How to Stream 2019 NRL Live or Watch on Free to Air


NRL streaming live on free to air TV

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 Preview

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 with the addition of young second-rower Angus Crichton will be feeling good about their chances of doing it again. This off-season was one of the busiest in recent memory, and 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. Among the more notable 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
Game II – Sunday 23 June, Perth
Game III – Wednesday 10 July, Sydney

But no matter what the 2019 NRL premiership delivers one thing is guaranteed, there’s now more ways than ever to watch your favourite team or players including the variety of 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 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.

Watch 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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Watch Rugby League 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 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 option to make the experience even better, Kayo has 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 April 25 LIVE: Roosters v Dragons at 4.05pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Thurs April 25 LIVE: Storm v Warriors at 7.50pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Fri April 26 LIVE: Bulldogs v Cowboys at 6.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fri April 26 LIVE: Panthers v Rabbitohs at 7.55pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat April 27 LIVE: Wests Tigers v Titans at 5.30pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat April 27 LIVE: Broncos v Sharks at 7.35pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sun April 28 LIVE: Sea Eagles v Raiders at 2.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sun April 28 LIVE: Knights v Eels at 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.

2019 NRL Pre-Season TV Highlights

Before the proper 2019 NRL season commenced, there was a good amount of high-quality Rugby League action. Starting with the NRL All-Stars, which this year was contested by the Australian Indigenous All-Stars and the New Zealand Maori Kiwis, the match kicked off a stellar weekend of Rugby action which ended with the World Club Challenge on Monday. During which the Roosters were successful in tying the Wigan Warriors, the team they faced in this match, for the most World Club titles with four total. A couple of weeks later was the 2019 Charity Shield, the annual pre-season game between the St. George Illawarra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs, with this year’s edition held at Mudgee.