How to Watch or Stream the 2019 AFL Season
There are very few sports in the world that generate as much excitement and raw passion from its fans as AFL footy. For over a century, the sport – a uniquely Australian invention – has pushed the boundaries of its players’ skills as it’s evolved and branched out across the country to become a truly national competition.
Watching AFL football on TV used to be a Saturday afternoon tradition, but with the league now made up of 18 teams playing all across the country (and occasionally overseas) on different days and at different times each week, keeping up with when to watch can be a challenge. Free to air TV only broadcasts a handful of games, too – if you want to be sure to see every game you’re interested in, you’re going to need better coverage than that. Luckily, it’s here, it’s flexible and it’s cheap!
The 2019 Season
Fortunes come and go quickly in a competition like the AFL, a game so physically demanding that regular injuries are a fact of life for all the teams. And that can lead to an unpredictable and exciting contest where fortunes can change quickly. In 2017, the Richmond Tigers were near-unbeatable, taking the premiership in one of the loudest and most exuberant Grand Finals in recent memory. But then in 2018, the mighty minor premiers Richmond ran out of steam in the Preliminary Final, taken out by Collingwood – who themselves wen ton to be defeated by West Coast in a thriller of a Grand Final.
Now in 2019, it’s been the Geelong Cats’ turn to dominate so far, cruising comfortably at the top of the ladder with a determined Collingwood, the GWS Giants and West Coast close behind them. Already the run up to this year’s finals is looking to be an absolute cracker – and every game will count.
How to Stream Every AFL Match of the 2019 Season
With its huge fan base around the country, the AFL is one of the most-watched sports on TV, but to see each and every game – whether your own team’s or the opposition’s – you’re going to need to turn to the stellar coverage that Fox Sports puts together. They’ve got every single game up to the Grand Final fully covered, and no ad breaks at all during play (don’t we all just hate the way free-to-air TV plays an ad after every goal!)
Now, in past years the way you’d get hooked up with Fox Sports’ AFL coverage was by subscribing to either Foxtel (via satellite) or Foxtel Now (for streaming). And both are still very valid options that will make sure you get to see each and every game. But it still means you have to be there at the start of each game on time so you don’t miss a thing, and you’ll be turning to third-party apps and web sites to get insight into the stats, facts and figures.
And that’s where Kayo Sports comes in. Launched late last year and already massively popular with sports fans around Australia, Kayo is a streaming service that was set up for one purpose – to stream sport. The service has been designed with sports fans’ needs in mind, and boasts a ton of innovative features that turn your AFL streaming options into a full interactive experience.
And the best part? It’s cheap. Like other popular streaming services, Kayo has a flat monthly price for full access to everything it has to offer. For only $25 per month, you can stream whenever and wherever you like – on your phone, on your TV, on your computer – with two devices allowed to stream at the same time (great for when your mate wants to keep an eye on their own team’s game).
Kayo’s coverage all comes direct from Fox Sports, so you get the full footy experience – with no ads during play, in full high definition, plus all the interactive features that Kayo brings to the table.
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Kayo’s Features for AFL Streaming
Once you’ve grabbed the Kayo app and signed in, watching the footy has never been easier – you can pick your favourite team or teams to make sure you never miss a match, but you can also browse all the games for the round, including games in progress and ones that have already finished. If you want to watch a game in progress, you can choose between streaming it live, or streaming it from the start – time-shifting made easy! Replays are available for several weeks after the game’s finished, too – so even if you’re away for a few weeks, you can still catch up with your team when you come back. As you stream, Kayo has other clever features to make the experience unique, too:
Key Moments: This is a fantastic invention that lets you check out a game at your own pace. If you’re watching a replay (or on delay) you’ll see “key moments” appear in the streaming timeline. They signify significant moments in the match – goals, the start and end of quarters and so on. Just click on one and you’re taken right to that moment in the game.
Split View: If you’re watching your team play but want to keep an eye on other games to see how the ladder is impacted, you can stream up to three other games live on the same screen in their own windows, and switch between them freely as they all play out live. It’s brilliant.
Live Stats: You can have a heads-up display open during the game (or whenever you like) that gives you the key stats – kicks, handballs, disposals and much more – in real time.
No Spoilers: A key feature of the Kayo platform is the ability to turn off spoilers – so you can watch a delayed game as though it was live and not accidentally have the result spoiled by the scores appearing on screen. The choice is yours!
Tons of Extra Content
Alongside the 2019 competition, Kayo also features a collection of classic AFL matches, including key Grand Finals and pivotal games. There’s also the full range of Fox Sports’ acclaimed footy coverage including shows like Bounce, AFL 360, On The Couch, AFL Tonight and more.
And the AFL’s pre-season AFLX and AFLW seasons are fully covered as well, with AFLW letting you choose and follow individual teams from that league as well.
Cheap as Chips!
You can take all of the AFL footy that Kayo Sports has to offer for a two week test drive right now, absolutely free of charge – if you’re not blown away by the footy feast on offer you can cancel at any time. But if you’re like most who try Kayo, you’ll be all-in for the ongoing experience at only $25 per month for two screens (or $35/month to stream on three screens at a time). Check out the 2 weeks free trial today and discover the best way to stream and watch the AFL season!
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