How to watch the 2016 State of Origin live stream

Alex Kidman 26 May 2016

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The 2016 NRL State Of Origin series promises to be a hard-hitting spectacle pitting, as they say, mate against mate and state against state. Here’s how you can catch all the action as it unfolds.

The first game of State Of Origin 2016 will be played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on 1 June 2016, with following games at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 22 June 2016 and then back at ANZ Stadium on 13 July 2016.

State Of Origin 2016: Free to air/Subscription TV options

In terms of terrestrial TV, Channel 9 holds the rights and will broadcast each game on free to air TV live if that’s your viewing choice. For the first time, the main channel broadcast will be in HD.

Channel 9 does stream its broadcasting live online via 9Now, but  in the case of State Of Origin (and NRL football generally) it doesn’t hold the Internet streaming rights.

Fox Sports will show State Of Origin, but does not hold the rights to show the games live, so it  will broadcast them on delay (usually several times) after each match if you do have to miss out due to other obligations.

State Of Origin 2016: Live stream

The Internet streaming rights for State Of Origin (and the NRL season generally) are held by Telstra, which has a similar arrangement with the AFL, as well as a recently announced partnership with Netball Australia. Telstra runs all official NRL streaming through its NRL Footy Pass service.

State Of Origin 2016: How much will Footy Pass cost me?

On a standalone basis, NRL Footy Pass costs $2.99 per week or $89.99 for an annual pass, with a single week’s free trial available. Given the first game in the series is only a week away, you could sign up for the week’s trial with no risk to watch the first game by itself. The subsequent games could be watched at the straight $2.99 weekly price, along with any other games in that week’s scheduling that took your fancy, for a total minimum price of $5.98, or $8.97 if you’ve previously sampled Footy Pass.

If you're looking to stream on mobile or tablet, you can purchase the NRL Footy Pass directly through the official NRL app. 

That’s only if you’re not an existing Telstra mobile customer, because there you’ve got options that could deliver all three games to you at no cost.

State Of Origin 2016: Footy Pass for Telstra customers

Telstra also offers the Footy Pass as an option to customers on both contract and prepaid plans.

For prepaid customers, it’s only the Freedom Plus plan that gives you the option of the NRL Footy Pass, and your access to Footy Pass expires 60 days after your last prepaid recharge of at least $30. It’s also a binary choice; you can have the NRL Footy Pass or the AFL Live Pass for similar AFL-based sports streaming, but not both. If you’re a Freedom Plus customer you’ve got until 22 August 2016 to redeem a pass for the code of your choice, but that’s well after State Of Origin has passed in any case.

Telstra contract mobile customers on personal or small business mobile or mobile broadband plans may be eligible for access with that access date pushed all the way back to 31 December 2016, which would only be good for re-runs of State Of Origin. You can check your eligibility for Telstra’s free pass from a Telstra device (tablet or smartphone) by heading to this page, disabling your Wi-Fi connection and allowing Telstra to check your device plan.

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14 Responses to How to watch the 2016 State of Origin live stream

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    jakekeenanturner | June 20, 2016

    Will it be in HD? I have league pass but the quality is poor. I can’t have this for origin

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      Alex | June 20, 2016

      Hi Jake,

      Unfortunately League Pass doesn’t broadcast in HD.

      Regards,

      Alex.

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    samson | June 1, 2016

    How do I watch live state of origin on my laptop using my modem card from a remote part of Papua New Guinea?

    • Staff
      Brodie | June 6, 2016

      Hi Samson,

      Though there is no guarantee that you will be able to access it, your only option would be to use a VPN. Check out our guide to using a VPN.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    Aloha | June 1, 2016

    In hawaii how can I watch origin…tia…

    • Staff
      Brodie | June 27, 2016

      Hi there,

      Unfortunately, the services above are geo-restricted, meaning you can only access them in Australia. However, some VPN services allow you to mask your IP so you appear to be viewing from Australia. Though we can’t guarantee this method will work, it’s the only option you have for viewing while abroad.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    Kurt | June 1, 2016

    how much data will i use watching State of Origin on my phone

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      Alex | June 1, 2016

      Hi Kurt,

      Presuming an SD stream, as a rough rule of thumb you can expect to get through 1GB/hour, so roughly 2GB to watch the entire event via your phone.

      Regards,

      Alex.

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    Greg | June 1, 2016

    Hi I am in Curacao (Caribbean) and looking for somewhere to see the state of origin. Any ideas?

    • Staff
      Shirley | June 1, 2016

      Hi Greg,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately there are no broadcasters in Curacao showing the State of Origin. You may be able to stream it from here if you have a stable internet connection.

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    Glenn | May 30, 2016

    H there. We are on holidays in Switzerland but cannot find how to watch state of origin there. We have wifi on my iPad with a local sim with heaps f data available and I’m a Telstra business customer on my iPhone but figured that would use a lot of data
    Thanks
    Glenn

    • Staff
      Shirley | May 31, 2016

      Hi Glenn,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately there are no official public broadcasters in Switzerland. You may want to consider streaming it online, via this site.

      Hope this helps.

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    Peter | May 27, 2016

    I’m currently in Malaysia on holidays. How do I watch the State of Origin live?

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      Shirley | May 30, 2016

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your question.

      According to the NRL website, Setanta Asia will be broadcasting the State of Origin live.

      There are also paid services available to stream State of Origin.

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