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Channel 9 NRL 2023: Which team has the most free-to-air games on TV?


We've calculated how much you can watch each team on free-to-air TV.

The NRL shows a mix of games on both free-to-air TV's Channel 9 and Fox League on subscription services.

NRL fans who want to catch their team week in and week out will need a subscription. Followers of certain teams will need this more often than not in 2023.

At the start of the 2023 season, we've broken down how many games each club gets on Channel 9.

NRL Channel 9 free-to-air breakdown 2023

In 2023, Channel 9 claims that the NRL Premiership will feature the most games on free-to-air TV in history, but is your team part of that bonanza?

Keep in mind that depending on what state or territory you're in, the games might not screen on the main Channel 9 but on 9Gem.

Channel 9 screens 3 out of the 8 NRL games each week, so your team already has a less than 50% chance of making it onto free-to-air TV each round.

As in past years, if you follow the Broncos you're in luck. They are the team with the most coverage on Channel 9 in 2023.

This year, there are also a couple of other teams that get equal the amount of Channel 9 coverage – the Rabbitohs and Roosters.

These 3 NRL teams have just over half of their games on Channel 9 in 2023.

Fans of the Panthers, Eels, Sea Eagles and Storm should also be pleased, as in 2023 half of their games are on Channel 9.

The team with the least games on Channel 9 in 2023 is once again the Warriors with only 3.

Other teams that have less than 30% of their games on Channel 9 are the Titans, Knights and Bulldogs.

All up, there are 10 teams that have less than 50% of their 2023 matches featured on Channel 9.

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There is one thing to note though, as the NRL finals race heats up towards the end of the season, Channel 9 usually screens another game each week.

So your team may have more games featuring on Channel 9 in 2023, but chances are only if they're in the hunt for the top 8.

Which NRL teams fare better and worse on Channel 9 in 2023?

The teams that get the most and least Channel 9 coverage throughout the year are largely the same teams as in 2022, but there has been some shift in numbers for 2023.

This is a result of how teams performed last season.

After going from second-last in 2021 to third on the ladder last year, the Cowboys have 3 extra 2023 games on Channel 9.

Likewise for the Sharks, their second-placed ladder finish last season also sees them feature in 3 more games on Channel 9 in 2023.

The Broncos fell away towards the end of the 2022 NRL season, so they have 4 fewer games on Channel 9 this year, but still maintain their position as one of the teams with the most free-to-air coverage.

Part of these losses might also be due to the Dolphins entering the NRL competition this year, with the fourth Queensland team having 9 games on Channel 9 in 2023.

In their debut season, that's better than 6 other established teams in the competition.

After going from the top 8 in 2021 to finishing near the bottom of the ladder in 2022, the Knights and Titans won't be seen as frequently on Channel 9 in 2023, losing 4 and 3 games respectively.

When is my NRL team on Channel 9?

Due to scheduling quirks, some teams will take a while to appear on Channel 9.

While the majority of teams will have their first game on Channel 9 within the first 3 rounds, you won't find the Warriors or the Sharks on there until round 5.

Dragons and Titans fans have the longest wait for free-to-air coverage as they won't have a game on Channel 9 until round 6.

You can see our full NRL schedule for viewing details for every single match and broadcast details.

How can I watch every NRL game in 2023?

While you might be okay watching the odd game on Channel 9, there is only 1 way to watch every game of the 2023 NRL season live up until the Grand Final and that is on Fox League.

You can access that with a subscription to Foxtel or Kayo Sports.

New users can enjoy a 10-day free trial with Foxtel Now.

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It then costs at least $54 a month to stream the NRL with Foxtel Now once your free trial ends, but you also get access to entertainment content as part of your subscription.

Kayo also carries the Fox League coverage and if you are yet to try it out, it has a 7-day trial for new customers.

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After your free trial, subscriptions to Kayo start from $25 a month and that lets you watch on 1 device at a time.

If you want to subscribe to Foxtel iQ and watch with a set-top box, that costs at least $74 a month with no free trial.

However, if your team makes the NRL Grand Final, then the only place you can watch live is on Channel 9 or stream via 9Now.

You can find out more about watching NRL in our full guide.

  1. NRL Draw 2023
  2. Nine press release, 27 February 2023

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