The Sydney Roosters became the most successful team since the league became national, joining the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos with three Grand Final wins in the past two decades. They will head into 2019 as favourites, but will have plenty of competition from the likes of the Storm, the Rabbitohs, the Broncos, the Panthers and a few likely surprises.
Thanks to a variety of viewing options here in Australia, you can enjoy every minute of the action from the comfort of home on your TV, or when streaming the NRL matches live to a mobile device.
NRL 2019 Live TV and Streaming Options
The Roosters were able to hold off a Melbourne Storm side looking for back-to-back Premierships in last year’s Grand Final, and after bolstering their line-up they won’t be lacking for confidence about their chances of doing it again. That being said, there are a number of teams sporting new-look squads and a whole lot of question marks as a result, which should make for a fascinating twenty-five rounds of Rugby League action including more than one surprise side waiting in the wings. Among the more notable regular season contests include a huge Easter weekend of great matches, a pair of Anzac Day clashes, ‘Magic Round’ during R9 at Suncorp Stadium as well as this year’s State of Origin series, the 38th edition of ‘mate vs mate’.
|Game I||Wednesday 5 June||Brisbane||8.10pm (AEST)|
|Game II||Sunday 23 June||Perth||7.50pm (AEST)|
|Game III||Wednesday 10 July||Sydney||8.10pm (AEST)|
But no matter what the 2019 NRL TV coverage delivers one thing is guaranteed, there’s now more ways than ever to watch your favourite team or players including the choice of streaming options listed here.
- Foxtel Now online: Every NRL game live (excluding Grand Final)
- Telstra: Every NRL game live (excluding the Grand Final)
- Free to Air: Three NRL games live each round
- NRL Live Pass: Every NRL game live (excluding Grand Final)
- Kayo Sports streaming: Every NRL game live (excluding Grand Final)
- The NRL in 4K Ultra HD: Over 40 premiership matches live
The NRL Live Online with Foxtel Now
Fans of the NRL will have plenty of opportunities to catch the action, with every game of the 2019 season (grand final excluded) broadcast live, in High Definition and ad-break free on Foxtel Now. Foxtel Now allows you to watch the NRL live online direct to a compatible PC, MAC, tablet or gaming console.
With Foxtel Now you also have the choice of using the Foxtel Go app, which means you have the option to stream the NRL free to an eligible mobile device if it is needed, including iOS 9.3.5 or above, Android 5 or above, as well as PC (Chrome browsers) and Mac (Safari and Chrome). Simply select the Sports pack and every game of the regular season and finals series will both be available to watch whether at home or out and about. Additionally, Foxtel Now is currently offering a 10 days free trial so you can check it out before you decide.
Watching the NRL Live with Telstra
Telstra offers another way to keep on top of every minute of the NRL here in 2019, with only the grand final excluded from viewing. With Telstra, you can grab the Entertainment plus Sport pack for just $29 a month, a saving of roughly 40% over Foxtel’s regular cost, and have access to all the Fox Sports channels as well as ESPN of Australia and beIN Sports. All in all, Foxtel from Telstra offers exactly the same product as its Foxtel counterpart – but is currently available at a reduced cost. Hard to argue with that.
Alternatively, if you’re an existing Telstra subscriber you can take full advantage of the Kayo Sports free trial as well as an extra 2 months for just $5, and start streaming the NRL live using an eligible mobile device. With Kayo from Telstra you’ll get a never-ending assortment of live and on-demand action. Kayo offers over 50 sports, including the NRL, Cricket, Aussie Rules, international and domestic Rugby and much more.
How to watch the NRL on Free to Air
Network Nine is the official NRL free to Air TV broadcaster in Australia, but due to licensing rights not every game will be available. Channel 9 will offer three matches per round, at a minimum, as well as every game of the finals series including the Grand Final, exclusively, on 6 October, 2019. As a guide Network Nine will broadcast the Thursday evening match, the later game on Friday, the early match on Sunday and any that fall on a public holiday such as Anzac Day (April 25). Channel Nine also have exclusive rights to the hugely popular State of Origin series which kicks off in Brisbane (Suncorp Stadium) on June 5th.
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Streaming with the NRL Live Pass
The NRL Live Pass offers an alternative way to watch the matches, though it does have some limitations. The main benefit is for Telstra customers, who can download the NRL Live Pass to their mobile or tablet for free and stream without using any data. Non-Telstra customers will have to pay either a weekly, monthly or annual subscription fee though, while other limitations include a 7” size restriction on your viewing screen and no coverage of the NRL Grand Final due to the current broadcasting agreement.
Stream the NRL Free and Live with Kayo Sports
Kayo is Australia’s first sports-dedicated mobile streaming service, and will allow you to watch every minute of every game of the NRL on a number of devices (grand final excluded). Simply sign up for either the Basic or Premium plan, 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, as well as with Telstra TV.
Kayo broadcasts over 50 unique sporting codes live or on-demand, and in High Definition. It offers everything you’d be able to find on Foxtel in the way of sport – including all Fox Sports channels, ESPN, and beIN Sports. Kayo also offers a 14 day free trial with no-lock in contract so you can give it a go and cancel anytime. With a number of game-changing features such as the Split-view and Pause/Rewind options, a thorough review of Kayo reveals that they have you covered when it comes to streaming the NRL live.
NRL 2019 LIVE TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
The complete list of contests scheduled in this NRL round, including the matches that are exclusive to Foxtel and Kayo are:
|Thurs June 13||LIVE: Raiders v Sharks||7.50pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri June 14||LIVE: Titans v Warriors||6.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri June 14||LIVE: Cowboys v Wests Tigers||7.55pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat June 15||LIVE: Storm v Knights||3.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat June 15||LIVE: Rabbitohs v Panthers||5.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat June 15||LIVE: Eels v Broncos||7.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun June 16||LIVE: Sea Eagles v Dragons||2.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun June 16||LIVE: Roosters v Bulldogs||4.05pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. NRL matches on Free to Air include ad-breaks, and do not offer full replays per broadcasting agreement.
Watching NRL Matches in 4K Ultra HD
In addition to the standard viewing options listed above, Foxtel have launched a dedicated 4K TV channel – channel 444 – on which it will broadcast a variety of sport including more than forty NRL matches live in Ultra HD coverage. This includes a whopping nine games in May, five matches in each of June, July and August, and four to close out the ladder in September. To access this channel and get the most out of the experience, subscribers will need to have an iQ4 set-top box and a 4K compatible TV. If you’ve got that sorted and have a subscription to the Foxtel Sports + HD pack, all you need to do is flick to channel 444 and enjoy the action.