NBN and the future of streaming sports online

Australia's armchair athletes have never had it so good. Many of the world's most popular sports offer excellent video streaming services for Aussies. From footy to the wacky sport of chess boxing, you can stream almost any sport from around the world online. And now the NBN is set to make a good thing even better.

Copper comes in second to NBN fibre

The audio and visual quality of streaming video largely depends on the speed of your internet connection. To really get that crisp HD experience, you need a connection of 4.5 megabits per second.

The average speed in Australia is a bit higher than this, but many Australians have internet connections barely above this, or even below that speed and therefore can't experience the best quality stream. And if someone else in the house is sharing your Wi-Fi connection - which is slower than an Ethernet connection - speeds are likely to be even slower. That's because Australia's copper network can't always keep up with multiple streams of information coming through the same ports at once. That puts the fibre cabling that will connect the NBN lengths ahead of its copper competition.

Buckle up with the National Broadband Network

The NBN offers download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second, and will change the way you watch sports online. Imagine holding a live stream of the football in one hand, and a stream of the cricket on a different device - both in HD. You do this while someone in another room streams another sport in crystal clear quality. With multiple HD streams accessible simultaneously across many devices, the NBN is set to become a game-changer.

Excited yet? Check out when the NBN rollout reaches your area.