How to watch the 2016 State of Origin live stream
The 2016 NRL State Of Origin series promises to be a hard-hitting spectacle pitting 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.