NRL (General Discussion)

NRL Goes Global With Launch Of Fox Sports’ Watch NRL Streaming Service

FOX SPORTS to take NRL to the rest of the world
Watch NRL anywhere*, anytime, LIVE and on demand with new international streaming service
Every Premiership, Finals and State Of Origin match LIVE plus FOX LEAGUE’s week long line-up of entertainment
IMG to sell international NRL broadcast rights

Fox Sports Australia

FOX SPORTS Australia today announced a new partnership to bring international NRL fans and Aussies living or travelling overseas every match of the NRL Premiership season including the Finals Series and Grand Final, LIVE and on demand with Watch NRL.

The new streaming service, which will launch in time for the 2018 Premiership season, will also include the State of Origin Series, Australian men’s and women’s international matches played on home soil plus matches from the Intrust State competitions.

FOX LEAGUE commentators Matty Johns,Gorden Tallis, Yvonne Sampson,Michael Ennis, Mal Meninga and Braith Anasta will guide viewers through all the LIVE action with Australia’s 24/7 dedicated Rugby League channel, FOX LEAGUE, keeping fans informed and entertained all week long.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “When we negotiated the new NRL broadcast deal in 2015, News Corp committed to helping grow the game in Australia and overseas.

“In 2018, that promise comes to life when FOX SPORTS delivers the world’s first international NRL streaming service to feature every NRL game plus FOX LEAGUE’s famous entertainment shows – anywhere, anytime live and on demand.

“Watch NRL will take the game to millions of fans around the world, and by tapping into News Corp’s global reach, the game and its players, will be seen by a whole new audience.

“With so much attention on our NRL players in the US and UK at the moment, and a growing fan base it’s a great time to launch Watch NRL and harness this growing interest,” Mr Delany said.

NRL CEO, Todd Greenberg, said: “One of my main goals is to encourage more people to watch our game.

“This streaming service means fans living or travelling overseas will be able to watch the best rugby league in the world when and how they want.

“We have to make it easier for fans to see their teams in action – and that’s what this initiative does.”

FOX SPORTS has also partnered with IMG to sell international NRL broadcast rights for the next five years. IMG will sell all rights exclusively to the Pacific Territories as well as broadcast packages to the rest of the world with FOX SPORTS managing the broadcast rights for the USA and the UK.

Chris Guinness, SVP, AsiaPac, IMG Media, said: “We are delighted to be extending our relationships with both the NRL and FOX SPORTS Australia for the next five years. The NRL is the pre-eminent brand in Rugby League and a popular product among international broadcasters. Our aim is always to help grow and enhance exposure, especially now with the increasing number of platforms that show live sport around the world.”

The Watch NRL product by FOX SPORTS will provide the best user experience, including the ability for viewers to pause and rewind, plus choose where they start watching live matches, set notifications and access more on demand NRL programming. Watch NRL will be the destination for fans outside of Australia to watch every NRL match, LIVE and on demand.

Users can choose the way they watch, from the dedicated website, via the Watch NRL mobile and tablet Apps for iOS and Android or through TV screens with Airplay or Chromecast enabled for all Watch NRL apps.

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*Watch NRL content will only be accessible outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Territories.



The NSWRL’s premier competition, the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, will be broadcast live on Channel Nine in 2018 for the first time, in addition to increased coverage from FOX SPORTS, making it the most watched in the event’s history.

While full details of the draw are yet to be finalised, all 24 rounds of the regular season will feature in a 1pm Saturday live slot on the Nine Network, in addition to up to two games live each week on FOX SPORTS’ dedicated Rugby League channel, FOX LEAGUE, on Foxtel.

“We’ve worked really hard with the 12 clubs and the broadcasters to build a draw that will take the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition to a bigger audience than ever before,” NSWRL General Manager of Football Barrie-Jon Mather said.

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"Next season, with the support of Channel Nine, FOX LEAGUE and the NRL, the quality and the talent of the NRL’s next-generation will be on show for all to see.

“For the first time, free-to-air TV will showcase our state’s premier competition, highlighting the continued growth and quality of the league.”

It is likely the Channel Nine coverage will kick-off in Round One with the clash between St George Illawarra and Mounties at WIN Stadium.

Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone said: “We’re very excited to be broadcasting the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition in 2018. It’s a great competition with so much heritage and tribalism. It will be terrific to see the likes of the North Sydney Bears and Newtown Jets back at the centre of Sydney’s Rugby League television offering.”

New NRL radio rights deal

More fans will be able to listen to live rugby league than ever before following the confirmation of a new five-year radio rights deal.

All existing radio partners – Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo and the ABC – have re-signed for a further five years.

And as part of a new partnership with Crocmedia, more regional markets will be reached than ever before.

Through the Crocmedia partnership, regional commercial radio networks including the Super Radio Network, Grant Broadcasters and Resonate Regional Radio will broadcast rugby league.

In addition to the national coverage provided by the ABC, the next five-year cycle will see more rugby league in regions which have not previously had access to NRL matches.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said it was a great result for the game to have such a broad reach via the game’s radio partners.

“This will allow more people to listen to rugby league matches and that will be great for the game,” Mr Greenberg said.

"It means we can reach fans who ordinarily would be unable to attend matches regularly.

“I’d like to thank our existing partners Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo and the ABC for their ongoing support of the game and I also welcome Crocmedia to the stable.”

As part of the new rights deal:

Southern Cross Austereo (via the Triple M network) and Crocmedia will broadcast Thursday nights, Friday nights (6pm), Saturday (3pm) and Sunday afternoons (4.10pm);

Macquarie Media, via its network of stations including 2GB and 4BC, will broadcast Friday nights (7.50pm), Saturdays (5.30pm and 7.30pm), and Sundays (2pm);

The ABC have an in-principle agreement to broadcast all NRL matches.

Another feature of the deal is that fans in Queensland will be more likely to have access to the broadcast of matches involving their favourite teams. Matches involving Queensland-based teams will be more regularly broadcast by both Macquarie Media and Southern Cross Austereo in Queensland.

Holden State of Origin matches and the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will be broadcast nationally as part of the new agreement.

NRL Head of Strategy, David Silverton, said: "This deal completes our suite of NRL media rights deals for the 2018-22 cycle across television, digital and radio in Australia and internationally.

"Radio plays a very important role in providing our fans, many of whom live in regional locations, with access to top-level Rugby League.

"Radio also continues to be a platform that fans love to use to engage with the game.

“I would like to thank all our official radio partners for the collaborative approach taken in finalising this deal.”

What is with channel 9 dragging the chain with the NRL rights? I know that they are running out of money, but so are other TV netwroks.

If you don’t want NRL. give it to TEN