The Sydney Roosters became the most successful team in NRL last year, separating themselves from the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos with another Grand Final win, their fourth in the past two decades. They will head into the 2020 season as favourites but will have plenty of competition from the likes of Melbourne Storm, the Rabbitohs and a number of potential outside challengers.
The season is set to get underway again from May 28th, and hanks 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 streaming NRL matches live to your mobile device.
NRL 2020 TV Broadcasting Highlights
The Roosters were able to hold off a Canberra Raiders side looking for an inaugural NRL Premiership in last year’s Grand Final, and they won’t be lacking for confidence about their chances of pulling off a three-peat. 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 rounds of Rugby League action. The number of rounds for this year’s competition has actually been reduced to 20 as opposed to the usual 24, due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) disruption. The NRL Grand Final will now take place on the revised date of Saturday, October 24th, with the 2020 State of Origin series set to start in November and not during the NRL season as is usually the case.
NRL on Aussie TV: Review the Options
No matter what the 2020 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 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
- Kayo Sports streaming: Every NRL game live (excluding Grand Final)
- NRL Live Pass: Every NRL game live (excluding Grand Final)
- The NRL in 4K Ultra HD: Over 40 premiership matches live
NRL 2020 Premiership season 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 Sports are:
|Thu, Sep 17||Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs||LIVE: 7.50pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Nine|
|Fri, Sep 18||Cowboys vs Panthers||LIVE: 6.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Fri, Sep 18||Eels vs Broncos||LIVE: 7.55pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Nine|
|Sat, Sep 19||Sea Eagles vs Titans||LIVE: 3.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sat, Sep 19||Storm vs Tigers||LIVE: 5.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sat, Sep 19||Roosters vs Sharks||LIVE: 7.35pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sun, Sep 20||Raiders vs Warriors||LIVE: 2.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sun, Sep 20||Knights vs Dragons||LIVE: 4.05pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Nine|
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.
How to Watch the NRL Online with Foxtel
Fans of the NRL will have plenty of opportunities to catch the action, with every game of the 2020 season (grand final excluded) broadcast live, in High Definition and ad-break free during play on Foxtel, and with over 40 games in 4K Ultra HD. In addition to their standard set-top box service, Foxtel Now allows you to watch the NRL live online direct to a compatible PC, MAC, tablet or gaming console, without the extra equipment or set-up fees.
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.
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The NRL on Telstra options
Telstra offers another way to keep on top of every minute of the NRL here in 2020, 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, 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.
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The NRL on Free to Air TV
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, 2020. 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.
How to Stream the NRL Live and Free with Kayo
Kayo is Australia’s first sports-dedicated mobile streaming service, and offers every game and every round LIVE, with no ad breaks during play during the NRL season (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 sports 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.
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What does the NRL Live Pass Deliver?
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.
Is the NRL available 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 40 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.