Television Info - Aussie Rules TV Coverage for North America in 2015

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Australian Rules Football Television Coverage in 2015

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This page will give you the basic facts you need to know about TV Coverage in the USA, Canada, and Mexico in 2015 and is expected to be largely unchanged from late 2014. Information will be updated as necessary throughout the 2015 season. For the latest schedules see the TV schedules page. Nationwide coverage of Aussie rules in 2015 for North American fans is as follows:

  • Fox Soccer Plus (nationally in USA - for Canada see below). Primary coverage in 2015 is on Fox Soccer Plus (FSP). FSP is the subscription counterpart to the former Fox Soccer channel 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 and tape delayed matches per week and frequent repeats. FSP is an additional charge on most cable systems. On some (e.g. DirecTV) 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 35% of US homes can receive FSP. In July or August 2015, the channel is also expected to be available on Playstation Vue. FSP will carry some finals live (others will be on FS2 or tape delayed, see below). FSP (only) will have the 2015 Grand Final live. FSP will also carry the AFL highlight show 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. There is no coverage on FoxSoccer2Go.

    As of Round 4, 2015, all coverage is available in HD (high-definition) on the HD versions of FSP and FS2 regardless of the Australian source network. This applies to all cable and satellite companies including DirecTV.

    From Round 9 to 14, 2015, there will no repeats of matches on FSP due to coverage of the women's and under-20 world cups in that round ball sport. There will be a few extra live matches added but this will vary from week to week. After July 5th, 2015 things are expected to return to normal.

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  • 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 40% of US homes during 2015. Coverage on Fox Soccer 2 consists of both live and repeated matches To date, FS2 has carried two live matches per week.
  • TSN Canada (TSN2, TSN1, and TSN.ca) (nationally in Canada) carries two matches per week on TSN2; with one live and the other delayed most weeks. Highlight programs are available on TSN.ca. TSN2 is available on many cable and satellite systems in Canada. The matches aired on TSN2 and TSN may be different than those aired in the USA.  Occasionally matches appear on TSN1 but so far nothing on TSN3, TSN4, or TSN5. 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.
  • RDS Canada (RDS2, RDS1) French language coverage in Canada is on “RDS2” and is delayed one week. Occasionally a match appears on RDS1. The match is one of the TSN2 matches. La couverture dans la langue française pour le Canada est sur “RDS2”.  Parfois un match apparaĂ®t sur "RDS1". Il est retardĂ© d'une semaine. Le jeu est un des jeux sur “TSN2”.
  • Claro Sports MĂ©xico Spanish language coverage in Mexico is on Claro Sports and delayed up to one week. La red es «Claro Sports» en MĂ©xico y en Español y retrasĂł una semana.
  • Internet coverage: There is live and delayed (on-demand) coverage of all matches of every round via the WatchAFL service (officially referred to as WatchAFL Global Pass). This is a subscription service for video and fans can sign up here. Subscriptions can be by week, month, finals only, or annual (US$139 for the entire season; US$89 for a six month pass; monthly payments of US$25 or one week only at US$15 - see comments here on pricing). As a way to entice fans, coverage of the NAB Challenge (preseason) is free. Round 19, the "multicultural" round, is also free. All matches of every round are available live as well as coverage of special events such as award ceremonies, the draft, etc. Reports indicate the service does work on non-Windows PC's including Macs and Linux machines now as well as mobile devices including many smartphones, Android tablets, and the iPad™ . An Android app is here. 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 these funds are used to promote Aussie rules in the USA and Canada.)

    Some fans are connecting their computers to 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.)

    There is no coverage on the FoxSoccer2Go service as the internet rights are controlled by the Rightster and Telstra (Australia) which provide the WatchAFL service.

    The AFL has a YouTube channel with selected match highlights, interviews, and other short segment video (but not full matches or TV programs). During the NAB Challenge some games are available only via afl.com.au and the AFL smartphone apps and these will be listed on our schedules with "afl.com.au" as the network. These games may also be linked via some club websites and use AFL media video and Crocmedia audio.
  • Fans on the west coast of North America and in Hawaii may be able to access the Australian Broadcasting Company's Australia Plus Television (A+ TV) (Formerly Australia Network. A+ TV was launched on 9/28/14, following the Australian government's decision to end funding for the Australia Network.) A+ TV has said it will provide live coverage of 5 or more AFL games per week. The games are available "free to air" (FTA) on the Intelsat-18 satellite however a large pointable dish and clear western horizon is required. Reception west of the Rocky mountains may be possible but difficult due to the low angle of the satellites on the horizon and the weak signal. Access in Hawaii may be possible with 1.5 to 3 ft diameter dishes. For more information see the A+ TV web site. For more information on FTA satellite reception see the links below. As far as we know, the A+ TV is not available on any US or Canadian cable or satellite system nor is distribution planned. 

A few words answering some of the most common questions we get:

  • There is no coverage on Fox Sports Net, any ESPN outlet, any regional sports network, or Setanta Sports in 2015. Coverage on MHz Network and it's affiliates ended on July 7, 2012 for undisclosed reasons. Anyone or any website that tells you coverage is on ESPN in 2015 is misinformed.
  • The coverage schedules on FSP, FS2,and TSN2 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. Asking us whether it is on in Los Angeles is the same as asking us whether it is on in Boulder City or Boston. If you get one of the networks, you'll get the coverage.
  • AFANA does not track which bars, pubs, hotels, or local cable companies carry these channels. It's a logistical impossibility across the breadth of the continent. There are over 20,000 cable franchise areas in the US alone. Your best bet is to ask the establishment or carrier directly for the specific channel you are interested in. If you are visiting, understand that most sports bars carry FS2 and many soccer-friendly establishments carry FSP. Often managers will be happy to put the games up on a TV for you if you ask politely and explain you are visiting or in a group. Buying food and drink helps, too. (Another hint: if the establishment hosted a Grand Final party the previous year, they are a good bet - search for the city on this site.)
  • Our TV schedules are complete as far out as we know them. We do not withhold any confirmed programming information. If we have a source we cannot confirm, we will either not publish it or indicate on the listing it is questionable. We update our schedules very frequently, often several times per day. We pride ourselves on completeness and accuracy and our primary source is the programming departments of the networks and we use multiple sources whenever possible. We do not get our schedules solely from either the AFL or from third party TV schedule services as do most on-screen guides and other websites.
  • We welcome reports by e-mail or our contact pages of any broadcasting errors or glitches you see on-air. Stuff happens and usually it is a slip-up or technical problem and not deliberate.


To get DirecTV checkout this link:
DirecTV

To get DISH Network check out this link:
DISH

To get Free to Air satellite check out these links:
Sadoun Sales (installer and hardware provider): http://www.sadoun.com/
Aeonsat (hardware provider) http://www.aeonsat.com
A FTA system installed will cost about $200 or so.

To get Roku check out this link
Roku

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