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How to watch 2024 NRL live and free online

With a new season right around the corner, you can see how your NRL team is shaping up by watching their trial games.

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Regardless of the outcome, footy fans can rest assured that their teams will have some cracker games in store.

Here's how to watch every game of every round.

How to watch the 2024 NRL season live

There are 2 ways to watch the NRL in 2024. You can watch selected matches on free-to-air TV on the Nine Network or via its streaming service 9Now.

Or you can watch every game up until the grand final live and ad-break free on Fox League, which means you'll need a subscription to either Foxtel Now, Foxtel iQ or Kayo Sports.

Stream every NRL trial on Kayo: Start your 7-day FREE trial now

This week's NRL TV guide and schedule

Rounds Date Match Kick-off (AEDT) How to watch
Round 20 Fri 19 Jul Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors 8:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 9 Network
Round 20 Sat 20 Jul South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers 3:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 9 Network
Round 20 Sat 20 Jul Newcastle Knights vs Brisbane Broncos 5:30 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 9 Network
Round 20 Sat 20 Jul Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters 7:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 9 Network
Round 20 Sun 21 Jul Penrith Panthers vs Dolphins 2:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 9 Network
Round 20 Sun 21 Jul Manly Sea Eagles vs Gold Coast Titans 4:05 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 9 Network
Round 20 Sun 21 Jul North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury Bulldogs 6:15 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 9 Network

Watch the 2024 NRL season on free-to-air TV

You can watch selected NRL matches live and free on the Nine Network and via its streaming service 9Now, but it will be screening ads throughout the game. With that said Channel 9 won't carry any of the NRL trials, only the Indigenous vs Maori All Stars game. The Nine Network only broadcasts 3 matches per round at the start of the season, which will increase to 4 per week as it gets closer to the finals.

This means if you're a casual NRL fan, you might be able to avoid shelling out for a streaming service. But the Nine Network's coverage tends to favour recent success and general popularity. So if your team has been sitting on the bottom of the ladder for years, you'll have to look beyond free-to-air to catch a good number of games.

Live stream 2024 NRL with Kayo Sports

Kayo will allow you to stream every game of the NRL season including trials prior to the grand final. 7 days

Deal

Live stream NRL in 4K with Kayo's FREE TRIAL and no-lock-in contract

Take Kayo Sports for a spin free for 7 days and stream over 50 sports live.

Once your free trial is up, subscriptions to Kayo start with a $25 a month Kayo One package, which allows viewing on only 1 device at a time. Get a $35 a month Basic subscription to watch on 2 screens at the same time. For the extra $10 per month it gives you 1 more device to watch on and 4K. Kayo is available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, Telstra TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PS4, PS5 and select smart TVs including Hisense, LG and Samsung.

Kayo Sports has some rather excellent sport-specific viewing features. These include SplitView (4 sports at once on the same screen), Interactive Stats, No Spoilers (hide scores mode), Key Moments (a timeline of important events in a game you can jump to) and picture-in-picture mode.

It includes over 50 sports live and on demand, plus all the supplementary programming such as chat shows and news. Notably, everything from the Fox League channel is available to watch on replay, live or in highlights packages.

Watch the 2024 NRL on Foxtel Now

League fans can stream the 2024 NRL season on Fox League via Foxtel Now. It will show every game of every round live, plus every game of the finals series before the grand final live. 10 days.

Deal

10-day free trial of Foxtel Now

No installation and no lock-in contract. New customers only. Sign up now.

To get Fox League on Foxtel Now, you will need the Sport pack as well as the base Essentials pack. Consequently, you will pay a minimum of $29 a month to watch NRL. This might seem expensive, but you do get access to entertainment content and not just sport.

Foxtel Now is available on PCs and Macs, mobile devices, Chromecast and AirPlay, PS4, Telstra TV and the Foxtel Now box.

Watch the NRL on Foxtel IQ

Instead of streaming via Foxtel Now, you could watch the NRL with a set-top box on Foxtel iQ. It will also show every NRL game like Foxtel Now, but it is a more expensive option, with no free trial. To watch the NRL on Fox League you will need the Sport and Foxtel Plus packs, for a combined cost of $100 a month.

Again you also get access to entertainment content as well as sport, plus you can watch some content in 4K where available. There's often sales which will allow you to get it for cheaper, but they require a 12-month commitment and are still the most expensive option. We recommend Kayo or Foxtel Now as a cheaper alternative.

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