Fans of the Women’s Big Bash League are excited about the return of the tournament, with its fifth edition set to run as a standalone event for the first time over two exciting months. The first ball will be bowled on the 18th of October and the Finals will start on December 7th, and you can make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action when watching at home on TV or streaming every WBBL match live to a mobile device using the options listed in this guide.
Women’s Big Bash 2019 TV Preview
Last season saw the Brisbane Heat break through for an incredible maiden title, preventing the Sydney Sixers from a third consecutive win in a thrilling final. This year, the Sixers are widely tipped to avenge that defeat and, led by superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry, can lay claim to heavy favouritism in the lead-up to the tournament.
A number of teams, however, will be looking to repeat the Heat’s heroics from last season and knock off a Sixers team which, on talent alone, seems a cut above the rest. The Heat themselves will again be a dangerous outfit, while the Sydney Thunder, fresh off signing one of the fastest bowlers in the country in Tayla Vlaeminck, and the Melbourne Renegades round out the most likely challengers. In 2019, all 59 games of the WBBL will be available to watch, with a variety of Australian cricket viewing options including:
- Foxtel (Fox Cricket): 23 WBBL Matches LIVE
- Foxtel Now from Telstra: 23 WBBL Matches LIVE
- Free to Air (Channel 7): 23 WBBL Matches LIVE
- Cricket Australia Live app: 36 WBBL Matches Live
- Kayo Sports Streaming: All 59 WBBL Matches LIVE
Watching the WBBL Online with Foxtel
Fans of the Women’s Big Bash League will be given plenty of opportunities to tune in to all the live action this summer. 23 blockbuster games throughout the season are set to be shown live and in high definition on Foxtel’s dedicated cricket channel, Fox Cricket.
For those wanting more flexibility in the way they watch, a number of choices are available. The Foxtel Go app allows you to stream sport to your mobile or tablet, effectively offering free Womens Big Bash streaming for current subscribers. Alternatively, Foxtel Now offers a variety of online options for watching the WBBL live via a compatible PC, Mac, iOS or Android mobile devices, as well as Telstra TV, Chromecast, Playstation 4 and more.
Stream the Women’s Big Bash Live with Telstra
Foxtel from Telstra is the latest way to access Foxtel’s range of premium sports action, including every second of 23 games of the Women’s Big Bash League. With Foxtel from Telstra, you can grab the Entertainment plus Sport pack for just $29 a month, a savings of roughly 40% on Foxtel’s regular cost, which gives you access to Foxtel’s new dedicated Fox Cricket channel and the choice of watching the WBBL online from the comfort of home, or streaming this women’s cricket action free if you’re out and about.
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How to Watch the WBBL on Free to Air
In 2019, Network Seven will be the Australian free to air cricket broadcaster for the Women’s Big Bash, but they will only have the rights to 23 games out of 59 matches this season. Those who don’t have full access to every game, however, won’t be left wanting, with a significant number of matches still available – including WBBL free to air coverage of the semi-finals and final. Telecasts will be available to tune in to from the comfort of your living room, or you can watch the Women’s Big Bash online with eligible mobile devices in standard definition using the 7Plus app. The remaining 36 matches will be available to stream through the Cricket Australia Live app.
Streaming the Women’s Big Bash on Kayo Sports
Kayo, Australia’s newest sports mobile streaming service, will allow you to watch every minute of every game of the WBBL on a number of devices. Simply sign up for either the Basic or Premium Pack, 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, and Telstra TV.
Kayo also offers a 14 day free trial, and with no-lock in contract you can give it a go and cancel anytime. With a number of game-changing features to make the viewing experience even better, including the option to watch replays of the biggest sixes and other key moments for each match, plus Kayo Mini highlight packages for select games. Kayo has you covered when it comes to streaming the WBBL live.
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WBBL Live Australian TV Schedule (Sydney time)
WBBL fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
|Tuesday 12 November||Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder||8.30pm||Kayo|
|Wednesday 13 November||Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers||11.00am||Kayo|
|Wednesday 13 November||Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat||2.00pm||Kayo|
|Friday 15 November||Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers||7.10pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Saturday 16 November||Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers||2.30pm||Kayo|
|Saturday 16 November||Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat||7.10pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Sunday 17 November||Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat||1.00pm||Kayo|
|Sunday 17 November||Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades||2.10pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Wednesday 20 November||Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat||10.00am||Kayo|
|Wednesday 20 November||Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers||2.00pm||Kayo|
|Wednesday 20 November||Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers||2.30pm||Kayo|
|Wednesday 20 November||Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes||5.30pm||Kayo|
|Friday 22 November||Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat||7.10pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Saturday 23 November||Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers||1.00pm||Kayo|
|Saturday 23 November||Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars||2.00pm||Kayo|
|Saturday 23 November||Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers||7.10pm||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Sunday 24 November||Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder||10.00am||Kayo|
|Sunday 24 November||Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers||1.00pm||Kayo|
|Wednesday 27 November||Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades||2.10pm||Kayo|
|Wednesday 27 November||Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder||2.30pm||Kayo|
|Saturday 30 November||Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades||10.40am||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Saturday 30 November||Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers||2.00pm||Kayo|
|Saturday 30 November||Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes||5.00pm||Kayo|
|Sunday 1 December||Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder||10.40am||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Sunday 1 December||Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers||2.00pm||Kayo|
|Sunday 1 December||Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat||3.00pm||Kayo|
|Sunday 1 December||Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes||5.00pm||Kayo|
|Saturday 7 December||TBC v TBC||TBC||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Saturday 7 December||TBC v TBC||TBC||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
|Sunday 8 December||TBC v TBC||TBC||Kayo / Foxtel / Seven|
How to Stream the Women’s BBL in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra pay TV subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the Women’s Big Bash? To answer this questions let’s look at some of the top streaming options that are currently available on the Aussie market.
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, perfect for watching the WBBL live or on demand. 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.
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 Ultra Chromecast version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to Foxtel. 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, including Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile and quite popular.
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 Women’s BBL and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching, fuss-free. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s 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.