League fans have a big reason to be excited in May, as the NRL season is set to restart. The calendar has been reduced to 20 rounds this year, which will make the push for the finals all the more exciting. Now that one of the most popular sports in Australia is back on our TV screens, we’re going to review your options for watching or streaming every key match live on your TV and mobile device.
NRL TV Preview
Footy is back, with the 2020 season set to restart from May 28. NRL is set to become the first major player in Aussie sport to return to a bit of normality after a testing few months that nobody really expected.
All games were on hold in March due to the coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) only two rounds into the new campaign. Due to this delay, the season has been reduced to 20 rounds from the usual 24.
Some of the early season favourites already had two straight wins under their belts, but the big talking point was the fact that defending champions, The Roosters, had lost two on the bounce. Will they get back to winning ways and be the first NRL side to make it three in a row?
The remaining rounds of the NRL season are set to get underway again and using the information included in this guide you can find out exactly how to watch them live.
Where to Watch or Stream NRL in Australia
All NRL events air on Foxtel and Nine here in Australia, which can be accessed via Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more. You also have the option to watch NRL online using Foxtel Now (Pop or Sports pack), which currently have a 10 day free trial. Both choices include the option to stream programs free using the Foxtel Go app and an eligible mobile device.
Replays of NRL events are also available with Fox Sports in Australia. Fox Sports will be offering full replays via Foxtel and Foxtel Now, for fans who want to view events at a more viewer friendly hour or on demand.
Alternatively, you can access Fox Sports with Foxtel from Telstra. Foxtel from Telstra (including Foxtel Now from Telstra) offers the exact same programming as Foxtel, but is often available at reduced pricing or with no lock-in contract. With every Foxtel from Telstra package you can likewise stream NRL games free using the Foxtel Go app, on one of the devices in the table below. If you can’t make it for the live airing of NRL, you can still catch replays on demand.
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Stream NRL with Kayo Sports
Alternatively, you can access Fox Sports with the Kayo Sports streaming service which currently has a 14 day free trial. Kayo offers the exact same sports as Foxtel, but with a reduced price plan (Basic or Premium) and no lock-in contract. For fans who want to catch up on NRL action, Kayo offers game changing features including Interactive Graphics, SplitView and Key Moments, which enhance your viewing experience.
With Kayo you can stream NRL replays to a variety of compatible mobile devices. Eligible devices include select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers, with new apps and platforms arriving soon. Other sports action on Kayo includes the Supercars All Star Eseries as well as the German Bundesliga football plus much more.
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Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every round from the NRL and AFL, action from the Super Rugby, UFC and V8 Supercars – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
NRL Live TV Schedule
Each round of NRL will air on Fox Sports with replays available on demand. Nine is the official NRL free to air broadcaster in Australia, showing three live games per round. Foxtel (Foxtel/Foxtel from Telstra) and Kayo have every game of every round live in HD with no ad breaks during play. Here’s the upcoming live TV schedule for all NRL events:
|Thu, Jul 9||Cowboys vs Roosters||LIVE: 7.50pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Nine|
|Fri, Jul 10||Titans vs Warriors||LIVE: 6.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Fri, Jul 10||Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers||LIVE: 7.55pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Nine|
|Sat, Jul 11||Sharks vs Panthers||LIVE: 3.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sat, Jul 11||Broncos vs Bulldogs||LIVE: 5.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sat, Jul 11||Raiders vs Storm||LIVE: 7.35pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sun, Jul 12||Knights vs Eels||LIVE: 4.05pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Nine|
|Sun, Jul 12||Dragons vs Sea Eagles||LIVE: 6.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
Mobile Device List (Foxtel and Foxtel from Telstra)
The following are the list of compatible mobile and internet connected devices for which you can stream NRL whether at home or on the go, with new apps and devices being added as they become available.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)|
|iOS Mobile Devices||Yes||Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)|
|Android Mobile Devices||Yes||Via native app (Android 5 and above)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Via casting (only on Multiroom service)|
|Apple TV||Yes||Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)|
|Smart TVs||Yes||Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)|
Must See TV for fans of NRL
Once you have caught up on the latest league action, we have suggested a few events below that may also take your fancy until the next round of NRL.
AFL (Foxtel and Kayo)
The AFL returns as Richmond Tigers look to make it back to back Grand Final wins. But there is sure to be a wealth of competition from the likes of Greater Western Sydney, Collingwood and West Coast Eagles all looking like they have potential with title worthy sides. You can see exactly how it all unfolds when the season gets underway again from June 11, with Kayo Sports 14 Day free trial.
Bundesliga (Foxtel and Kayo)
The Bundesliga will become the first European soccer league to restart after the coronavirus outbreak, bringing some much needed live action back to hungry football fans. It looks to be a tight race between Munich, Dortmund and Leipzig for honours, with a chase for the title expected to go right down to the final day. Live Bundesliga matches are now available to stream on demand with Foxtel Now, or with Kayo Sports, which currently has a free 14 day trial.
V8 Supercars (Foxtel and Kayo)
The pinnacle of domestic Australian motor racing is the V8 Supercars series, with the twenty-fourth edition promising to be one of the best yet. All our favourite drivers, teams and manufacturers are set to return and battle it out over 12 turbo charged rounds. V8 Supercar races are now available to stream on demand with Foxtel Now, or with Kayo Sports, which currently has a free 14 day trial.