From next year you can watch NRL matches anywhere in the world after Fox Sports announced a partnership that would allow Australians living and travelling overseas to support their favourite teams.
Watch NRL is a new streaming service that will start in 2018 and make it possible to watch any NRL game, including the State of Origin series, globally.
Fox Sports partnered with International Management Group (IMG) to administer the international broadcast rights for the next five years.
Fox Sports will also look after the broadcast rights to the US and UK.
Watch NRL subscribers will be able to view matches from a browser, on a smartphone or tablet and stream it to a TV using either Google’s Chromecast or AirPlay.
Viewers will be able to pause and rewind, set notifications and access on-demand NRL programming.
“This is a fantastic result for fans and it means that more people will have the chance to watch rugby league live than ever before,” said NRL CEO Todd Greenberg.
“We’re fortunate that we have passionate and enthusiastic NRL fans right throughout the world and many of them are just as vocal and committed as local fans that live in Australia and New Zealand.”
NRL Head of Strategy David Silverton said: “This partnership is about providing the opportunity for more fans to watch the best rugby league anywhere in the world.
“We thank Patrick Delany and his team at Fox Sports for bringing this initiative to life with us and we look forward to increasing viewing numbers world-wide next season and beyond.”
Users can log into the Watch NRL website to register for the service and find out when it launches.
At this point, there has been no mention of pricing and whether the service will be included as part of a Foxtel subscription.