It's hard to believe but another footy season is almost behind us. (Where did the year go?) In a few hours, the Sydney Roosters will take on Melbourne Storm to decide the 2018 NRL Premiership. Here's everything you need to know about viewing the NRL Final — whether you're planning to watch on TV, online, down the pub or in the stadium.
The 2018 NRL Grand Final kicks off tonight at 7.20pm AEST. If you're not in a suitably-equipped venue with a TV, have no fear — you can live stream the match from your phone or laptop with just a few clicks. Here are the links!
Below is everything you need to know about watching this year's NRL Grand Final - including streaming tips and where to buy tickets.
When is the NRL Final on?
The NRL Grand Final kicks off at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.
NRL Final start time
The NRL Grand Final will start at 7.20pm on September 30. The NRL Women's Premiership Grand Final (between the Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters) and the NRL State Championship (between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Redcliffe Dolphins) will take place on the same day, at 1:35pm and 3:40pm, respectively.
How to watch NRL Final on free-to-air TV
The NRL Final series will be broadcast live on Channel Nine. Coverage begins at 6:30pm AEST.
How to watch NRL Final online
The easiest way to watch NRL Final online is via the free 9Now app. Previously, NRL finals were available on the NRL Live Pass from Telstra but this year Channel 9 holds the exclusive broadcast and digital rights. The app is compatible with most Android, iOS, Mac and Windows devices.
How to watch NRL Final on Foxtel
Fox Sports won't be showing the match live. Instead, it will be broadcast at 9:30pm. It will be re-broadcast on Monday at 10:30am and multiple times throughout the week.
How to watch NRL Final live
2018 NRL Grand Final series tickets can be purchased through Ticketek. Available prices (at the time of writing) start at $50.
How to watch NRL Final at the pub
If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of a live crowd without paying for stadium seating, a local sports pub is a pretty good bet. Here is a list of venues that will be showing the live broadcast on big screen TVs. (Type in your postcode to find the closest venue to your location.)
How To Watch NRL Final If You're Stuck Overseas
Unfortunately, the aforementioned 9Now app is region locked and won't be accessible for users that are not located in Australia. Your best bet is to sign up for a virtual private network (VPN) which will hide the location of your computer and mobile devices.
Alternatively, do some googling to find a sports bar equipped with satellite TV and enquire whether they will be showing the match live. Good luck!