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 the Seven Network
For viewers in Australia, the easiest way to watch the Big Bash League is to switch on the tube and tune in to channel 700. The Seven Network has live broadcast rights for most games (43 of 59, to be precise) on the BBL|08 fixture list, including all three finals clashes. You have to put up with repetitive ad breaks and some awkward commentary, but it is simple, safe and 100% free for anyone who owns a digitally enabled television.
Watch live BBL games on Kayo
For $25 per month, you can live stream every game of the 2018/19 Big Bash League season on Kayo – the revolutionary streaming service people are calling the ‘Netflix of sport’. If that kind of cash seems over the top for a few T20 games, bear in mind that you also get heaps of international cricket, soccer, golf, tennis, Formula 1, Moto GP, AFL, NRL, UFC – all live, all in HD, on any device.
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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