2019 V8 Supercars live: The best ways to watch

Chris Stead 28 February 2019 NEWS

The engines have started for the 2019 V8 Supercars Championship and there's plenty of great racing to watch before the final chequered flag. Here is how you can make sure you never miss a minute.

Who will win the 2019 V8 Supercars Championship? There's plenty of intrigue going into this year after Scott McLaughlin clinched his maiden title – and only the second for Ford in the last eight attempts – on the last day of the 2018 calendar.

For starters, last year's winning Ford Falcon has been superseded by the gorgeous new Mustang GT. How will it go? We've also got seven-time champion Jamie Wincup still in the mix, as well as former champions James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom. Australia's first female V8 Supercars star, Simona de Silvestro, will be pushing for a maiden victory in her Nissan, too.

Plus there is the unmistakable feeling that 2019 is the dawn of a new era, with the championship's two most experienced drivers, Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes, missing from all but the endurance rounds. In these rounds, their presence – partnering with Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Wincup respectively – could decide the title.

So how can you make sure you never miss a lap? Here's our extensive guide to the 2019 V8 Supercars Championship and where to watch it.

Where to watch the 2019 V8 Supercars live

There is only one place where you can watch every lap of every track of the 2019 V8 Supercars Championship and that's through the Fox Sports 506 channel. This is available via Foxtel IQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. Fox Sports 506 will broadcast the practice sessions, qualifying rounds and race day events.

For those of you who are hoping to watch the V8 Supercars for free in 2019, outside of the Kayo Sports free trial period, there's not much you can see without investing a few pennies. Only 6 of the 15 rounds will air free on Channel 10, a list of which we detail below.

But focusing first on Fox Sports 506, here is a comparison of the three ways you can watch it.

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Kayo Sports: This is the best way to watch the 2019 V8 Supercars Championship (and most other sports in Australia). If you're not familiar with Australia's newest live sports streaming service, we have a full review here. Needless to say, it has almost all of the same sports content as Foxtel at less than half the price, with greater device flexibility and a host of fantastic sports-specific viewing features.

Pros:

  • Just $25 per month for two users.
  • Instant sign-up and cancellation systems with no contacts.
  • 14-day free trial.
  • Available through PC, Mac, iOS, Android, ChromeCast, Apple TV and Android TV.
  • Great viewing features, such as picture-in-picture, splitscreen mode, hide scores, rewind live TV and jump to key moments.
  • Raceview Mode where you can choose to watch the Supercars from three different camera angles, or use splitview to watch all three at once.
  • All the content from 13 sports channels: Fox Sports 1-8, EPSN 1-2 and beIN Sports 1-3.

Cons:

  • You can't record (although the content is on demand anyway).
  • Does consume 3G/4G data when used without Wi-Fi.
  • Does require a ChromeCast to watch on a TV (here is a guide).
  • Doesn't air in 4K – HD only.
  • You don't get Eurosport, Chelsea TV, Liverpool TV, Man U TV or the Sky Racing channels.

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Foxtel IQ: For the traditional viewing experience, direct to your TV with no device as the middleman, Foxtel IQ remains your best option. The latest IQ4 set-top box does allow for 4K content, which is one of the big plusses of the service. At this stage, Foxtel has not confirmed which, if any, of this year's races will be broadcast in 4K, but we'll update this page as news comes to hand. While a TV-based service, those who sign up to Foxtel IQ also get the Foxtel Go app, which streams any channels to which you are subscribed to iOS and Android devices. The big con here is the cost, in part due to the fact you can't just get sports channels on their own.

Pros:

  • The opportunity to watch in 4K.
  • The Foxtel Go app allows you to live stream and watch on television easily.
  • Includes a host of non-sporting channels.
  • You get every sports channel.

Cons:

  • Costs $68 per month.
  • You have to get the non-sporting channels even if you don't want them.
  • The Foxtel Go app isn't as device-wide as Kayo Sports.
  • You don't get any of the sports-viewing features.
  • You don't get Raceview Mode.
  • There are often installation fees and a contract.
  • It isn't an instant service, as it requires the installation of a physical box.
  • The installation of said box is destructive to your home.

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Foxtel Now: The Foxtel Now service is caught in the middle ground between Kayo Sports and Foxtel IQ. It offers a reduced set-top box experience for relatively straightforward viewing on your TV, but it's also a full streaming service, allowing you to watch channels you're subscribed to on the go. However, given its price, it's really not worth it for either situation.

Pros:

  • Includes a host of non-sporting channels.
  • Instant access.
  • 14-day free trial.
  • User installs set-top box.
  • You get every sports channel.

Cons:

  • You have to pay for those non-sporting channels.
  • Costs $54 per month.
  • Set-top box is an additional $99.
  • You don't get any of the sport-viewing features.
  • You don't get Raceview Mode.

How to live stream the 2019 V8 Supercars Championship

In line with our above comparison, Kayo Sports is not only the best way to watch the V8 Supercars series, but it's also the best way to stream the V8 Supercars series. With its litany of great sports-specific viewing features, and now with Raceview as well, it's a no brainer.

Which V8 Supercars races are on Channel 10?

As mentioned, only 6 of 2019's 15 V8 Supercars rounds can be watched live on free-to-air TV via Channel 10. The majority of them are late in the season, too. These are not streamed via the TenPlay app, either, just through the terrestrial network. The other rounds will be shown as packaged highlights at the channel's discretion, but not live. The seven rounds you can watch are:

  • Superloop Adelaide 500 (Round 1)
  • Watpac Townsville 400 (Round 8)
  • Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (Round 12)
  • Vodafone Gold Coast 600 (Round 13)
  • Sandown 500 (Round 14)
  • Coates Hire Newcastle 500 (Round 15)

How to watch the 2019 V8 Supercars series from overseas

Whether you are in Bali, the US, England or almost anywhere else in the world, you don't have to miss out on the V8 Supercars action. You can watch the 2019 V8 Supercars series from anywhere outside of Australia and New Zealand using Superview. It's a solid service, offering every qualifying session and every championship race live or on demand. The cost is $59.95, but again, this is not available to people connecting from within Australia or New Zealand.

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