The Melbourne Storm, who play their home games at Aami Park, have been one of the best sides in the NRL for close to two decades now, and are looking to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet in 2020.
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 with a free trial.
Melbourne Storm History and Preview
The Melbourne Storm joined the NRL in 1998 following the founding of the club a year prior. The first, and to this day only, Victoria-based side in the league, the Storm have been hugely successful over their two decades in the NRL. Winning Premierships in 1999, 2012 and 2017, they also took out the Grand Final in 2007 and 2009 only to be later stripped of the titles for breaching the salary cap. That controversy erupted in 2010 and saw them stripped of their Premiership points that season, making it the only year in the last 16 that they haven’t played finals. As such, the Storm have enjoyed much success and heading into the 2020 premiership season they are once again touted to finish near the top of the table.
Melbourne Storm TV Rights and 2021 Broadcast Guide
Fortunately, there are several options for watching the Melbourne Storm 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 Melbourne Storm matches live during the 2021 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 2021 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 Melbourne Storm matches during the 2021 Premiership season. That’s every Melbourne Storm 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 are 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 Melbourne Storm 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 Melbourne Storm 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 Melbourne Storm 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.
Melbourne Storm Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
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Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. The Melbourne Storm on Free to Air (channel 9) does not offer full Melb Storm TV replays and is limited by the new NRL broadcasting agreement.
How to Watch the Melbourne Storm 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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NRL 2021 Free to Air vs Foxtel/Kayo TV Fixtures
As seen in the weekly TV line-up below, Foxtel (Fox League) and Kayo Sports will televise every NRL match live, and in HD where available, until the Grand Final. Channel Nine will televise a minimum of three live matches per week, with extra coverage of the games held on a holiday or for special events such as the 2021 State of Origin.
Thursday Night: Ch. 9/Foxtel/Kayo
Friday Evening: Foxtel/Kayo
Friday Night: Ch. 9/Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Afternoon: Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Evening: Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Night: Foxtel/Kayo
Sunday Game 1: Ch. 9/Foxtel/Kayo
Sunday Game 2: Foxtel/Kayo
Melbourne Storm Rivalries
The rivalry between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm was born partly out of a number of intense finals matches between the two, beginning with the 2007 Grand Final. Taking it to another level altogether, however, was the Battle of Brookvale, which occurred during a 2011 match-up between the two when the sides engaged in an enormous brawl. Ten players and two officials were ultimately charged for their roles, with both clubs also being fined $50,000. Unsurprisingly, there is still some lingering tension between the two sides.
The Storm developed a rivalry with the Brisbane Broncos in the earlier stages of the century thanks in large part to the numerous finals matches contested between the two. Between 2004 and 2009 the two met in the finals each year, with the Storm winning every game bar one – the 2006 Grand Final. The move of former Broncos assistant coach Craig Bellamy to the Storm for a head coach role contributed to furthering the rivalry. These matches always have plenty of bite, and there will be two opportunities to tune into the latest incarnation by streaming the NRL Storm online from a mobile device.
As the only New Zealand-based side in the league, the New Zealand Warriors are protective of their own, and the Storm’s fielding of numerous Kiwi players over the years has contributed to a strong rivalry between the two clubs. Since 2009 – with the exception of 2015 – the two have faced off in an ANZAC Day clash every year, a match which has typically been close and low scoring regardless of ladder position. The teams compete for the Michael Moore Trophy, named after the Storm’s inaugural football manager who fell to a tragic accident in Auckland in 2000.