NRL live stream: How to watch the 2018 NRL season online, on TV or on radio

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How to live stream and watch NRL – Television, Radio and Online

If you want to watch or live stream the 2018 NRL season online, on television or radio you are in luck.

This page is the ultimate guide on how to catch every match of the home-and-away season, and the finals.

With each state having different coverage of the competition, it can get quite confusing at times to keep an eye on your favourite team.

Here is where The Roar comes in. This is our definitive guide as to where you catch the NRL on television, radio, and live streaming online.

Live stream online
Channel Nine has acquired some of the digital rights to the NRL in 2018 and that means that you can live stream a number of games for free via 9Now.

During the regular season this will be three games per week – the Thursday night game, late Friday night game, and one Sunday game.

However since Nine shows all of the finals, all of the State of Origin games, and the grand final itself, that means you will be able to stream them free on 9Now as well.

But what about the games that aren’t on Nine? Try the NRL Digital Pass on your phone and on your computer through the official website and app.

With an NRL Digital Pass you can view every match on your phone, tablet, or on the computer. For $3.99 a week, or $99.99 per year, you can view all games on the official site.

Changes in 2018 mean the NRL live pass will not have rights to the NRL grand final or State of Origin, however, replays of those matches will still be available.

Every other match throughout the season, including the first three weeks of the NRL finals will still be available, however, matches can no longer be streamed on PC or laptop devices.

Another way to live stream NRL matches is to use Foxtel’s streaming applications. Every game apart from the grand final and State of Origin is broadcast on Foxtel, so you can use either Foxtel Now or the Foxtel App.

If you already have Foxtel, then the Foxtel App is the one for you. If not, sign up for Foxtel Now and pick a package including the sports channels.

Foxtel Now also has a 14-day free trial if you want to test it out first.

If you’re based overseas (i.e. outside Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands) you’ll be able to stream all the NRL action online via Watch NRL.

On The Roar will will have live scores and a blog of each match in the rugby league season.

From the State of Origin, to the NRL, to the finals, The Roar will have you covered.

Let’s start with the basics.

Channel Nine have the rights for three matches and Fox Sports have the rights for the remaining five in a NRL round.

Nine have the rights to both Thursday and the second Friday Night matches as well as the Sunday afternoon match.

With no more Monday Night Football, Fox Sports now have the right to simulcast those games plus carry exclusive coverage of the other five.

If you live in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia or Western Australia, you also get the coverage but it will be covered on GEM.

All finals, thankfully, are shown live around the country on GEM or Channel 9. As always check your local guides.

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The easiest way to listen to the NRL is with the official app for the competition. On both the App Store, and Google Play, you can download the app and listen to the coverage.

When a match is on all you have to do is load the player and pick which station you want. It is pretty simple and great if you have a good internet connection.

For those who like wireless there are three stations which broadcast NRL. Triple M, 2GB – or 4BC in Queensland – and the ABC.

ABC have rights to all matches with Triple M and 2GB sharing the rest and sometimes providing coverage on the same match. If you live outside of NSW and Queensland the best place to listen to the coverage from either of these stations is on the official NRL app or the official website.

You can listen to the individual station but you might get blocked because of the rights of the deal.

For a list of matches each station is covering, visit this link.

Last updated: 23 July, 2018

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The Crowd Says (18)

  • April 18th 2016 @ 6:55pm
    adrian said | April 18th 2016 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

    want to watch footy

  • April 23rd 2016 @ 10:12am
    Allan & Shirley Simpson said | April 23rd 2016 @ 10:12am | ! Report

    Can we get live streaming of the NRL in NZ.

    • May 18th 2016 @ 8:43am
      Sonya said | May 18th 2016 @ 8:43am | ! Report

      Did you ever get an answer to this? I’d love to know also.

      • September 10th 2016 @ 9:32pm
        fathers day is on sunday said | September 10th 2016 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

        ohhhh i dunno

  • June 30th 2016 @ 7:16pm
    Alan Rigby said | June 30th 2016 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

    How will viewers on nsw south coast watch the nrl?
    Was on Win 9 but that changes from July first

  • March 9th 2017 @ 9:10pm
    Michelle said | March 9th 2017 @ 9:10pm | ! Report

    can games be live streamed in Mongolia

  • March 20th 2017 @ 10:37pm
    Zoggy said | March 20th 2017 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

    Guys, you really should try Foxtel Play before recommending it. On most TVs and devices you plug into TVs, it’s just awful. Don’t take my word for it. 90+ reviews here, 80+ of them give it 1 star.

  • March 25th 2017 @ 12:16pm
    GrindEspresso said | March 25th 2017 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

    NRLpass is only good for small devices. I tried to watch it in the browser of my tv but the res is terrible so I cancelled my pass. Plus you have to use the NRL website to watch the vids and it terrible to navigate around.

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