(Revised 3/23/2011 to add more detail, correct typos, and clarify which matches are covered.)
Major changes have been announced to the AFL weekly highlights programs and online coverage by the AFL. Details were made available to AFANA in the past 24 hours. (There are no other changes we are aware of besides what is reported here.) The traditional AFL highlights programs have been replaced by a FOX Sports produced program called "AFL Winners" and the the online service previously provided by Aussie Sport TV (ASTV) has been replaced by LiveAFL.TV. The new service is supposed to support platforms other than the Windows based PC's including Apple Mac's. (We have not tested this as yet but there are at least two reports that it does work on Macs.)
The new weekly AFL wrap is called "AFL Winners". This new highlights show continues to be available in North America only via MHz Networks. Thus, all access options for MHz as detailed on our TV Info page apply to this program. The new show is described as follows (we have not seen a preview at AFANA yet): "Hosted by former Geelong Cats player Dwayne Russell, AFL Winners offers a comprehensive wrap of the completed round of AFL matches, including all the weekend results, highlights, injury updates and tribunal reports from the 17 AFL teams, plus the picks for mark, goal and play of the week." Our TV schedules page will have a schedule for coverage via MHz posted shortly.
The new online service has replaced ASTV and all accounts have been moved (or so we have been told). Season subscription costs are also rising. The service is sending out e-mails that read as follows:
"AFL video coverage on Aussie Sport TV has moved - Watch Live AFL on LIVEAFL.TV
LIVEAFL.TV is the new home of AFL video online with official live coverage of over 200* AFL games each season plus full match replays and interviews.
What's more unlike Aussie Sport TV, LIVEAFL.TV is available on both PC & Mac.
By subscribing today you'll be able to watch live* action from the long anticipated opening weekend of the 2011 Toyota Premiership.
As an existing Aussie Sport TV registrant your registration details have been moved from Aussie Sport TV to LIVEAFL.TV so subscribing is easy, simply click here and sign in using your existing username & password (below) and select a new subscription plan.
Password Hint: XXXXXXXX
Click here to visit LIVEAFL.TV and watch the best of the action from round 1 of the 2011 Toyota Premiership Live.
We hope you enjoy the new season and look forward to seeing you on LIVEAFL.TV.
*Subject to your geographical location click here for more information."
We will post more details and revise this article as we receive them including prices, etc. The matches available in North America will be the 5 each week NOT available through ESPN3.com. It's AFANA's belief that the underlying service is still being provided by Perform, Ltd. under contract to the AFL and Telstra/BigPond but on a dedicated domain name and with updated Adobe Flash technology. Our TV pages will also be revised in the next day or so to reflect this.
Article last changed on Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 3:21 PM EDT