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[Revised 8 Feb 2013 with details on Fox plans and Canada and 10, 11, and 12 Feb with more on AFL-TV. Revised 27 Feb with more from Fox. Revised 13 March with more on Fox. Also initial TV schedules were posted on the main TV schedule page.. Readers on the home page please press "Read More" below to see this entire article. Also see the comments.] AFANA has some preliminary information on the internet and TV coverage for the upcoming 2013 season. We will be updating this post over the next few weeks as more information becomes available. Here are the main points to know:
* The AFL has indicated that Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) will provide the same coverage in 2013 as in 2012 and that means two live matches per week with occasional repeats. Fox has not yet responded to our inquiries so we do not have confirmation from their end. However, since this is consistent with what both the AFL and Fox said was the agreed deal for 2012-2014 we have minimal concern. [Update: 27 Feb.: Fox has replied, telling AFANA in part: "We will be broadcasting the 2013 AFL Season. There will be a minimum of 2 live games per week on FOX Soccer Plus, in HD, with the season kicking off Saturday, March 23rd. We will be broadcasting every playoff match including the Grand Final."]
* AFANA is aware of various reports on the plans by Fox to convert several existing channels to national sports channels
(e.g. something like Fox Sports 1 and 2 analogous to ESPN and ESPN2). Until we have something official from Fox or the AFL or there is other confirmed information, it is only speculation as to where the AFL coverage will land if this occurs. Like other rumors on the fate of FSP following the loss of rights to broadcast the English Premier League soccer, we don't think wild speculation helps here. FSP has a contract with the AFL and presumably there are either contingencies in that for this situation or financial penalties for breach of contact. AFANA will monitor this closely and report on this site if and when something happens. [Update: According to the TV Today industry newsletter on 8 Feb., Fox will "unveil its long-rumored national sports channels to advertisers in early March. ... Fox will pitch its ,,, proposed Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 national channels during the company's first upfront presentation for sports. It is expected that the national channels will begin broadcasting games in August and expand their offerings in 2014." An upfront presentation is advertising speak for an advance sales presentation.][Update; 13 March: Fox announced last week that Fox Sports 1 will launch in August replacing the SPEED channel. FSP is unaffected at this time so far as Fox indicated. Future changes in programs and channel names are always possible but for now footy is safe.]
* Internet based TV coverage will not return to LiveSport.TV in 2013. We are expecting the AFL and Telstra (the rights holder) to make an announcement during the first 10 days of February on what will be offered in 2013. Internet radio coverage is not expected to change however the AFL has yet to provide details on this. Radio is expected to remain free of charge. [Update on 10 Feb.: No announcement has yet been made however the AFL web site has this: "In 2013 each of the 405 AFL games will be available live or on demand via your desktop, tablet and mobile. Every fan is different and with a variety of options there’s a package just for you. Try it for free during the NAB cup and pick the package that best suits your needs. A full season pass will give you access to every game of the 2013 Toyota AFL Premiership season. An array of other options include monthly, single-round and Finals passes. Further details will be available here soon. Previous subscribers will be contacted via email with details of packages and pricing for 2013."]
[Update on 11 Feb.: the AFL web site has now been amended to say: "In 2013, 225 games will be available live or on demand via your desktop, tablet and mobile." Also, the first details have emerged on the new partner Rightster and the plans in web for AFL-TV posts from TV and sports industry press releases. See these links: Sportspromedia and Reuters. Here is the main link to the subscription site: AFL-TV Costs will be A$120 for the season and access is supposedly good on almost all common platforms including Mac, iPad, Linux, Windows, etc. Of course, we'll have to see how it well it works.]
[Update 12 Feb.: Last year's subscribers are being sent a message reading like this (personal info removed):"As a previous subscriber to liveafl tv, we are very excited to welcome you to the launch of AFLTV, the new and exclusive Live streaming and full replay On Demand international service for the Australian Football League. We've set up an account for you to log in to the new service using the details below. ... Registering is easy, with no payment necessary to enjoy Live Coverage and full replays of every broadcast NAB Cup match. To make registration as easy as possible, we have provided you with a newly generated password to login with. Once you click the login button, grabbing a free NAB Cup or a full season pass is easy as following the simple steps on screen. The NAB Cup begins on the 15th February as a full pre-season knockout competition before the start of the 2013 Toyota Premiership season. Not only are matches available live on AFLTV, but also as a full replay, meaning that even if you can’t catch the game, you can still watch the whole match anytime afterwards. We hope you enjoy the new service and join us to catch all the action for the s eason ahead! AFLTV is the new official worldwide (excluding Austraila and New Zealand) multi-platform home of Australian Football online, offering coverage of every 2013 regular season game. The new service is launching with matches available for the 2013 NAB Cup on your desktop, tablet or mobile... 100% free!"][Ed. note: We have posted the AFL press release on the new service in the comments below.]
* We have yet to receive word on what Canadian fans can expect this year though again we have no reason to think we will see anything other than the same coverage as last season. We have sent messages to TSN and are awaiting their response. We'll update this when we receive it. [Update on 8 Feb.: TSN will offer the same coverage in 2013 as in 2012. One game per week. Coverage begins with Round 1 and we will have the entire season schedule posted on TV schedule page soon.]
* We contacted MHz and they have confirmed that the AFL will not return to their networks in 2013.
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