It has taken only a few years for the T20 Big Bash League to evolve from an intriguing sideshow into one of the most-watched events on the Australian sporting calendar. Bigger crowds are turning out every year while millions of viewers tune in from Australia, India, the UK and all over the globe. If you can’t get to a game, there are several ways to watch Big Bash cricket live and free.
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Free-to-air TV on Network Ten
For viewers in Australia, the easiest way to watch the Big Bash League is to switch on the tube and tune into channel ‘100’. Network Ten has exclusive live broadcast rights for every game of the BBL|07 campaign, including all three finals fixtures. You have to put up with repetitive ad breaks and some awkward commentary from Adam Gilchrist and company, but it is simple, safe and 100% free for anyone who owns a digitally enabled television.
Free live streaming on TenPlay
This new age of wireless technology and on-the-go content consumption means the trusty telly is no longer the essential household item it once was. If you have a personal computer, tablet device, or smartphone, you can watch the Big Bash live and free on TenPlay – Network Ten’s dedicated online streaming service. All games are broadcasted in real time and on demand via the website (TenPlay.com.au) and the TenPlay app for iOS and Android.
Big Bash live stream online with VPN
Trying to watch the T20 Big Bash League from overseas? Your best bet is to use a virtual private network (VPN). Most leading VPN services give you the option to anchor your WiFi to an Australian IP address, which means you can dodge regional locking issues and watch live BBL games via the official TenPlay stream. That way, you don’t have to waste time and bandwidth on poor-quality video feeds at pop-up riddled pirate sites.
Do online bookmakers stream live BBL games?
Ten’s exclusive broadcast rights prevent any other Australian media provider from showing live BBL games. That includes online bookmakers, many of which offer free live streaming of domestic and international cricket along with several other sports. This situation may change in the future, but the present state of play – coupled with Cricket Australia’s push to promote the BBL as an all-ages, family-friendly affair – means punters will have to seek out other options for now.
Where can I watch Big Bash games outside Australia?
Depending on where you are in the world, you may be able to watch live Big Bash League games without hooking up a VPN, braving a free online streaming service, or even paying for cable. Live TV coverage of the BBL is now available in nine nations outside Australia:
- Subcontinental media giant STAR Sports is the BBL’s sole broadcast partner in Bangladesh. The pay TV network has exclusive rights to every game of the Big Bash season.
- Viewers in Canada have two options for the Big Bash on cable TV: the CBN, which specialises in cricket programming from other Commonwealth nations; and ATN Cricket Plus, a sister channel that focuses exclusively on live and delayed cricket matches, news and highlights.
- The first six editions of the T20 Big Bash League were brought to India by STAR Sports. That arrangement concluded after BBL|06, when Sony secured exclusive rights for BBL coverage from 2017 until 2022.
- Cricket fans in the Land of the Long White Cloud can watch the Big Bash on Sky Sport, which has held broadcast rights in NZ since 2011.
- If you are watching from Pakistan, PTV Sports is the way to go. This state-owned sports channel airs the vast majority of all cricket content in the country, and the Big Bash is no exception.
- While SuperSport may no longer be the world’s most prolific broadcaster of live cricket and rugby (that honour now belongs to Sky Sports UK), it remains the go-to provider for all Big Bash coverage in South Africa.
- Things may have changed in neighbouring India, but viewers in Sri Lanka can still get their Big Bash League fix from STAR Sports on the DTV cable platform.
- Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Sports empire held a monopoly on British BBL coverage until 2016, when BT Sport muscled them out. Channel Five has also dabbled in the Big Bash, showing five matches on free-to-air TV in 2016/17.
- The USA has a dedicated cricket channel called Willow, which is available both on standard cable TV and as a paid streaming service for iOS, Android and other media devices. NBCSN has also shown Big Bash T20 in the US, airing 10 matches in 2016/17.
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