How to watch 2020 FA Cup live in Australia

England's FA Cup is ready for some 4th round replays. Will one of the superpowers of English football take out the title once more or can an upstart shake up the competition?

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Proudly known as the world's oldest football competition, the FA Cup was first held in 1871-82. Open to any professional club in the English football league system, it is known for some fairytale runs and epic upsets.

It is still traditionally taken out by the top five or six clubs in the Premier League. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have dominated the competition for more than 20 years. Since 1996, only twice has a team outside those five clubs won it – Portsmouth in 2008 and Wigan in 2013.

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How to watch FA Cup matches in Australia

ESPN secured the rights to broadcast the FA Cup in Australia late last year. It is showing games on both its main and HD channels. That means you can watch it on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or on Kayo Sports. Fetch TV also has access to games. Read on to find out more.

How to watch the FA Cup on Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports broadcasts a selection of the biggest matches of the FA Cup. Matches including Liverpool, Man City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are also live.

Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial so the FA Cup fifth round could be the ideal time to test it out along with the Carabao Cup final. All up, Kayo has access to more than 50 sports and we have put together a full review of the service for you.

Subscriptions for Kayo Sports are $25/month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens.

Kayo also has a number of special features, such as Kayo Minis. Available shortly after matches have completed, you can then watch a condensed version. Other features include SplitView, where you can watch four events at once, plus Interactive Stats and a Key Moments Timeline.

The platform is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2018 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.

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How to watch the FA Cup on Foxtel iQ

ESPN is broadcasting seven matches in total across this weekend plus Monday and Tuesday morning. If you have a Foxtel iQ subscription including the Sports HD pack, you are all set.

ESPN can also be streamed on your laptop or mobile using Foxtel GO or the ESPN app. Both are free with your Sports HD pack for $25/month through Foxtel. The problem though is that you must also sign up for the Foxtel Plus package for $49/month.

This blows the total monthly bill out to $74 per month. Foxtel is also the only broadcaster in Australia that currently offers users access to 4K sports content which is a bonus.

You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, though Foxtel iQ deals are also regularly available.

How to watch the FA Cup via Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now is the pay TV giant's digital streaming service. You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack which costs $54/month. So while it's cheaper than iQ, you're still paying double the price of Kayo Sports to get your FA Cup fix.

If you haven't tried it previously, Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial. We have also put together a full guide which includes the list of compatible devices.

How to watch the FA Cup on Fetch TV

Subscription television service Fetch TV also has access to ESPN and is showing six games in the FA Cup third round. You can access it via the Vibe channel pack for $6/month. The total cost of your subscription will depend on whether you bought your Fetch box outright or through a broadband provider.

What is the FA Cup format?

The 3rd round of the FA Cup pits 64 teams against each other. It is the round where the Premier League and Championship sides enter the tournament. The matches are decided by a draw, with the first teams drawn having the advantage of playing at home.

The majority of 3rd round matches are being played on Saturday 4 January and Sunday 5 January UK time, or Sunday and Monday morning AEDT. All ties are single-match knockouts.

The 32 winners progress to the 4th round, where 16 teams will proceed to the 5th round. From there they contest the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The last three matches are all held at Wembley Stadium in London.

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