How to watch the 2020 Dally M Medal live and free

Posted: 19 October 2020 5:09 pm
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The NRL's annual awards night will have a very different look in 2020 due to the pandemic. This is how to watch the Dally M Medal live.

SUMMARY: The Dally M Medal is live and exclusive on Fox League. Unless you're already a Foxtel customer, your best option is to watch live on Kayo Sports. You can watch for no cost using this 14-day free trial. This gets you access to all its unique features and 50 additional live sports.

This year's Dally M Medal festivities will reward the best players from the most unusual NRL season on record. Players, coaches and officials from all 16 clubs had to go to extraordinary lengths to ensure a season was held amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

The main award is the coveted Dally M Medal for the year's best player, while for the first time the Dally M team of the year will be a complete 13-man team covering all positions on the field. When voting became private after round 12, Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant was on 13 points, a single vote ahead of Cameron Smith (Storm) and Clint Gutherson (Eels).

When does the 2020 Dally M Medal start?

Due to the coronavirus, the league can't stage it's usual gala event this year. Instead, award winners will be at a special broadcast studio at Fox Sports in Sydney. Clubs and players impacted by border restrictions will participate in live crosses to the made-for-television event. It gets underway at 7:30pm AEDT on Monday 19 October. NRL 360 will also present a special Dally M edition from 6:30pm which will include the announcement of some award winners.

How to watch the Dally M Medal live

Once again in 2020, there won't be any free-to-air coverage of the sport's biggest awards night. The only way to access it is via subscription options Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. But there are still ways you can watch it for free, as you will see below.


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How to watch the Dally M on Kayo Sports

Kayo is a monthly sports subscription service. A Basic subscription supports streaming to 2 screens at once and is $25/month. If you need an extra screen, the Premium subscription will set you back $35/month. Right now, however, you can access it all for free using Kayo's 14-day trial.

Kayo provides all the same sports content you can get through Foxtel at a much lower price. All up, it offers over 50 live sports along with a range of timeless, evergreen programs. It also boasts a range of special features you won't find anywhere else.

They include Kayo Minis, No Spoilers, Key Moments, a picture-in-picture mode, interactive stats and SplitView. The latter allows you to stream up to four different sports at once on the same screen. If you're still after more information read our full Kayo review.

The platform is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.

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Live stream the Dally M Medal on Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now is an easy set-up option that doesn't incur any extra installation costs and is solely a digital streaming service. Access to NRL content is again available through the Sport Pack at $29/month and with this option also requires the Essentials pack at $25/month. That brings your monthly bill to $54/month.

If you haven't tried it previously, Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial. We have also put together a full guide which includes the list of compatible devices.

How to watch the Dally M Medal while overseas

If you're currently travelling abroad and want to tune in for the Dally M medal presentation, or indeed the NRL grand final, you only have one solution, Watch NRL. This online streaming service and app is only accessible to people outside Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Watch NRL shows all the same content as Kayo Sports and Foxtel, as well as the grand final live. You can grab a 2020 Finals Series Pass for $85, a Weekly Subscription for $27 or a 12-month pass for $199. If you are just after the Dally M Medal and the grand final, the Weekly pass is clearly the best option.


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How does voting for the Dally M Medal work?

Votes are handed out after each game during the regular season on a 3-2-1 system. The judges are largely made up of commentators who are mostly ex-rugby league players.

Why is it called the Dally M?

The term Dally M comes from the name of legendary footballer Dally Messenger. Messenger was a rugby union star in the early 1900s and it was his decision to switch to rugby league for the inaugural 1908 season in Australia that many tribute for giving the sport the attention and respect it needed. The moniker was adopted in 1998 for the official accolade for Player of the Year.

Dally M ladder after round 12

Player Club Votes
Harry Grant Wests Tigers 13
Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm 12
Clint Gutherson Parramatta Eels 12
Jason Taumalolo North Queensland Cowboys 11
Shaun Johnson Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 11
Nathan Cleary Penrith Panthers 11
Jack Wighton Canberra Raiders 10
Benji Marshall Wests Tigers 9
Matthew Dufty St George Illawarra Dragons 9
Tom Trbojevic Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 9
George Williams Canberra Raiders 8
James Tedesco Sydney Roosters 7
Apisai Koroisau Penrith Panthers 7
Cameron Munster Melbourne Storm 7
James Fisher-Harris Penrith Panthers 7
Luke Keary Sydney Roosters 7

Wondering when the rest of the finals are? Check out the 2020 NRL finals draw. Not sure who to stream with? We've got a Foxtel vs Kayo comparison so you can find which one best suits you.

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