The 2019 NRL Premiership is now in full swing, and for the first time ever fans can enjoy select games in 4K Ultra HD, allowing rugby lovers to watch matches in a way they never have before.
What is 4K Ultra HD TV?
4K is the highest definition broadcast available in Australia, and is also referred to by Foxtel as Ultra HD. Offering up an unrivalled picture quality, it brings the colours, sounds and excitement of whatever it is you’re watching direct to your living room. Using roughly four times the number of pixels as High Definition and twenty times that of Standard Definition, 4K Ultra HD will greatly enhance your NRL viewing experience.
How to watch the NRL in 4K HD
The NRL in 4K Ultra HD won’t be found on the free-to-air broadcasts, and only select games of the 2019 NRL Premiership Season will be televised in 4K, meaning you’ll have to check out the fixtures below to find out which matches will be available in Ultra HD. When a selected game is on, it won’t be broadcast in 4K on FOX League where you’ll find the rest of the matches. Instead, you’ll need to head to Channel 444, Foxtel’s exclusive 4K only channel.
The innovative technology used to create these pictures means that you’ll need certain equipment – namely the iQ4 set-top box and a 4K-compatible TV – in order to enjoy the full experience. If you’ve got both of those, simply head to Channel 444 and start watching.
NRL 2019 Premiership Season Programming Guide
Aside from the 4K Ultra HD coverage, FOX Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) also has the most comprehensive TV coverage of the 2019 NRL Premiership season, with every match in every round (grand final excluded) to be broadcast live, including expert commentators and analysts that are ready to take you through the action. What’s more, you’ll also get extensive coverage of everything going on off the field, so you can stay up-to-date on all the key happenings involving your favourite team. The action kicked off with the Storm v Broncos season opener at AAMI Park and continues across twenty-five rounds until September 8th, when the final eight will be determined. The finals then begin on Friday, September 13th, and all of this action is available on either Foxtel or the newly launched Kayo Sports streaming service.
Stream the NRL Live and Free
If you aren’t ready to upgrade into the 4K coverage of the NRL, you still have plenty of great options in 2019, including watching the NRL live online in Australia with Foxtel Now, who are currently offering a 10 day free trial.
Alternatively, you can check out the 14 day free Kayo Sports trial which will offer the exact same 2019 NRL programming as Foxtel. With Kayo you can immediately start streaming the AFL live using eligible mobile devices, and with their split-view feature you can catch up to four events at the same time, allowing you to tune into the other exciting sport on TV scheduled during play.
2019 LIVE NRL 4K TV Fixtures List (Sydney time)
Friday 26 April: Bulldogs vs Cowboys at 6.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 27 April: Broncos vs Sharks at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 4 May: Roosters vs Tigers at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Friday 10 May: Tigers vs Panthers at 6.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 11 May: Bulldogs vs Knights at 3.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 11 May: Warriors vs Dragons at 5.30pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 11 May: Storm vs Eels at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Sunday 12 May: Roosters vs Raiders at 2.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Friday 17 May: Panthers vs Warriors at 6.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Friday 24 May: Sea Eagles vs Titans at 6.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 25 May: Rabbitohs vs Tigers at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 1 June: Bulldogs vs Raiders at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 8 June: Sharks vs Eels at 5.30pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Monday 10 June: Bulldogs vs Dragons at 4.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 15 June: Eels vs Broncos at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 29 June: Knights vs Broncos at 5.30pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 6 July: Knights vs Warriors at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 13 July: Broncos vs Warriors at 5.30pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 13 July: Storm vs Sharks at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 20 July: Raiders vs Tigers at 5.30pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 27 July: Eels vs Warriors at 3.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 3 August: Sharks vs Rabbitohs at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 10 August: Dragons vs Titans at 3.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 17 August: Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 24 August: Dragons vs Roosters at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 31 August: Roosters vs Panthers at 7.35pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Sunday 1 September: Sharks vs Raiders at 2.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Friday 6 September: Eels vs Sea Eagles at 6.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Saturday 7 September: Bulldogs vs Broncos at 5.30pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
Sunday 8 September: Tigers vs Sharks at 2.00pm (Foxtel/4K/Kayo)
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Every 2019 NRL Match Broadcast LIVE
A total of 41 matches from the 2019 AFL Premiership season will be broadcast in 4K Ultra HD – a significant number considering it’s the first time that the option is available at all, but one which still leaves a majority of games off the list. To make sure you don’t miss any of the action, each and every 2019 round (grand final excluded) will be broadcast live, in High Definition, and ad-break free during play on both Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
Must See NRL 4K on Australian TV
A clash between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders wouldn’t exactly have had tongues wagging prior to the season, but all of a sudden it seems like a match-up which could easily be repeated late in the finals. The undisputed Premiership favourites, the Roosters have started the season in fine form, demonstrating why they were so widely expected to go back-to-back heading into 2019. They are undoubtedly the team to beat, and one of their major competitors might be the Raiders – not a sentence many people would have expected to read a few short weeks ago. Despite having a roster laden with talent, the Raiders have failed to make the eight since their preliminary final appearance in 2016, and many expected a similar outcome this year. Instead, they have started the season like a house on fire, and will face their biggest test yet when they come up against the Roosters in this huge clash, which kicks off in stunning 4K at 2.00pm on Sunday, May 12.
The Roosters feature in another massive clash in 4K Ultra HD a few weeks later, facing off against the St. George Illawara Dragons. Each year since 2002, these sides have faced off in the ANZAC Day Cup, and though this game doesn’t take place on that historic day, it is still shaping up as an important affair. The Dragons showed what they are capable with a storming start to their 2018 campaign, ultimately missing out on a preliminary finals berth against the eventual Premiers in the Roosters by a solitary point. They are well placed to challenge once again in the latter stages of this season, and could make a claim as one of the dominant Roosters’ most dangerous challengers. Already a strong rivalry, the fact that this is a potential preview of a finals matchup means it’s sure to be compelling viewing. The game begins at 7.35pm on Saturday, August 24, taking pride of place as the only Saturday evening game in the third last round of the season.
What Else is on Channel 444?
Since launching late last year, Channel 444 has been gradually filling up with more sporting action. After kicking off with the summer of cricket, the Bathurst 1000 Supercars in 4K were added to the programming, as well as Tiger Woods’ extraordinary Masters win in mid-April. This winter, along with the 41 NRL games shown above, there will be 46 AFL matches televised in 4K during the 2019 Premiership season. Also to be broadcast in 4K will be select women’s football action and Super Rugby Ultra HD games. Expect this list to keep on growing, and we’ll bring you the updates as they are announced.