How to watch the 2018 NRL Premiership online in Australia

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Never miss another scrum with our guide to NRL streaming.

Watching the NRL on free-to-air TV can be a pretty lousy experience. Not only are you chained to the couch the whole time, you miss out on more than half the action every round, with only a handful of matches broadcast on traditional TV.

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Until recently, the only alternative has been shelling out for a Foxtel subscription, a costly solution if you're only going to use it for watching the footy. Fortunately, the advent of online streaming has brought about a better option: NRL Live, a subscription streaming service dedicated to all things rugby league. By purchasing an NRL Live Pass, you can stream every single Premiership game live to your phone or tablet, ensuring you'll never have to miss a match again.

This week's NRL matches

Date Time (AEST) Match Venue
Thursday 16 August 7:50PM Broncos vs Rabbitohs Suncorp Stadium
Friday 17 August 6:00PM Sea Eagles vs Titans Lottoland
Friday 17 August 7:55PM Storm vs Eels AAMI Park
Saturday 18 August 3:00PM Panthers vs Knights Panthers Stadium
Saturday 18 August 5:30PM Wests Tigers vs Dragons Leichhardt Oval
Saturday 18 August 7:35PM Sharks vs Cowboys Southern Cross Group Stadium
Sunday 19 August 2:00PM Bulldogs vs Warriors ANZ Stadium
Sunday 19 August 4:10PM Raiders vs Roosters GIO Stadium

How does NRL Live Pass work?

The NRL Live app serves as your gateway to the world of NRL streaming. You can download the app for free on Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices, and without forking over a cent you'll have access to live scores and statistics, match highlight videos, and up-to-date news and reports.

To get the full NRL Live experience, though, you'll need to subscribe to the NRL Live Pass which lets you live stream all Telstra Premiership matches, including Rep Games and the Finals Series, as well as all Nines and All Stars events. Live streams of the NRL Grand Final and the State of Origin series are not available via the NRL Live Pass, however, though you can watch full match replays of these after the fact.

What does an NRL Live Pass subscription get me?

While anyone can watch video highlights and view live scores for free through the NRL Live app, only NRL Live Pass subscribers can stream matches as they happen, directly to their phone or tablet. With an NRL Live Pass subscription, you also get access to live streams of post-match press conferences as well as full match replays just 12 hours after the final whistle.

For NRL history buffs, there's also an archive of over 400 NRL Telstra Premiership matches from 2013 onwards available to watch on-demand. Best of all, if you miss a live stream, you can set it so the app hides the scores for played matches, giving you a chance to go back and watch the replay without knowing the outcome.

Fans that attend NRL games in person are also eligible to access NRL Live Pass premium content for free during the match, regardless of whether they have an active NRL Live Pass subscription or not. With geolocation services activated on your mobile device, the NRL Live app will automatically detect if you are in the vicinity of an eligible venue and advise you of how to claim the free offer.

How much does it cost?

There are two ways of subscribing to NRL Live Pass: a Weekly Pass will set you back $3.99/week while an Annual Pass goes for $99.99.

However, if you're a Telstra mobile customer, you won't need to pay a thing; all Telstra consumer and small business post-paid mobile plans, consumer mobile broadband plans, and pre-paid services that maintain more than $30 of recharge credit come with a free NRL Live subscription for the 2018 season. To activate your free subscription, all you need to do is log into the NRL Live app from your Telstra mobile device and click the "I'm a Telstra customer" button.

It's also worth noting that Live Pass subscriptions auto-renew unless you explicitly opt out, so make sure to change your settings if you don't want to be charged indefinitely.

What devices are compatible with NRL Live Pass?

NRL Live supports a wide range of mobile devices through its respective mobile apps. For Apple users, the Official NRL app requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 9.0 or later. Android users need a smartphone with Android 4.4 or higher or a tablet with Android 4.2 or higher to run the Official Android NRL app. Users on Windows Phone, meanwhile, need to be running Windows Phone 8 or higher to access the Official Windows NRL app.

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Stream the NRL through the official app with a weekly, yearly pass or for free as a Telstra customer.

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Due to Telstra's agreement with the NRL, the NRL Live apps are subject to a number of limitations. The maximum display size of live streams is 7 inches diagonally, with full-screen mode disabled on devices with displays larger than 7 inches. You also can't output live streams to your TV through streaming devices like Google Chromecast or Apple Airplay. These restrictions do not apply to highlight videos or full match replays.

Support for non-mobile devices is limited to Windows and Mac laptops running a compatible web browser. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer 9+, Mozilla Firefox 28+, Google Chrome 31+ and Safari 6+.

Additionally, each NRL Live Pass subscription supports access for a maximum of 10 devices at any one time in order to prevent excessive account sharing.

How much data does NRL Live use?

Watching matches and other videos through NRL Live can use up quite a bit of data, and if you're streaming on-the-go, it's important to be aware of the toll it'll take on your monthly data cap. As a guide, streaming an 80-minute NRL match to a tablet typically uses around 900MB of data while on a smaller phone screen that drops to around 400MB.

Once again, Telstra customers are at an advantage here. If you're on a BigPond ADSL, Cable, NBN, or Telstra mobile Internet connection, all NRL Live video content is unmetered – in other words, it won't count against your monthly cap. However, this offer does not apply to Telstra mobile broadband dongles, Wi-Fi hotspots or business broadband plans.


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    brendanFebruary 28, 2018

    Hi, regarding live streaming NRL games live, I notice on a different website the tablet needs to b a certain size and brand, is this true? Or as long as it’s running Android 4.2 or above? I’m not a Telstra customer…can I live stream the games with Wi-Fi at home without maxing out my data? Cheers

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      MattFebruary 28, 2018Staff

      Hi Brendan,

      Thanks for your question. You don’t need a specific brand of tablet to stream NRL games live, though the tablet must be less than 7 inches in size (measured diagonally across the screen).

      If you’re streaming games on your home Wi-Fi connection, the average match is going to use up approximately 900MB of data if you’re on a tablet, and approximately 400MB of data on a smaller phone. Whether this will max out your data will depend on how large your home broadband data cap is.

      I hope this helps!

      Regards,

      Matt

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