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Australian Rules Football Television Coverage in 2014
We have full schedules at this link. We have weekly radio listings for the AFL at our AFL Radio page
This page will give you the basic facts you need to know about TV Coverage in the USA and Canada in 2014 and is largely unchanged from late 2013. (Information will be updated as necessary throughout the 2014 season.) For the latest schedules see the TV schedules page. Nationwide coverage of Aussie rules in 2014 for North American fans is as follows:
Fox Soccer Plus (nationally in USA - for Canada see below). Primary coverage in 2014 is on Fox Soccer Plus (FSP). FSP is the subscription counterpart to Fox Soccer and is a distinct channel. (Do not assume if you used to get Fox Soccer that you necessarily get FSP, too. You may or you may not.) FSP carries 2 to 4 live matches per week and frequent repeats. FSP is an additional charge on most cable systems. On some it is $14.99 per month, on others including Time Warner cable it is part of a package of sports channels priced at $8.99 a month (may vary slightly by area). It is available to customers of some cable companies including DirecTV*, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, most Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse systems, Cox, Cablevision, BlueRidge, Bendbroadband, SureWest, FullChannel, Frontier, RCN cable, and others. About 65% of US homes can receive FSP. FSP will carry 2 to 4 matches live per week (on average, may vary) plus some finals live (others will be FS2, see below). FSP will have the 2014 Grand Final live. FSP will also carry the AFL Winners highlight show produced by Foxtel in Australia each week. FSP has a contract running through the end of the 2016 AFL season. See our TV schedules page for the latest schedules. Should Fox convert FSP to another Fox channel or eliminate it, it is probable that the AFL will land on another Fox channel in the future. Based on Fox statements, we only know that Fox has not made any decision public.
*DirecTV customers (only) should note that matches to do not originate in high definition (HD) are not aired on the FSP-HD feed (ch. 621.1) on that service.
There are live and repeats of AFL coverage also on...
Fox Sports 2 (FS2) (nationally in USA by satellite and cable, debuted on 8/17/13 and was formerly Fuel TV). Fox Soccer 2 is a sports channel that is included in some extended cable packages and is part of an extra fee sports tier in others. FS2 is expected to reach over 90% of US homes during 2014. Coverage on Fox Soccer 2 consists of both live and repeated matches To date, FS2 has carried one to two live matches per week.
TSN Canada (TSN2 and TSN,ca) (nationally in Canada) carries two matches per week on TSN2; with one live and the other delayed most weeks. Some matches and all highlight programs are then available on demand on TSN.ca, Full matches are available on a delayed basis for only for 48 hours following the match start time. TSN2 is available on many cable and satellite systems in Canada. The matches aired on TSN2 and TSN.ca may be different than those aired in the USA. TSN has a contract running through the 2016 season. Coverage of the Grand Final will be live on TSN2 as it has been for the past several seasons.
Internet coverage: There is live and delayed coverage of all matches of every round via the Watch AFL service (officially referred to as Watch AFL Global). This is a subscription service for video and fans can sign up here. Subscriptions can be by round, month, finals only, or annual (US$139 for the entire season; monthly payments of US$25 or one week only at US$15 - see comments here on pricing). All matches of every round are available live. Reports last season indicated the service does work on non-Windows PC's including Macs and Linux machines now as well as mobile devices including the iPad™ though so far in 2014 only an Android app seems to be listed on the service web page. See our main article on 2014 internet coverage and our article on the contract extension to 2016 for more info and useful user comments on Internet coverage. (Disclosure: AFANA receives a small portion of subscription revenue made through links to WatchAFL from our site and thes funds are used to promote Aussie rules in the USA and Canada.)
TSN.ca matches, when available on demand, are up for only for 48 hours after the starting time of the match (by the clock). This means that if the match begins at 5:00 AM Friday US time, it will only be available until 5:00 AM Sunday US time.
Some fans are connecting their computers to the their televisions to watch the matches from the online services on a bigger screen. (Sorry, we cannot offer technical advice on how to do this but feel free to ask for assistance from other fans in our discussion forums by clicking on "Talking Footy" on the drop down menu and following the links. There is extensive help available by searching the Internet.)
The AFL has a YouTube channel with selected match highlights, interviews, and other short segment video (but not full matches or TV programs).
Fans on the extreme west coast of North America and in Hawaii may be able to access the Australian Broadcasting Company's Australia Network. The Australia Network provides live coverage of 5 or more AFL games per week. This games are available "free to air" (FTA) however a very large (up to 9 ft diameter) pointable dish is required on the US west coast due to the low angle of the satellites on the horizon and the weak signal. Access in Hawaii is possible with 3 ft diameter dishes. For more information and schedules see the ABC web site. For more information on FTA satellite reception see the links below. As far as we know, the Australia Network is not available on any US or Canadian cable or satellite system nor is distribution planned.
There is no coverage on Fox Sports Net, any ESPN outlet, and Setanta Sports in 2014. Coverage on MHz Network and it's affiliates ended on July 7, 2012 for undisclosed reasons. The coverage schedules on FSP, TSN2,and FS2 are the same everywhere in the USA and Canada respectively. There are no regional feeds of those channels. In other words, you get the same programs at the same times (adjusted for your time zone) regardless of what state, province, or city you live in.
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