How to watch the 2017 NRL Grand Final online
Whether you're on-the-go or at your PC, here's how to catch the Storm take on the Cowboys without hooking up your TV.
After a frustrating loss to the Cronulla Sharks last year, the Melbourne Storm have fought their way back for another shot at the NRL Grand Final. Determined to stop them are the North Queensland Cowboys, who have come up from eighth-place to earn their shot at Premiership victory.
Kicking off at 7:15PM AEDT on Sunday 1 October, the 2017 NRL Grand Final will be hosted at ANZ Stadium in Sydney and broadcast live on Channel Nine. If neither of these two options grab you, though, there are plenty of alternatives for watching the NRL Grand Final online.
FoxtelFoxtel offers two ways to stream the NRL Grand Final, though the catch is that it's not live. The Foxtel broadcast kicks in after the match has ended, starting at 9:30PM AEDT.
If you've got a traditional Foxtel subscription, you can download the Foxtel Go app to your computer or mobile device and watch the game there. If you've signed up for Foxtel's online-only streaming service Foxtel Now, you'll need to download the Foxtel Now or Foxtel Play app (the name will differ depending on your particular device) to stream the final.
For both Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now, you'll need to have subscribed to Foxtel's Sports package in order to get the Fox League channel, where the match will be broadcast.
Though you won't be able to watch the final live, you can take advantage of Foxtel Now's two-week free trial to stream the game for free.
NRL Live Pass
The NRL runs a subscription service known as NRL Live Pass, which gets you access to live streams of every NRL game played over the season, including the Grand Final. You're not bound to your TV, either. The NRL Live mobile app is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, plus you can stream directly through the NRL Live website using your computer or laptop. On top of the live action, you can also check out up-to-the-second statistics, live highlights and full match replays.
Normally, an NRL Live Pass subscription will set you back $3.99 a week, but you can currently sign up for a one-week free trial if you've never used the service before. Because you're not locked into anything, you can use this trial to watch the Grand Final and cancel afterwards without having to pay.
Telstra mobile customers get an even better deal. All of Telstra's post-paid mobile plan customers, mobile broadband plan customers and prepaid plan customers that maintain more than $30 of credit get a free subscription to NRL Live Pass for the 2017 season. To activate this, you simply need to log into the NRL Live mobile app using your Telstra-connected device and click the "I'm a Telstra customer" button.
Can I watch the final on 9Now?
Even though 9Now typically streams most of Channel Nine's shows live, the network doesn't have the rights to broadcast any NRL matches online, Grand Final included.