How to watch the 2017 State of Origin live stream
With one victory each for NSW and Queensland, Game 3 is the decider - and it's quite simple to watch the action online.
Game 1 of State Of Origin 2017 on 31 May saw New South Wales the victors with an impressive 28-4 victory over Queensland. Game 2 on 21 June turned the tables, with Queensland coming out on top 18-14. So game 3 on Wednesday 12 July 2017 is critical. If you want to watch online, what are your choices?
State Of Origin 2017: Free to air/Subscription TV options
As it has done for years past, Channel 9 has the rights to broadcast State Of Origin on free-to-air TVThe kickoff for games scheduled around 8:15pm each night of a game.
Channel 9 does broadcast the majority of its programming live online via 9Now, but Origin is one of those exceptions where it doesn't hold the Internet broadcast rights, so you won't be able to watch that way.
Fox Sports will show State Of Origin, but does not hold the live rights, meaning it can only broadcast the game after it's actually over. That may suit you if you're a shift worker with a Foxtel subscription, but only if you can stay away from most forms of social and broadcast media in the meantime, as game results are broadcast wide and loud as soon as the final siren blows.
State Of Origin 2017: Live stream
If you want to stream the State Of Origin live on the Internet, you've got to deal with the rights holder for Origin online, and indeed all NRL games, and that's Telstra. Telstra has invested significantly in online sports rights in Australia, and offers all NRL content through its NRL Live Pass service.
State Of Origin 2017: How much will NRL Live Pass cost me?
If you only wanted a single week of NRL Live Pass, it would set you back $3.99 per week, or $99.99 for a full year. Telstra does offer a one-week trial of the service for new customers, so there's potential to catch just one of the State Of Origin games for absolutely nothing. Watching the entire series would then only cost you $7.98 for the two weeks you couldn't get for free.
If you're looking to stream on mobile or tablet, you can purchase the NRL Live Pass directly through the official iOS NRL app or the official Android iOS app. Bear in mind that using the mobile app on mobile networks will incur data charges in most cases for content you're viewing if you're out and about.
Telstra's rights are explicitly for the Australian market only, so if you're overseas you're either going to have to find a local broadcaster with the rights, a sports bar showing the game, or use a VPN to effectively sneak back into Australia, at least virtually.
However, if you're a Telstra mobile customer, you don't have to pay for either NRL Live Pass access, or indeed the data used to watch State Of Origin 2017 on the go.
State Of Origin 2017: NRL Live Pass for Telstra customers
Telstra uses its NRL rights as a significant hook to lure in fans.
That's because if you're a Telstra Mobile customer on any contract plan, or any prepaid plan with at least a $30 recharge, you qualify for a free NRL Live Pass when using your Telstra mobile service. Signup is through the app and must be done from your Telstra mobile device, but once that hurdle is jumped you're free to watch as much NRL as you like without incurring either subscription or data usage charges.
The one caveat there is that, just as Channel 9 doesn't hold small screen online rights, Telstra doesn't hold the rights to stream its content up to larger displays. That means that match broadcasts are limited to a screen size of no greater than 7 inches diagonally, and services such as Apple's AirPlay or Google's Chromecast streaming are explicitly blocked.
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