How to watch women’s basketball: WNBL, WNBA, Opals
Here's how you can keep up with all the world's best women's basketball action in Australia, including the WNBL, WNBA and Opals matches.
While there's no shortage of basketball fans in Australia, men's competitions are usually the ones in the spotlight, which is a real shame, since women's basketball is just as compelling, and features talented players and enough action to keep you glued to the screen.
When it comes to coverage of women's basketball, Foxtel, Kayo Sports and SBS lead the way, with several competitions available live both on TV and online. Here's a quick rundown on how to keep up with the WNBL, WNBA, the Asia Cup and matches featuring the Opals. At the bottom of this article is a more detailed breakdown of Kayo Sports, too.
How to watch the WNBL in Australia
The Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) is the longest-running female sporting competition in Australia. Eight teams battle it out for the top prize. The current league champions are the University of Canberra Capitals, but it can all change in the 2019/2020 season, which is scheduled to kick off in October 2019.
On TV, SBS broadcasts one live match of the WNBL per round, plus the semi-finals and grand finals. Meanwhile, Fox Sports and Kayo Sports will broadcast selected matches throughout the season as well. You should keep an eye on the TV schedule for more information on which games will be available. We've also compared Foxtel and Kayo below.
How to watch the WNBA in Australia
The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is composed of 12 teams, with the Seattle Storm currently the defending champions. For the 2019 season, the finals are scheduled to kick-off at the end of September.
As far as coverage is concerned, SBS broadcasts one WNBA game per week during the regular season, as well as selected games from the first three rounds of the WNBA playoffs. Meanwhile, ESPN offers coverage of select WNBA games during the regular season, plus the WNBA playoffs and the WNBA finals.
You can watch ESPN on Foxtel IQ with the Sports channel pack and with Fetch TV, or you can stream it with Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. Additionally, you can watch on-demand playoff games with a WNBA League Pass subscription.
Live stream the Australian Opals Women's basketball team
Both SBS and Fox Sports offer coverage of the national basketball team's games. You can catch the Opals on both free-to-air and pay TV, or you can stream their games via Foxtel and Kayo Sports. It all depends on the competition, so it's best to check your TV schedule in advance for the games you are interested in.
How to watch the Women's Asia Cup
The FIBA Women's Asia Cup is a big tournament for the Opals. It's an international basketball tournament for women's national teams from FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania, including Australia. In 2019, the tournament will be held from 24 to 29 September in India.
Basketball fans can watch coverage of the competition on Fox Sports, either via Foxtel or via Kayo Sports. Every Australian game will be broadcast live.
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Watch women's basketball with Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world, including women's basketball. You can get a Basic subscription for $25/month, which lets you watch on two devices at the same time. Or you can opt for a Premium subscription, which supports three simultaneous streams for $35/month. Either way, new users get a 14-day free trial, which is quick and easy to access.
The multi-sport streaming platform lets you watch content live or on-demand, comes with a user-friendly interface and boasts several features that will likely appeal to sports enthusiasts. You can watch up to four videos at once on the same screen with SplitView or use the No Spoiler setting to hide scores when you're running late. Interactive Stats lets you explore an impressive range of statistics, Key Moments enables you to go right to the action that matters in selected games, and Kayo Minis deliver all the highlights from important matchups in less than 20 minutes. Read more about the service in our comprehensive Kayo Sports review.
The platform is available via the web on desktop computers and laptops, or you can download the app on your iOS or Android smartphone/tablet. Kayo Sports is also compatible with Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV and Chromecast.
Watch women's basketball with Foxtel
To watch women's basketball with Foxtel IQ you will need the Sports channel pack, generally priced at $29/month, on top of the base Entertainment Pack. Subscribers get access to all of Foxtel's sports channels, as well as the iQ4, the telco's most advanced set-top box. You can use it to record live TV or enjoy content in 4K. However, for the latter, you will also need to pay an extra $10/month for the Foxtel HD experience. Not to worry, though, Foxtel IQ deals are always available, so you can save on fees or installation costs. But expect to pay around $60/month.
Women's basketball games are available to watch on TV or you can stream them to your laptop or mobile device using Foxtel Go. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers.
You can also tune in for women's basketball games with Foxtel Now, as long as you have the Sports channel pack, priced at $29/month. However, this is a Premium channel pack, so you need to already be subscribed to Essentials to be able to add Sports to your subscription. Essentials costs $25/month and offers a variety of Pop and Lifestyle channels. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial, then it will cost $54/month ongoing.
Foxtel Now is compatible with Sony Android TV, Telstra TV, PS4, Chromecast, Airplay and the Foxtel Now Box. Users can watch on mobile devices with the Foxtel Go app – simply download it to your tablet or smartphone and login with your Foxtel Now credentials. The service is available on web browsers via Foxtel Go as well.
Watch Women's Basketball on SBS
Selected women's basketball games are available on the SBS network, usually on SBS Viceland. Basketball fans can also tune in via SBS on Demand if they want to stream games via the Internet for free.
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