How to watch NFL live stream online in Australia
Are you ready for some football? The NFL is back and this is how you can catch it your way in Australia.
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Aussie NFL fans don't have to rely on free-to-air TV networks to get their American football fix. Along with dedicated coverage on Foxtel and the Kayo Sports streaming service, Australians can get access to every single game of the NFL season live and on demand via the official NFL Game Pass subscription service.
Live stream NFL on Kayo: 14-day free trial
The last NFL season concluded with another epic Super Bowl back in February 2020. It was the 100th edition of the competition and culminated in Patrick Mahomes leading Kansas City to a comeback victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the championship game.
Fortunate to largely avoid coronavirus issues due to its place in the sporting calendar, the NFL is ready to return for another year. The off-season was capped by Tom Brady's decision to leave New England. The veteran quarterback won six titles with the Patriots and will now line-up in a Tamba Bay uniform.
If you're eager to keep up with your favourite NFL teams - find the full NFL teams list and Australian players here - time zone differences can be a hassle. Still, there's plenty of NFL coverage available in Australia, both on TV and via streaming services. To help you decide which option is right for you, we've compared all your options below.
How to watch NFL in Australia
Fans of American football have a number of options to catch some touchdowns live in Australia in 2020. Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, 7Mate and NFL Game Pass all have varying numbers of games available.
Live stream NFL in HD with Kayo Sports
Streaming service Kayo Sports offers a selection of NFL games each week via ESPN. On average, Kayo presents five games per week, plus a variety of additional NFL content during the season. All games are then available on demand for 72 hours. They also have access to College Football.
Kayo's coverage culminates with every postseason game plus the glitz and glamour of the Super Bowl, all in HD. The Pro Bowl, NFL Primetime and NFL Live are also on the service.
The Kayo app delivers live HD streams, as well as on-demand content, for over 50 sports. It is compatible with Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV, Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
There is a 14-day free trial for new customers. Subscribers can then choose between two price points: $25/month for 2 simultaneous streams or $35/month for 3. The service also has a range of unique special features.
You can read more about the service in our comprehensive Kayo Sports review.
Watch NFL matches on 7Mate
Casual fans of the NFL can keep up with the competition via free-to-air TV. 7Mate will broadcast two games per week, including a Sunday night game. Additionally, it will also show coverage of the playoffs. Some games will be available on-demand on 7Plus, while they have some extra coverage like classic Super Bowls.
Watch NFL on TV with Foxtel iQ
Foxtel broadcasts NFL games via ESPN, so you need the Sport Package, priced at $25/month, on top of the Foxtel Plus Pack ($49/month). So the minimum monthly price for Foxtel iQ is $74/month.
Subscribers get up to three live games per week including Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football plus all playoffs. You can stream the games to your laptop or mobile device using the Foxtel GO app or on the Foxtel website, which comes free with your Foxtel subscription.
Subscribers get access to 12 sports channels, as well as iQ4, the telco's most advanced set-top box. You can use it to record live TV or enjoy content in 4K quality. Foxtel iQ deals are usually available, so you may save big on fees or even score a discount when looking to bundle multiple channel packs.
NFL live stream via Foxtel Now
Alternatively, you can also stream NFL games with Foxtel Now. ESPN is included in the Sport Package, which is $29 a month. You also need to get the Essentials Pack for $25 a month, which includes Pop and Lifestyle channels. As a result, you will pay at least $54 a month to stream NFL games with Foxtel Now. The platform is available on PCs/Macs, smartphones/tablets, Sony and Android TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, the Foxtel Now Box, Telstra TV and PS4. A 10-day free trial is available for new customers.
Watch NFL matches with Fetch TV
ESPN is also accessible through the Fetch TV Vibe channel pack. This one is only $6 a month, but the total monthly price of your subscription will vary based on whether you purchase your Fetch box from a broadband provider or buy it outright.
Streaming NFL matches with NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass lets you live stream or watch every NFL fixture on-demand. Featuring round-the-clock coverage of all the action across the league, NFL Game Pass brings the complete American football experience into Aussie homes.
To unlock all of the platform's features, you'll need to purchase a full NFL Game Pass Pro subscription for the 2020/21 season. Pricing for the 2020/21 season clocks in at $274.99 for the full year. You have the option of paying up front or 4 x $74.93 instalments. A free 7-day trial is available for new subscribers.
You'll be able to live stream every single game, including all play-off games and the climactic Super Bowl. You will also receive up-to-the-minute news, scores and statistics as well as get access every Monday to the popular NFL RedZone show.
That's not all. A full NFL Game Pass subscription unlocks the NFL video archives, which you can even search by play type, team or player to find the specific moment you want. If you're short on time, NFL Game Pass offers condensed versions of every match and download games for offline viewing. For more NFL Game Pass information and available packages check out our guide.
NFL 2020/21 Australian TV schedule
How do the NFL Playoffs work?
The NFL regular season is played from September through to December, running for a total of 17 weeks. During that time each team plays 16 games and has 1 bye.
The NFL Playoffs commence at the start of January through to the Super Bowl in February. For the first time this coming season, the playoffs will be made up of 14 teams, 6 from each conference and 2 extra Wild Card teams. Each division winner automatically makes the postseason. Then there are two wildcards from each conference who are the top two remaining teams with the best overall record.
The first week of the playoffs is called the Wild Card round. The top teams only from both the NFC and AFC receive a bye week and don't play until the divisional round. The rest of the teams are seeded by record and matched up against the Wild Card selections.
Throughout the postseason, all matches are sudden death. The final game is made up of the AFC Champion and the NFC Champion. This means no two teams from the same conference can meet in the Super Bowl.
Image source: Kayosports website
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