NBL fans are excited about the return of the premier basketball league in Australia, with the 42nd season having tipped off in October. The Perth Wildcats will enter as the reigning champions, but a number of teams have improved and will be looking to claim this year’s trophy when the Finals take place in February, including the league’s newest addition the South East Melbourne Phoenix.
The popularity of basketball is growing rapidly in Australia, and to keep pace the 2019/20 NBL TV coverage is set to be more comprehensive than ever before, with ESPN and SBS now sharing the broadcasting rights. Don’t miss a minute of the action when you can watch live at home or stream games to a mobile device using the options in this NBL TV guide.
Where to Watch the NBL in Australia
Each and every game of the 2019/20 NBL season will be aired in Australia, with matches being broadcast across a couple of different platforms. A new broadcast deal beginning this season will see ESPN of Australia air every NBL game beginning after 7.30pm Sydney time, for a total of 59 LIVE games on the subscription network. Fortunately, there are several ways to access ESPN on Australia TV, they include Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and the Kayo Sports streaming platform.
SBS Viceland will be the new NBL free to air provider after Channel Nine opted out of a three-year deal just one year in, and they will televise 67 LIVE games throughout the course of the regular season which won’t be available on ESPN. Come finals time, you’ll have the choice of where to watch, with every final set to be simulcast on both ESPN and SBS Viceland.
Watch the NBL on Free to Air
SBS Viceland will be a surprise free-to-air broadcaster of the NBL this season after Channel Nine fulfilled just one year of a three-year contract before backing out. SBS will be your home of Saturday and Sunday afternoon basketball, with up to four games shown per round on the Viceland network.
All 67 live games on free to air TV will also be available to watch via the SBS online streaming service, SBS On Demand. SBS On Demand will simulcast the 67 games on SBS Viceland, while also offering the 59 which are on ESPN on a delayed replay.
Catch the NBL Online with Foxtel
In addition to televising these 59 ESPN games live, Foxtel and Foxtel from Telstra will typically offer these same matches with NBL TV replays airing later that same day, as well as the option to watch the NBL live online using compatible mobile and internet connected devices via Foxtel Now. Foxtel Now users will need to have the Sports Pack, with the exact same service also available through Foxtel Now from Telstra, and often at a reduced monthly rate.
Stream the NBL on Kayo Sports
Another choice for watching the NBL live in Australia would be to utilise the 14 day Kayo Sports free trial, which has no lock-in contract and is available across two devices if you’re looking to share. Because Kayo is affiliated with Fox Sports it will broadcast the same exact 59 live ESPN games as Foxtel, but without the extra equipment or hefty fees. Kayo offers live NBL streaming with eligible mobile devices and browsers, including select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon.
Kayo will also provide on demand replays of the games they televise, should you need to catch-up on that week’s action. Additionally, every game will be displayed in High Definition, giving you greater clarity, while the No Spoilers option allows fans to hide all outcomes, a very handy feature if you don’t want to know the results before you’ve had a chance to watch a key event On-Demand.
NBL 2019 Live TV Schedule (Sydney time)
|Friday, 11 October||Brisbane Bullets v Cairns Taipans||7.30pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Friday, 11 October||Perth Wildcats v Illawara Hawks||9.30pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Saturday, 12 October||Sydney Kings v Adelaide 36ers||5.30pm||SBS|
|Sunday, 13 October||South East Melbourne Phoenix v Brisbane Bullets||3.00pm||SBS|
|Monday, 14 October||Illawara Hawks v Cairns Taipans||7.30pm||Foxtel/Kayo|
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per broadcasting agreement all regular season games that take place at 7.30pm or later will be available live on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.
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How to Stream the NBL in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the available NBL games? Let’s look at some of the most popular streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Stream the NBL with Apple TV
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
Stream the NBL with Google Chromecast
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Google Chromecast Ultra version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to HD. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video or on demand replays including Kayo Sports. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Stream the NBL with a Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming the Australian National Basketball League and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to the Foxtel Now Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.