NFL fans down under are excited that a new season is just around the corner, with pre-season action already taking place and the official kick off to determine the next Super Bowl champion just weeks away.
Entering the 2019-20 season the New England Patriots are the reigning champs, but a number of teams have improved their rosters and will be looking to upend the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick led dynasty. Don’t miss a minute of the available action when you can watch live at home or stream games to a mobile device using the options in this NFL on Australian TV resource guide.
NFL 2019/2020 TV Preview
The Patriots were once again one of the more dominant teams during the regular season earning the number two seed in the American Football Conference (AFC). This represented the 17th time in 19 years under Bill Belichick that they posted double digit wins during the regular season. During the playoffs the New England Patriots comfortably beat the Chargers 41-28, with their first half being as good as you’ll see at the pointy end of the season. Then in the AFC Championship, they had to overcome adversity at numerous stages during the game, but they got the win in overtime and advanced to their third straight Super Bowl, a record only matched by the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. Tom Brady is the main reason why the Patriots have been so good for so long, and he led them to their remarkable sixth Super Bowl trophy, and second in the past three years.
For the Los Angles Rams, it was an unforgettable journey to get the big dance. For several years they struggled to put a winning record on the board, so they hired Sean McVay, the youngest coach in NFL history, and the success was almost instant. This year they sported a 13-3 record, sitting alongside the Saints in the NFC, and it was those two teams that played out a thrilling NFC Championship game, with the Rams getting the verdict in an epic. The Rams QB, Jared Goff, has been outstanding the last couple of years but this was a whole new beast as he faced the legend that is Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. The key to the Rams was their offense, but they never got going against a stingy Patriot defense. They ranked second overall in the NFL for both points scored and yards gained, but clearly didn’t play their best game and it cost them.
The NFL on ESPN of Australia
ESPN, the original home of the NFL in Australia, will broadcast every Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night regular season contest, two Sunday afternoon games each week Live and in HD, along with all marquee Thanksgiving day matches, every playoff game and one of the world’s biggest sporting events, the Super Bowl, on February 2nd, 2020, for 110 total live events.
Watch the NFL Online with Foxtel
In addition to televising these live games, Foxtel will typically offer these same matches with NFL TV replays airing later that same day, as well as the option to watch the NFL live online using compatible mobile and internet connected devices with 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 NFL on Kayo Sports
Another choice for watching the NFL 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 live ESPN games as Foxtel, but without the extra equipment or hefty fees. Kayo offers live NFL 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.
Watch the NFL on Free to Air
Channel Seven, the free-to-air home of the NFL in Australia, have confirmed that they will broadcast live games here in 2019/20, starting from Monday the 9th of September (Sydney time). Under the new agreement, the Seven Network will televise two live games during each week of the regular season and the NFL playoffs on 7Mate, with the Super Bowl shown live on Channel 7. The 2019/20 regular season NFL Free to Air offering will showcase two games from the Sunday (US) schedule that are not being televised on ESPN, with the first contest airing live at 3.00am (AEST) and the second live game kicking off at 6.00am (AEST). Australian fans will also enjoy a selection of NFL programs on 7Mate that take them inside the action of the 2019/20 season, as well as documenting the game’s storied history.
NFL 2019 Live TV Schedule (Sydney time)
|Friday 20 September||LIVE: Jaguars v Titans||10.20am||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Monday 23 September||LIVE: Chiefs v Ravens||3.00am||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Monday 23 September||LIVE: Vikings v Ravens||3.00am||7Mate|
|Monday 23 September||LIVE: Seahawks v Saints||6.25am||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Monday 23 September:||LIVE: Chargers v Texans||6.25am||7Mate|
|Monday 23 September||LIVE: Browns v Rams||10.20am||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Tuesday 24 September||LIVE: Redskins v Bears||10.15am|| Kayo / Foxtel|
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
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How to Stream the NFL 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 NFL games? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Stream the NFL on 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 NFL 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 NFL 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 NFL 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.
NFL 100th Anniversary Fixtures
The 100th NFL regular season begins in September, when 32 teams from across the USA battle it out for a place at Super Bowl 54. The NFL is split into two conferences, the AFC and NFC. Each conference incorporates 16 teams split into four divisions – North, South, East and West. Each division contains four sides who play each other twice during the regular season. They then play a further 10 games against rivals within their conference, meaning a total of 16 regular season games for every NFL franchise.
Once the regular season is complete, the NFL moves into the Playoffs. The winners of all eight divisions across AFC and NFC qualify automatically and are then seeded. A further four wildcard places go to the best runners-up. Wildcard teams then go head-to-head with the lesser seeded sides for a place in the Divisional Round (quarter final). Thereafter, there is the Conference Championship (semi-final) before one of the biggest games in sport, the Super Bowl (final).