How to live stream Big Bash T20 Cricket
There are multiple options when it comes to live streaming Big Bash T20 cricket in Australia, be it for free or through a premium service.
Australia's Big Bash T20 cricket competition is seriously big. We're not just talking about the sixes, the fours or Lynnsanity, we're talking about you, the fans. In terms of actual bums on seats, it's the ninth most attended sporting league in the world. It's only beaten by the likes of the English Premier League, the Bundesliga, the NFL and IPL.
It's pretty impressive when you think about how few of us – relatively – there are.
That said, you won't be able to make your way to every Big Bash T20 cricket game, and thankfully this sporting soap opera is live streamed every night. From December 19 to February 17, 2019. So, what are your options if you want to relax the night away to the cries of "howzat!"
No, you cannot stream Big Bash cricket on 7Plus
Let's start with perhaps one of the more confusing aspects of the live streaming Big Bash T20 cricket experience. This year, Channel 7 acquired the rights for the BBL on free-to-air TV from Channel 10. However, it did not get the rights to stream the BBL online. Those rights went to Foxtel, which we will discuss more below. Heading to the 7Plus app or webpage will only give you a live scoreboard to watch, slowly update. Boring!
No, you cannot stream Big Bash cricket on the Cricket Australia app
In a somewhat surprising move, Cricket Australia sold the Big Bash T20 cricket streaming rights to Foxtel in full, nullifying its own ability to show the cricket through the official app. Instead, the Cricket Australia app now focuses on domestic cricket. So, don't go looking to the official site for answers.
Where to watch BBL Big Bash T20 cricket in Australia
The rights to stream the Big Bash T20 cricket rest with Foxtel; specifically, all 59 games are shown live on Fox Sports 505. In addition to the actual game, there is pre and post-match analysis, highlights, historical games, chat shows and more available on the channel for cricket fans to feast on.
But there are now multiple ways to access Fox Sports 505 and, as you will see, significant price differences.
Option 1: Kayo Sports
- $25 per month, 14-day free trial
Launching in late 2018, Kayo Sports has taken the live sports streaming experience in Australia to the next level. Firstly, it works a treat across a host of platforms - iOS, Android, Apple TV, Telstra TV, in browsers and Chromecast – with more coming in the future. It has all the content from 13 of Foxtel's 21 sports channels (Fox Sports x 8, ESPN x 2, beIN Sports x 3: which are the best channels). All the content is delivered in HD. It has a stack of live sports streaming features that give you a viewing experience unlike anything else in the world. All that for almost a third of the price as...
Option 2: Foxtel IQ
- $60 per month, no free trial
If you want a more traditional pay TV experience, Foxtel and its IQ4 set-top box is where you will find Big Bash cricket. Its big selling point over Kayo is the ability to watch sports broadcast in 4K, in 4K, assuming you have a compatible TV. You also get access to a tonne of non-sporting content and the ability to record to the IQ box. It's also easy to watch it on your home TV, without needing to use a third-party app or ChromeCast. However, it all costs money. To get Big Bash on the sport channels, you first need to subscribe to the Pop & Lifestyle pack, and to get HD, the HD Pack. The install of IQ4 is also quite invasive to your home, too, and - depending on whether there is a free deal at the time - costly and takes time. At least the Sports Pack has an additional 8 channels than what we find on Kayo Sports (EuroSport, Sky Racing x 3, Racing.com and Premier League club channels x 3).
Option 3: Foxtel Go
- $60 per month, no free trial
Foxtel Go is the live sports streaming app sister product to Foxtel IQ. So, Foxtel IQ is box-locked in your home, and then whatever you subscribe to through that service, you can then view through the Foxtel Go app with the same login. You obviously don't get 4K or the ability to record Big Bash cricket on the Go app, but it does HD broadcasts of all content that you get as part of your Foxtel IQ purchase. So, you don't necessarily need the HD Pack. It is available through iOS and Android devices, and you do also get the Foxtel IQ4 box.
Option 4: Foxtel Now ($54 per month, 10-day free trial)
- $54 per month, 10-day free trial
Sitting between Kayo Sports and Foxtel IQ is Foxtel Now. It is a streaming alternative to the Foxtel IQ service, with all the same channels and the option to have a small, feature-lite and non-invasive box under your TV. This costs $99 up front, and doesn't record or do 4K, but it does allow you to have other apps – like YouTube - and cast from s mobile/tablet device through to your TV. However, you don't need the box. The Foxtel Now app is available on a host of devices, such as iOS, Android, some Smart TVs (Sony, Samsung, LG), PC, Mac, Chromecast, Xbox and PlayStation.
Unless you're desperate for 4K Big Bash cricket or want the non-sporting channels, Kayo Sports is a clear winner as your best destination to stream (and indeed just watch) Big Bash cricket. With a tonne of new features expected to roll out through 2019, it's expected to get even better, too. With no lock-in contract, it's also a no-brainer to at least trial the service.
It's also worth noting that all of the above options include the out-of-game Big Bash content. So, press conferences, chat shows, pre and post-game analysis, and so forth. No matter which option you choose, you will get the maximum amount of Big Bash live stream content.
BBL team squads and fixtures schedule
If you're interested to learn more about who is playing this year, and when and where each and every game of the season is on, we have all that information for you here. We also have some incredible Big Bash statistics for you to feast upon.