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We’re proud to lend our name to the NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership

By Jeremy Nicholas September 23, 2020

To us, equality, diversity and inclusion aren’t just words: we strive to live these values every day. One way we can demonstrate that commitment is through our support of women’s sport in Australia. Today we became the naming rights partner of the NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership (NRLW) for the next three seasons.

The agreement will see us align our title partnership of both the men’s and women’s elite competitions until 2022, and further extend our twenty-year association with the NRL.

We’re are a long-time partner of rugby league in Australia, and the growth of NRLW gives fans more action to watch. Importantly, it’s also a beacon for young women to participate in sport for health, fitness and friendship, and also more opportunities in a professional sporting career.

Australia has a long and proud history of producing world class, female, athletes. Our NRLW players are every bit as incredible. They are dedicated, strong and passionate. They are hardworking, they are skilful and some of the most inspiring athletes you will encounter.

With the NRLW now in its third season, it’s our hope that by committing our support to women’s rugby league that the competition continues its expansion to include new teams and cities and showcases the best rugby league players in the world in our backyard, and on our screens.

In a year that has proved so challenging for everybody, we are so grateful to have had sport return to our screens and were buoyed by the NRL and Australian Rugby League Commission’s commitment to the importance of women’s rugby league.

The full 2020 NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership draw will be released on Sunday 27th September, following the completion of Round 20 on the NRL Telstra Premiership.

The four NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership teams – Brisbane Broncos, Sydney Roosters, St George Illawarra Dragons and New Zealand Warriors – will play each other once, with the top two ranked sides at the completion of Round 3 to progress to the Grand Final on October 25.

Telstra customers can watch every match of the NRLW via the NRL official app and Telstra Live Pass.

We’re so excited to stream matches as the Telstra NRLW Premiership to fans for the first time this year using technology designed and built by our own people and streamed on Australia’s best mobile network. I hope you enjoy the action as much as I will.

AFL goes augmented reality with Live Pass
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Heads up! Augmented Reality debuts in official AFL app in world first for sport

By Rebecca Haagsma September 3, 2020

While most of us can’t get to a game right now, we’ve been busy dreaming up ways technology can take you closer to the action, and with Augmented Reality, we believe that AFL fans and Australia can lay claim to deploying the technology in this way for the first time ever, globally.

In case you didn’t know, Augmented Reality – or AR for short – is an incredible way to mix virtual experiences into the real world. It’s very cool, immersive and powerful technology, and while some innovative applications of it so far have been the wildly successful Pokémon Go game, viewing animals from Google, or to place furniture around your home, through our partnership with the AFL we’ve enhanced what we hope is the first of many currently static features of the app using AR.

We know from the way our fans interact with the app, that outside of streaming the game, or checking the scores and ladder, the announcement of each team’s line-up of players each week – who is in, and who is out – generates the most interest.

With that in mind, we updated the AFL Live Official app to give users a totally immersive way to view and interact with each club’s line-up for the coming round, and it’s features like these that we think will get better with 5G.

By following the prompts in the app, users simply need to find a surface and activate AR. It’s completely interactive, so users can pinch in and out to zoom in on the players, and tap on them to see their stats projected onto the virtual big screen.

AFL goes augmented reality with Live Pass

Cool, but what’s next?

This is an exciting new frontier for the way we bring sporting content to our users. It builds on a long and proud history of blending sport and technology together to bring the game, and all the peripheral aspects of it, to fans in new and better ways.

Developments using AR like this join a bunch of features fans love in the app, notably every match streamed via the app and Live Pass; speed and distance analysis for each player via the Telstra Tracker; and the brilliant (if we do say so!) AFL Stats Pro, where fans can watch individual player highlights from any match to see every involvement of their favourite player.

Sport in Australia was among the first in the world to return to play safely, and it’s that pioneering and resilient spirit that our team has taken inspiration from to develop this feature.

With AR, we see a future where Telstra Tracker allows us to watch players in real-time as they run around the field during a game to make it an entirely new experience all over again. We hope to give users the ability to isolate a player, produce real-time position replays and give you professional-grade tools from the comfort of your lounge room. Your fantasy league won’t know what hit them.

These experiences show the power of 5G as it becomes more available to our users. We’re familiar with the overwhelming speed and bandwidth benefits that comes from 5G availability, but we’re going one step further, fusing it with our innovative spirit to make experiences that have been teased for years a reality.

Stay tuned as we continue to mix sport and technology to bring better and better experiences to all footy fans.

Suncorp Super Netball season is back for 2020
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Our live sport offering is back to full strength as Netball returns this weekend

By Rebecca Haagsma July 31, 2020

Suncorp Super Netball season is back for 2020

The final piece in the Australian winter sporting landscape returns tomorrow with the delayed commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball season, and fans can catch all the action on their mobile and Telstra TV.

While the coronavirus ultimately disrupted the NRL, AFL, and A-League seasons in March, Netball – which was due to start in May – has been without any premiership action at all in 2020.

The first six rounds of the 2020 season have been confirmed, with all matches to be played across Nissan Arena, and USC Stadium in Queensland.

Thanks to swift planning and cooperation between Netball Australia, Telstra, Channel 9 and the Queensland government, all non-Queensland Suncorp Super Netball teams will relocate to Queensland for the first part of the season, which will still be made up of 14 rounds and a normal finals series.

Check out the full fixture list.

Fittingly, to open the season, it will be a Queensland derby between the Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning at Nissan Arena in Brisbane Saturday 1 August at 1pm AEST.

