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How to watch AFL in 2012

Roar Guru
14th February, 2012
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With the AFL pre-season competition kicking off this week, it’s timely to examine the different AFL broadcasting packages and providers available to Australians in 2012.

Free to Air (FTA) TV

Provider: Channel Seven (exclusive)
■ Three matches per week live and one on delay (in Victoria) on Channel Seven
■ Matches will differ depending on the state you live in, per anti-siphoning rules. Some matches shown in Victoria featuring Melbourne clubs won’t be shown in other states, where local clubs will feature in at least two of the FTA games
■ Broadcast guide:

Internet and PC Coverage

Provider: Bigpond AFL
■ Free, but data charges apply for non-Telstra customers
■ All games broadcast on replay, but no live football (roughly 12-hour delay)
■ Unmetered for Telstra Bigpond customers and NextG and 4G handset owners
■ Limited in availability outside Australia

Provider: (currently redirecting to
■ Subscription cost of $US19.95
■ Available in Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Africa and New Zealand
■ Live matches, full match replays, match highlights, post match interviews
■ Great Britain, Ireland, the USA and Canada will have access to live streams of five matches per week, with the remaining three matches available on delay
■ Europe, Africa and New Zealand will have access to live streams of eight matches per week

Provider: Optus TV Now
■ Free, but must be an Optus 3G customer
■ FTA channels only (four games per week, limited to home state)

Mobile Coverage

Optus TV Now
Provider: Optus Mobile
■ Free
■ Channel 7 FTA coverage on 90-second delay (subject to broadcast times)
■ Four matches per week on 90-second delay (does not feature Fox or Telstra exclusive matches)
■ Can be recorded for later viewing
■ Up to $10 per month for 20 hours recording
■ Data free on the Optus network when using TV Now app
■ Must be a current Optus 3G customer to access service
■ FTA viewing only applicable to customer’s home state
■ Can be replayed through computer


*Note this service is currently subject to legal challenges in the Federal Court.

AFL Live
Provider: Telstra Mobile
■ $5 per game, $10 per month, $50 per season
■ All games live
■ Includes NAB Cup
■ Data free on the NextG network
■ Live game radio
■ On-demand replays
■ Live stats and scores
■ Included free if you have Foxtel from Telstra (not Foxtel from Foxtel or Tbox)
■ Must be a Telstra NextG or 4G customer to subscribe

Pay TV

Provider: Austar (Foxtel from Austar)
■ $64.50 per month on a 12 month contract
■ All matches live, except for the Grand Final
■ Dedicated Foxfooty channel during the season
■ Package includes Starter ($43) and Sports ($18)
■ Limited availability (satellite coverage outside of cable areas only)

Provider: Foxtel (from Foxtel)
■ All matches live, except for the Grand Final
■ Dedicated Foxfooty channel during the footy season
■ Includes the NAB Cup, exclusive to Foxtel except for the Grand Final
■ Starts February 17th
■ $81 per month on a 12 month plan
■ 12 dedicated sports channels, including Foxfooty
■ Includes 45 foxtel channels
■ 12 Channels of HD including Foxfooty

Provider: Telstra (Foxtel from Telstra)
■ $77 per month for first six months, $92 for the last six months
■ Comes with free AFL live mobile NextG or 4G pass (worth $50)
■ All games live, except for Grand Final
■ Includes Foxfooty from February 17th


Provider: Telstra (Foxtel on Tbox)
■ $49.50 per month
■ All nine games live
■ Requires T-box ($299 installed from Telstra)



Provider: AFL Play (Foxtel on Xbox)
■ Eight matches live, except for the Grand Final
■ Does not include the match that is broadcast for Telstra mobile and Tbox customers
■ NAB Cup matches exclusive to Foxtel (Final also on FTA)
■ Starts February 17th
■ Requires Xbox and Broadband connection
■ Requires Xbox live gold pass
■ Requires Starter ($19) and Sport ($10) packs
■ Can be done monthly or for the season without contract
■ $49.50 per month for AFL Play

Xbox Live Gold Membership (see here for details)
■ $79.95 per 12 months
■ $29.95 per three months
■ $10.95 per month