The current season of the NRL is under way and while we have to wait until October to watch the final, we can already enjoy all the action that Rugby provides. This sport is hugely popular all over the world, particularly in Australia. The NRL Premiership offers an incredible selection of matches that can be enjoyed live. In order to follow your favorite teams and support them, you don’t even have to leave your house. The NRL can be streamed online, not only in Australia, but anywhere in the world. However, in some cases, watching the NRL is not as simple as finding a stream and pressing play.
Free-to-air TV is a convenient way to enjoy the 2019 NRL season in Australia. There are also streaming solutions available in other countries, giving people abroad the chance to catch up with the NRL, anytime, anywhere. The NRL season takes place during 25 rounds and it finally ends with four weeks of finals. The 2019 season of the Premiership started back in March and it will run over the Grand Finals, which start on September 29th 2019. The regular season of the 2019 NRL is already on and there are only a few more rounds before the final starts, so you are still on time to catch with all the action available. In case you are not sure about the schedule of the matches, take a look at the list of the recent events, below:
Thursday, August 8: Broncos vs Cowboys
Friday, August 9: Warriors vs Sea Eagles
Friday, August 9: Panthers vs Sharks
Saturday, August 10: Dragons vs Titans
Saturday, August 10: Eels vs Knights
Saturday, August 10: Bull Dogs vs West Tigers
Sunday, August 11: Raiders vs Roosters
Sunday, August 4: Rabbitohs vs Storm
The next matches are on their way, so don’t forget to check online for the upcoming fixtures.
How to watch the 2019 NRL season live and free in Australia
The Nine Network is hugely popular in Australia and this free-to-air TV station has the rights for broadcasting three matches in each round. The remainder five are in the hands of Fox Sports. This agreement is the same as last year, meaning that watching the 2019 NRL season on free-to-air TV is not as simple since you can’t find all the matches in the same place.
Channel 9 or channel 90 (the HD quality option) are the networks that offer the Thursday night games in New South Wales or Queensland. The second Friday night matches and the Sunday afternoon events are presented on free-to-air TV. Those in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia can rely on GEM to watch the matches. If you happen to be in South Australia, you can enjoy the Sunday afternoon match live for free, and the other two weekday fixtures are presented only at midnight or in the early hours of the following day. All the matches in the final round, will be shown live over the Nine Network all over the country, on Channel 9/90 or on GEM.
Livestream the 2019 NRL season in Australia
There are different options available in terms of live streaming the 2019 NRL Premiership online in Australia. Here you will find a list of the options that you can choose from:
9Now is the app from Nine Network, designed to allow users to watch their favorite content (including NRL matches) on their tablets, mobile phones or personal computers. With 9Now, you can watch matches for free and live stream all the events that the Nine Network has rights to, including matches during the finals. However, in order to watch other matches in every round, a Foxtel connection or a subscription to Kayo Sports is required.
If you love sports and live in Australia, chances are that you have heard about Kayo Sports. This streaming service focuses on sports and it is a partner service to Foxtel. You can find pretty much the same content that Foxtel offers, excelt the English Premier League Channels, Sky Racing and Eurosport. For only $25 per month, it is possible to watch all the sports that you want, and yes, this includes the 2019 NRL Premiership, without having to sign a contract.
Another option to enjoy the NRL season is Foxtel Now. You can subscribe to this service for $25 per month (although it is important to note that in order to be able to watch the NRL, you will need to get the Sports pack, which can increase the cost to $54 per month. Like Kayo, it offers a free trial.
NRL Live Pass
With prices starting from $3.99 per week, NRL Live Pass is another solution and it is highly recommended if your main interest is to enjoy the NRL matches. It saves you the hassle of having to get different subscription services in order to be able to watch all the matches of the season. The annual subscription costs $99.99 and it lets you enjoy live streams of every game. The only exception is the State of Origin series. The NRL Live Pass app is available for Android and iOS.
This is a practical solution for NRL fans outside Australia and New Zealand. Watch NRL gives you access to every match in the Premiership, as well as the State or Origin series. Watching NRL, lets you pause and rewind live matches. You can also download matches and watch them offline. Although it is possible to watch the livestream on desktop on the website, you can also use the mobile app or cast onto TV using AirPlay or Google Chromecast. Watch NRL’s price starts from $17 USD.
Do you need a VPN to watch NRL?
Although Watch NRL, the last streaming service we mentioned, offers the chance to access the NRL, even if you are not in Australia, you may want to access a different option and find that it blocked in your location. For instance, if you want to access 9Now, you will get an error message if you connect from outside Australia. This is why you may want to consider using a VPN. This technology lets you overcome restrictions so that you can enjoy the content that you want, regardless of your location. There are many different options available, but we highly recommend ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Private Internet Access. These services stand out thanks to their good speeds, high security and reliable performance that will allow you to get the most out of your streaming experience.