How to watch the 2019 NRL season

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Aussies love their rugby league – and we also love watching it from the comfort of our living rooms. And the good news is there is no shortage of broadcasting options to provide your footy fix. But which is best? In this guide, Canstar Blue looks at the broadcasting options available – and what they’ll cost you.

NRL on Kayo

If you’re into all things NRL, then Kayo may be at the top of your list to check out. Offering live coverage for every game of both the regular and post-season (except for the Grand Final), you can stream all the State of Origin matches live as well. If your team makes the Grand Final, don’t worry, you can still watch it, with replays available to relive every moment.

If you really can’t get enough of your footy, Kayo also offers both live and on-demand coverage of select International Test Matches, Intrust Super Cup, Women’s NRL and the UK Super League, making it a handy option for fans, regardless of who you support.

  • Kayo subscriptions start from $25 per month, with a 14-day free trial.
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Basic Subscription

  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $25 over 1 month

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Premium Subscription

  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 3 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $35 over 1 month

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NRL on Channel 9 & 9NOW

Channel 9 has been the home of the NRL for years, with the network securing some of the digital rights for the 2019 season. Fans can catch three of the eight games on free-to-air TV, including Thursday night footy, one of the Friday night games, and the Sunday afternoon game – with live streams additionally available via the free 9NOW service.

In addition to the regular season games, Channel 9 has the sole rights for the live stream of the Grand Final, with live streams additionally available for the State of Origin games, making it a handy option for those after the big games.

  • Matches on 9 are naturally free to watch… but you’ll have to put up with the ads!

NRL on Telstra & NRL Live Pass

Teaming up with NRL Live Pass, Telstra offers free streaming as an added bonus on all mobile plans and prepaid recharge options over $30. Its coverage includes live regular season games, as well as exclusive content such as press conferences and match highlights for those who don’t have time to watch the full game. While you may get some extras, you’ll have to settle for replays of both the Grand Final and State of Origin matches, with live coverage not available. To find out if you qualify for the free streaming service, check out Telstra’s website for more details.

  • For those not with Telstra, NRL Live Pass is available for $3.99 a week or $99.99 a year via both Google Play and the App Store.

NRL on Foxtel

Splitting the regular season coverage with Channel 9, Foxtel has secured the rights to five games per round, which are available via live stream and replay on both Foxtel Now and the Foxtel App. While it has secured the rights to the majority of the regular season games, you may have to find another option if you’re looking to catch either State of Origin games or the Grand Final live, however delayed replays will be available.

To make up for missing out the big games, Foxtel offers plenty of talk shows to tackle what’s been happening in the NRL, with something on every night of the week, making it appealing for those who like to delve deeper into the NRL debate.

  • Foxtel’s Sport Pack starts from $29 per month, but can be bundled with other packs if you want a break from sports.

NRL on Radio

If you can’t make it to your spot in front of the TV, NRL matches are available on radio, including the ABC, Triple M and local stations, making it a handy option for those out in the sticks with a spotty TV connection, or those on the road when their team hits the field. An added bonus with catching all the action from the radio – it’s completely free! But, yes, there may be ads!

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