, Mac, iOS or Android mobile devices, as well as Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, Playstation 4 and more. Foxtel Now can also be renewed month-to-month, requires no set-up fees and can be accessed instantly.
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Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo trial, you will have access to these same NRL broadcasts as Fox League. That’s every game of every round LIVE, with no ad breaks during play so you can stream the Canberra Raiders live using compatible mobile devices (Grand Final excluded). Devices include 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 browsers.
Kayo also has no lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. For fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20-minute recap after play has concluded. Other game changing features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView, NoSpoilers and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
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Canberra Raiders LIVE TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Sat, Sep 26||Sharks vs Raiders||LIVE: 5.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri, Oct 2 – Sun, Oct 4||Qualifying Finals||LIVE: TBC||Foxtel / Kayo / Nine|
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. The Canberra Raiders on Free to Air (channel 9) does not offer full Raiders TV replays and is limited by the new NRL broadcasting agreement.
How to Watch the Canberra Raiders While Overseas
Watch NRL, the streaming service from Fox Sports, allows rugby league fans outside of Australia to watch every minute of every game LIVE and ad-free, as well as providing access to all of the most important NRL shows. The service can be paid for either weekly ($20), monthly ($39) or yearly ($199), or you can simply buy a finals series pass meaning you can tailor your subscription to suit your needs. If you only need access during the finals series, the finals series pass is a great value option.
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