Later that day at 3pm AEST, Adelaide Thunderbirds and the West Coast Fever will rekindle their rivalry at the same venue. The action continues on Sunday 2 August at 1pm AEST, with a NSW derby between Giants Netball and the NSW Swifts.

Then, to close out the first round on Sunday 2 August at 5:30pm AEST, the two Victorian teams, the Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies, will face off in a unique version of #thebattle during their final hours of quarantine at Nissan Arena in Brisbane and fans can watch exclusively on Telstra TV.

You can keep up with everything through the Netball Live Official App, where you can stream every Suncorp Super Netball match live, fast and data-free if you’re a Telstra mobile customer. You’ll also get live scores as well as player and team stats, full match replays and video highlights.

For anyone watching at home, we’ve got you covered too. Matches will be broadcast each round by either the Netball Live app on Telstra TV, or live free-to-air TV thanks to Channel Nine (which is also available through the in-built tuner on the Telstra TV).

The Netball Live App on Telstra TV includes the game-changing player profile feature, live interactive stats to follow the action, videos on your favourite stars, as well as match highlights if you want to keep tabs on your team’s top competitors.

We’re so happy to be a supporter of Netball and women’s sport in Australia and are so glad to see the teams back on court amidst such a challenging year.

2020 NRL - 2020 NRL Season Launch - Captains
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Still simply the best: NRL is back for 2020

By Genelle Sharples March 10, 2020

30 years on, it’s back again – the iconic rugby league anthem that we all know and love will be centre stage for this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership, and the sport itself is set for another barnstorming season.

‘The Best’ became the anthem for NRL when it debuted and has inspired a new generation of fans and players, including some of Rugby League’s greatest talent. Since its launch in 1990, the clubs and the technology behind the game may have evolved, but the passion and excitement of Rugby League are as strong as it was 30 years ago.

Put simply, Rugby League in Australia is still simply the best.

2020 NRL - 2020 NRL 2020 Season Launch - Captains
Digital image by Gregg Porteous, NRL Photos

We’re proud to continue our long-running partnership with the NRL – this is our 19th year sponsoring the NRL Telstra Premiership, and each year we push to innovate and find new ways to bring one of Australia’s most loved sports to as many of its fans as possible.

It’s easier to stay up to date with each match, team and player through the NRL Official App on iOS and Android, with live scores, match previews and highlights, news, draw, the ladder and more. Eligible Telstra mobile customers also enjoy free access to the Live Pass (worth $99.99) with live game streaming, that’s data-free of every one of the 192 games in the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership regular season through Live Pass.

To keep up with the 2020 NRL season, we’re giving you more bang for your streaming buck with exclusive access to Kayo Basic for $15 a month (normally $25 a month) and Kayo Premium for $25 a month (normally $35 a month).

Kayo compliments our already existing streaming service Live Pass, giving eligible mobile customers access to matches from the upcoming NRL and AFL seasons, to Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, and Suncorp Super Netball on mobile.

I’ll be belting out my best rendition of Tina Turner’s stadium-filling hit when the first game kicks off this Thursday, March 12 and the Eels go up against the Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium. You can watch along from 8:05PM on Channel Nine free-to-air and on the Fox League channel on Foxtel.

Best of luck to all this year’s captains and their teams for a record-breaking season ahead!

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Sport for good as codes kick off bushfire relief rounds

By Genelle Sharples February 28, 2020

This fire season taught us that the spirit of community is stronger than ever in Australia. Nothing brings a community together like sport, which is why we’re buoyed by the upcoming rounds set to be played for bushfire charity relief in the NRL, AFL and Netball. Here’s how to get amongst the action and back local communities at the same time.

NRL

2019 NRL Round 20 - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers, Bankwest Stadium, 2019-08-03. Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos
Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos

Ahead of the official season kick-off in two weeks, the Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers are set to clash in the name of bushfire relief.

It’s the EISS Super Sapphire Trial Tribute round, also known as the “Best of the West”, set to be played at the Bega Recreation Ground on February 29. The trial game was moved from Penrith to Bega to support the local community in the wake of the fires. The NRL is also providing free tickets to Sapphire Coast residents who have registered at a bushfire recovery centre since October.

Getting out to the ground throughout the weekend festivities is a treat for anyone who can, with a wide-ranging weekend of sport and entertainment. The three-day festival of footy will feature a number of games, as well as a free performance from Aussie ARIA winner, Amy Shark.

We’ve rolled out networking and broadcast gear for the game, so fans can have great connectivity on the day. Fans not able to get out to the game can watch the match through the NRL Live Pass, data-free for Telstra Mobile customers.

AFL

AFL 2019 Round 16 - Fremantle v West Coast
Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos

Of course, if you prefer your footy to be AFL-flavoured, there’s a charity round for you also.

The AFL is set to host an unprecedented State of Origin round to raise funds for disaster relief, alongside a $2.5 million donation made by the league.

The match played between Victoria and the All Stars will take part in the charity State of Origin at Marvel Stadium on Friday February 28.

Tickets are currently on sale, and Telstra mobile customers can watch the match live, fast and data-free through the AFL Live Pass.

Netball

Netball fans can also get in on the action thanks to its own bushfire charity match. The match will showcase the best Aussie Netball has to offer on March 1 when the Australian team will take on the All-Stars.

Super Netball’s pre-season is also working hard to raise money for bushfire recovery also, with funds set to go to the Red Cross bushfire appeal and other recovery projects.

Netball fans can get all the action from Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena live and data-free to their mobile using our Netball Live Pass.

We continue to support the communities and first-responders who are affected by the unprecedented bushfire season.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the bushfires, assistance can be sought from our Bushfire Assistance hub.