The 2019 NRL Season is upon us. There are plenty of ways to catch all the action this year, live and free - but what is the best one? And how do you access it? That's what this guide is all about! Here's all the ways you can watch the 2019 NRL season - live, online and free.
When Does The 2019 NRL Season Start?
Round One kicks off on Thursday, March 14 with the matchup between Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos, which begins at 7:50pm AEDT. The round continues out through to Sunday, March 17.
The regular season will finish on Sunday, September 8 at which point, the Finals series begins.
If you're looking to follow a particular team or just want to see the schedule for each week, the NRL has a comprehensive, easy to follow draw online.
If you're just holding out for State of Origin then those three games will be broadcast on:
- Game 1: Wednesday, June 5
- Game 2: Sunday, June 23
- Game 3: Wednesday, July 10
We'll have links to State of Origin streams closer to the date, so make sure you check back in June.
How To Stream The 2019 NRL Season
One of the best ways to watch the NRL season is with Foxtel's Kayo Sports. This dedicated streaming service includes the most comprehensive coverage of the season, with every game streamed across their platform.
Pricing starts at $25, which is around $15 cheaper than what it used to cost through Foxtel Now. The app also gives you bespoke NRL shows and a huge number of additional sports that aren't always broadcast on free-to-air television.
Foxtel is currently offering a free two-week trial of the service - which is a good, sneaky way to watch the finals without paying anything.
You can also access the NRL Live Pass - and Telstra customers generally have access to this as part of their plans. This will give you access to every single match besides the State of Origin series and the Grand Final, which Telstra does not have streaming rights too. Sadly, NRL Live Pass does not let you stream to a desktop and the screen is limited to 7 inches in size.
The pass costs $4 a week and $100 a year. This is a decent option for those that don't want to invest in Foxtel.
Expats will be happy to know they can watch the NRL season via WatchNRL, and this will set you back $19 a week, $33 a month or $189 for the entire year.
How To Watch The NRL 2019 Season On TV
We might be living in the 21st century but you can still watch footy on the telly like it's the '80s. Hurrah!
Once again, the NRL will be broadcast on Channel Nine The network will also be broadcasting a range of footy shows to compliment the season. You can find a complete guide over on TV Tonight. Enjoy tonight's game!