AFANA was advised this afternoon (6/22/12) that following the July 7th telecast, MHz Networks will drop Australian football. The announcement suggests financial costs are the reason however we have no detailed explanation. We will post further information as it becomes available. Coverage will continue on Fox Soccer Plus. AFANA is deeply disappointed at this unexpected news. [Ed. note (07/09/12): Please see the comment below regarding the AFL response.]
Items related to Comcast carriage of Australian football.
The AFL announced today that it had reached a three year deal (2012-2014) with Fox Sports for weekly AFL coverage on FOX Soccer Plus (FSP). FSP is the subscription channel counterpart to Fox Soccer (formerly Fox Soccer Channel and before that Fox Sports World). The cost will be $14.99 a month and FSP is available to customers of DirecTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, most Time-Warner and Brighthouse cable systems, Cablevision, Cox, BlueRidge, Bendbroadband, SureWest, FullChannel, Frontier, and RCN cable. The AFL was unable to come to a deal with ESPN for continued coverage on their outlets. Coverage will be two live matches per week typically (will vary occasionally) plus all finals live. The AFL Winners weekly highlight show will be available on FSP also.
AFANA will post more detailed schedules in the next few days and update all of our TV pages to reflect this change in coverage. (TV pages have been updated) Canadian TV coverage will remain on TSN2 with one live match per week. (Addendum: 03/23/12: MHz has confirmed they will continue coverage this season with games on Monday nights at 10:00 PM EDT, repeated on Saturdays at 4:00 AM EDT. Matches will be edited to 2 hrs and they will not carry the highlights programs ("AFL Winners") this season on Saturdays. Also, FSP on some Time Warner systems which offer the Sports Pass package of channels, FSP will be just $5.99 -- price may vary slightly in some areas.)
Setanta Sports has now added Comcast to the list of TV distributors that offer the channel. Initially, the service is only available only to viewers in the Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area (as channel 761). Setanta Sports debuted on Comcast with little notice to football fans on Nov. 13th, 2008 and AFANA learned of this on Nov. 24th. Comcast has indicated that as Comcast systems across the country become all digital, Setanta will be added on a progressive basis. The Comcast press release included this: "The launch, like the recent and upcoming launches of other international and High Definition programming unique to Comcast’s Boston and Brookline systems, will occur in other New England communities as the rest of the region converts to the nearly all digital network that Comcast created last year in Boston and Brookline as a national model for high-capacity broadband." Comcast subscribers can call 1-800-266-2278 to inquire on availability in their area (and post a comment to tell us what you learn). Cost is similar to that on all of the other outlets that offer Setanta Sports; $14.95 per month and is part of the "International" channel packages offered by Comcast. Boston area fans can subscribe now. More information is available at these links:
Australian Rules Football Television Coverage in 2020
We have full schedules at our AFL TV schedules page.
We have weekly radio listings for the AFL at our AFL Radio page
(9/20/20): We will have schedules for the AFL finals as soon as the AFL releases them and Fox and TSN add matches to their schedules. This is likely late this week. There are no matches next weekend. All finals matches will be live on FS1, FS2, and one of the TSN networks including the Grand Final. ESPN coverage has likely concluded for 2020. WatchAFL has announced prices for the finals for online coverage: US$17 per week, US$72 for all 4 weeks, and the annual price remains US$165. Please use our links on this page. We need your support. Schedules, as released so far and on our schedules page, are through Round 18 for ESPN; and on Fox Round 18 (live) / Round 18 (repeats); and Round 18 on TSN Canada. These are the changes in coverage for 2020: There is live coverage on FS1 & FS2 and on all TSN [Canada] networks including multiple live matches. ESPN carries two live games per week on ESPN2/ESPN3 (no repeats) for the rest of 2020 and schedules will be updated as we receive them. The expanded coverage on ESPN, FS1, and FS2 is not guaranteed to continue past the end of this season as the future contract status is not yet known. US repeats are only on FSP. We also have the WatchAFL schedule and WatchAFL carries every game live and on-demand. WatchAFL subscription costs changed as of the start of round 2.
This page will give you the basic facts you need to know about TV Coverage in the USA, Canada, and Mexico in 2019 and is expected to be largely unchanged from late 2018. Information will be updated as necessary throughout the 2019 season. It appears we will get one live game per week on FS2 (rarely on FS1) and three on FSP. This year there is extensive coverage of the AFLW, AFLX, and AFL preseason. Coverage in Canada is unchanged from last year, mostly on TSN2 and occasionally other TSN channels.