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For all the information you need to watch each and every rugby league game in the NRL, look no further than The Roar’s complete NRL TV guide for the 2018 season.
The NRL season runs over the course of 25 home-and-away rounds and four weeks of finals, starting in the first week of March and concluding with the grand final on the last Sunday in September.
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The NRL signed a $1.8 billion TV deal that came into effect in 2016, but incurred some changes ahead of 2017, which will be retained in 2018.
The 2016 format of games running from Thursday to Monday was scrapped, with the Monday game being moved to a second Friday night timeslot in most rounds.
Channel Nine will present the Thursday Night, second Friday night and Sunday afternoon game on free-to-air TV each round, while Fox Sports will have coverage of each and every game, simulcasting the three already mentioned with Nine.
The following table gives a basic outline of what games each week are available on each network.
|Match 1||Thursday night||Nine network, Foxtel|
|Match 2||Friday evening||Foxtel|
|Match 3||Friday night||Nine Network, Foxtel|
|Match 4||Saturday afternoon/night||Foxtel|
|Match 5||Saturday evening||Foxtel|
|Match 6||Sunday night||Foxtel|
|Match 7||Sunday afternoon||Foxtel|
|Match 8||Sunday afternoon||Nine network, Foxtel|
For a detailed, game-by-game broadcast guide, NRL.com has you covered.
While viewers in New South Wales and Queensland get the full range of NRL coverage from Nine and Fox, fans in other states aren’t always so lucky.
People in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia also get the full coverage, but the free-to-air coverage is shown is on GEM, rather than Channel Nine.
If you live in South Australia, you get a bit of a raw deal from Channel Nine. Originally, all three games, including the Sunday afternoon fixture, were delayed until midnight or the early hours of the following day. Thanks to the NRL, though, they are now showing the Sunday afternoon match live into the state.
Each and every 2018 NRL Finals match will be shown live across the country on both Foxtel and the Nine Network. For the season’s deciding match, viewers will have little choice but to set their TVs to Channel Nine, as Fox Sports do not have the rights to the grand final. The same goes for State of Origin, which is shown exclusively by Nine.
The Nine network will be broadcasting their NRL grand final day coverage on their main Channel as well as 9HD, and will begin on Sunday, October 1, with the Sunday Footy Show at 11:00am (AEDT). The Holden Cup grand final, to be will be shown from kick-off at 1:35pm, before the State Championship grand final at 3:40pm.
The coverage will then take a short break for the news at 6:00, before the pre-match entertainment starts at 6:30 and the game itself at 7:15pm.
If you’re without a TV, don’t fret – you can still catch all of the action from the season as it happens. A digital subscription to Foxtel’s online services will get you access to each game of the season, with the exceptions of the State of Origin series and the Grand Final. Another option is the NRL’s Digital Pass, from which you’ll be able watch every game live. If you’re a Telstra customer, you may even be able to grab a pass for free.
Channel Nine will also be streaming the three matches they show on TV via 9Now for free.
For more information, check out our NRL live streaming guide.
The NRL has a range of international broadcast partners from all over the world, from the USA, to the Middle East, to Africa and everywhere in between. For specific information about each international region, you can go to NRL.com, or you can live stream all games in one place: Watch NRL (you have to be located outside Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to access this service).