How to live stream 2020 State of Origin Game 1 in Australia
NSW are seeking a third straight series win over Queensland when this year's State of Origin kicks off in Adelaide. This is how to watch.
State of Origin is finally here! Just about the most popular event among rugby league lovers and many sports fans in general, the annual showdown between NSW and Queensland is being held in the highly unfamiliar time of November in 2020.
Pushed back due to the pandemic, the Blues have a shot at a third straight triumph. They have achieved that twice previously, in 1994 and 2005. The Maroons are banking on a young team, but they can never be underestimated, particularly with Wayne Bennett returning as coach.
When is State of Origin Game 1 kick off?
For the first time ever, Adelaide is hosting a State of Origin match. Game 1 will kick off at 8:10pm AEDT on Wednesday 4 November at Adelaide Oval. Here's the start time for every state.
- Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart: 8:10pm AEDT
- Adelaide: 07:40pm ACDT
- Brisbane: 07:10pm AEST
- Darwin: 6:40pm ACST
- Perth 5:10pm AWST
How to watch State of Origin Game 1
You have some different options for watching the opening game live and on delay. Channel 9 and 9 Now are showing the game exclusively live. You can then watch it on delay straight after the match on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports through FOX LEAGUE.
Watch State of Origin Game 1 on free-to-air TV
You can watch Game 1 live on Channel 9. If you want to stream the match, you can sign up for a free account and watch along on 9 Now. The streaming option also has some different camera angles.
If you want a vast range of special features and access to more than 50 sports live and on-demand, you might want to consider a Kayo Sports subscription.
Stream State of Origin Game 1 replay on Kayo Sports
As soon as the match has finished on free-to-air TV, it is available on Kayo Sports. Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial. It also has a range of special features to add to your Origin experience. You can watch a Kayo Mini to get all the highlights in one package. Interactive Stats, No Spoilers and Key Moments are also options.
After the trial period, a Basic subscription to Kayo is $25 a month to watch on 2 screens or $35 a month for a third screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review. Kayo offers you a way to get Fox Sports without Foxtel.
In total Kayo broadcasts more than 50 sports, including a wide variety of timeless, evergreen content. It is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
Live stream State of Origin Game 1 from overseas
If you're looking to watch the game from outside of Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands then your best bet is Watch NRL. The service has every single State of Origin match live or on-demand as well as the NRL and the Fox League channel. A monthly subscrption costs $39 and would get you access to the entire series.
Who will win State of Origin Game 1?
It is always foolish to write off Queensland. At a time when they were considered the inferior state, the Maroons won the first three series ever held, between 1982 and 1984. Perhaps their most famous upset win was a 3-0 whitewash in 1995 during the Super League war.
Yet we still think this NSW team deserves its firm favouritism. With the likes of James Tedesco, captain Boyd Cordner, Nathan Cleary and Damien Cook, the Blues have troops that know what it takes to win. We're wary of the wily Wayne Bennett, but still think NSW should win Game 1.
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