How to live stream AFL online in 2018


Your guide to watching footy on the go.

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Watching footy on the TV is a time-honoured Australian tradition, but sometimes the couch isn't the easiest venue to get to. Maybe you're stuck on the slow train home from work or maybe the kids refuse to cut short their Dora the Explorer marathon. In years past, you'd have had little choice but to settle for listening to the radio commentary or catching the match highlights on the news.

These days, though, you don't need access to a TV to enjoy the complete AFL broadcast experience. By subscribing to the AFL Live Pass service, you can stream every match live over the Internet directly to your smartphone or tablet. With the AFL Live Pass, no matter where you are or who's hogging the TV, all the footy you could ever want is just a tap away.

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How do I stream AFL content?

To access AFL content on the go, you'll need to download the AFL Live app. There's a version for Apple devices, one for Android devices and one for Windows phones. The app is free, and you'll be able to listen to live match commentary, view live scores and statistics, and watch video highlights all without paying a cent. To get the complete AFL Live experience, including access to live streams of all Premiership and Finals matches, an archive of full match replays dating back to 2010 and exclusive expert analyses, you'll have to subscribe to the AFL Live Pass.

What does an AFL Live Pass subscription get me?

With an AFL Live Pass subscription, the AFL Live app becomes your hub for all past, present and future AFL content. While free users are limited to streaming radio commentary, checking score updates and watching highlight videos, Live Pass subscribers can stream all Premiership and JTS (pre-season) matches as they happen.

You can get on-demand replays, comprehensive possession statistics and positional heat maps as well as exclusive interviews with the players. Beyond watching matches live anywhere in Australia and New Zealand, a Live Pass subscription lets you go back and watch full match replays from as far back as 2010. You can also stream live coverage of special events like the Brownlow Medal as well as keep up to date with the latest AFL news covered by a dedicated team of sports journalists.

How much does it cost?

The AFL Live Pass offers weekly, monthly and annual subscription plans. A Weekly Pass costs $4.99 a week, a Monthly Pass goes for $16.99/month and a yearly subscription will set you back $99.99. Telstra mobile customers get the best deal, with a free Live Pass for the 2017 season bundled into all consumer and small business post-paid mobile plans as well as into all

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consumer mobile broadband plans and all pre-paid services that maintain more than $30 on their recharge credit. Eligible Telstra mobile customers simply need to log into the AFL Live app from their Telstra mobile device to claim their free subscription. It's also worth noting that Live Pass subscriptions auto-renew unless you explicitly opt out, so make sure to change your settings if you don't want to be charged indefinitely.

What devices are compatible with AFL Live Pass?

AFL Live Pass is all about AFL coverage on the go, with support for Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices. The current version of the AFL Live iOS app is compatible with iPhone 5 and up as well as the iPad 3 and up provided they are running iOS 9.0 or later. On Android, any phone or tablet running Android 4.1 or higher can access AFL content through the Android AFL Live app. Windows Phone 8 users and those with Surface Pro tablets running Windows 10 can get their footy on through the AFL Live Windows app.

If a six-inch screen isn't big enough for your liking, both the discontinued Telstra T-Box and its successor, Telstra TV, have their own version of the AFL Live app for watching replays and match highlights on your TV. You can also load up the AFL Live website on a modern computer running Chrome 18+, Mozilla Firefox 12+, Safari 6+ or Internet Explorer 9+ and stream post-match content there.

Unfortunately, live streaming of current matches is not supported on these devices. The AFL Live apps come with a few restrictions worth keeping in mind. Due to digital licensing rights on AFL content, you can only display live streams on Apple, Android or Windows mobile devices. This means you can't use a device like Google Chromecast to output live streams to your TV or to some other screen. Additionally, each AFL Live Pass subscription supports a maximum of five devices at any one time in order to prevent excessive account sharing.

What's included in the match replay archive?

An AFL Live Pass subscription grants you on-demand access to full match replays for games from the 2010 season onwards. Current matches are added to the video archive no earlier than 12 hours after the match has ended. Match highlights are available from the AFL Live app during the game, with full match highlights typically going up around 30-60 minutes after the final siren.

How much data does AFL Live use?

Watching matches and other video through AFL Live can use up quite a bit of data, and if you're streaming on the go, it's important to be aware of the toll it'll take on your monthly data cap. As a guide, streaming a three-hour AFL match to a tablet typically uses around 2GB of data, while on a smaller phone screen that drops to around 900MB. If you're just listening to the radio commentary, a single match will chew through around 80MB of data. Once again, Telstra customers are at an advantage here. If you're on a BigPond ADSL, Cable, NBN or Telstra mobile Internet connection, all AFL Live video content is unmetered. This means it won't count against your monthly cap. This offer does not apply to Telstra mobile broadband dongles, Wi-Fi hotspots or business broadband plans.

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