Keeping up-to-date with sport is an essential part of daily life for many Australian’s and watching the AFL is near the top of the list. While there are a good amount of AFL free to air matches, fans don’t always have access to all their favourite teams and players. With the rise of streaming platforms that specialise in the AFL, one option is to take advantage of the free trials to get your fill of footy. Use this guide to learn your ‘free’ AFL viewing options.
The rise of streaming TV has taken place across most of Australia and the convenience of being able to watch a chosen programme at a time that suits you the viewer – is the best part. The scheduling of AFL games will always be decided by the league, but being able to watch the games where and when you want to – is a major boost in terms of sports viewing.
There are several AFL streaming options for Australian viewers, if you have the correct device or app. The availability of on-demand content has brought about a move away from traditional TV, with most sport now being viewed on mobile devices. Each platform offers a different experience, and most can be tailored to the needs of the viewer – which is ideal for AFL fans.
AFL Live Streaming Options
With 17 rounds of matches taking place between 18 teams, there is no shortage of options when it comes to watching the AFL. All matches shown on the Seven Network are available for fans to stream live on the 7Plus app which is available on iOS, desktop and Android. However, you may not find the match you’re looking for, given that the AFL free to air broadcasting rights do not include every game in each premiership round. Fortunately, there are other choices when it comes to streaming the AFL live to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.
Compare the Free Trials
Many of the AFL streaming providers offer free trials (details below) for their services, and the viewer should compare them to find the best product for their needs. Using the free trials are the best way to familiarise yourself with the workings of a particular app/platform, and you can cancel before the trial finishes if you decide it isn’t the right choice for you.
There are plenty of live streaming options on the market for AFL fans and here’s a look at some of the major players:
Kayo Sports Free Trial
New Kayo Sports customers can access a 14-day free trial with AFL footy very much one of their key offerings. The AFL on Kayo includes every match in every round shown LIVE, with only the Grand Final excluded. Kayo provides over 50 sports to their subscribers, and with a huge selection of events worldwide, there is something for everyone. Kayo is available on a range of devices to include PC and Mac, iOS and Android iPhones and tablets, as well as Smart TVs, Google Chromecast and more.
Kayo is currently available on these devices, with more to come, including native apps for smart TVs as well as PlayStation and Xbox game consoles.
|Device List||User Guide|
|PC/Mac||Yes, web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes, via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum).|
|Google Chromecast||Yes, Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p.|
|Telstra TV||Yes, Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p.|
|Android TV||Yes, via app for version 7.0 and up.|
|Samsung Smart TVs||App in development – coming soon|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Apps in development – coming soon|
AFL fans can watch plenty more than just the matches, with in-depth analysis shows and highlights, along with exclusive Kayo Sports AFL TV shows and documentaries. The 14-day free trial is easy to access, and with no lock-in contract, users have the freedom to pause or quit at anytime.
Sign up to Kayo’s FREE 14 day trial offer
Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every round from the NRL and AFL, action from the German Bundesliga, UFC and V8 Supercars – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
Foxtel Now Trial Offer
Foxtel Now offers a variety of channels to their subscribers, and the sports package is one of their extra add-ons. AFL coverage is a key element of the Foxtel Now sports pack, with every game in every round broadcast LIVE (Grand Final excluded). Foxtel Now is available using a Telstra TV, Playstation 4, Chrome browsers on both PCs and Macs, and iOS or Android mobile devices.
|Foxtel Now Box||Yes||
|Sony Android TV, Sony TV||Yes||2015 models and above|
|iOS Mobiles/Tablets||Yes||Via Foxtel Go app (iPhone 4s or above, iPad 2 or above – using iOS 9.35 or above)|
|Android Mobiles/Tablets||Yes||Via native app (Lollipop 5.0 or above)|
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only with Foxtel Go (Google Chrome and Safari)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Via casting|
|Apple TV||Yes||Via AirPlay|
|Telstra TV||Yes||All models|
|PlayStation 4||Yes||All models (Foxtel Play on PlayStation 3)|
|Xbox One||Yes||Foxtel Play only|
|Samsung, LG Smart TVs||Yes||2017 models and above|
In isolation, Foxtel Now is a relatively cheap alternative for streaming customers, purely due to the variety of programmes they offer. Signing up to all of the Foxtel Now packages can be an expensive business but with a 10-day free trial, AFL fans can catch at least a week’s worth of action and decide whether it’s for them, without having to pay a thing.
AFL Live Pass
AFL Fans based in Australia can stay up-to-date with all of the action with an AFL Live Pass. The subscription is freely available to Telstra customers and allows fans to get every game of the season, live on their mobile and tablet.
In comparison to some of the other providers, given its limitations the AFL Live Pass is quite expensive (a weekly subscription costs $4.99 and a yearly sign-up is $99.99) but it offers all of the content AFL fans need. With the Live Pass available on a multitude of devices, it is a useful resource for die-hard AFL fans.
Watch AFL Overseas Offer
AFL fans outside Australia can now access all of the action wherever in the world they are, through the Watch AFL app offering. This is a service only available to view outside of Australia and requires a subscription but doesn’t need a VPN to go with it. The Watch AFL app allows fans to rewind and pause the live action as well as watch highlights from every league game and women’s fixture.
Watch AFL offer their subscribers a two-week free trial, something that is very useful for those who want to follow the best footy in the world from abroad.