The awarding of the AFL rights to BigPond TV and Telstra could create a conflict with Foxtel after it was announced that all AFL Games will be shown live over Telstra’s IPTV Network.
THE AFL has confirmed a $1.253 billion TV rights deal for the next five years, which will see all AFL games shown live across the Seven Network Foxtel, BigPond TV and possibly the Nine Network
Currently Foxtel charge $90 for a sports package that will include AFL games. Foxtel customers who want an additional fast Broadband package could be up for an additional $75 a month.
On the other hand a fast Telstra BigPond package which includes access to Telstra T Box services and BigPond TV complete with access to all AFL games will only cost $89 a month.
Alternatively a viewer can buy a Telstra T Box outright for $299 and get access to ALF games, due to Telstra delivering their BigPond TV service unmetered to BigPond Customers.
In May Telstra will announce the pricing for 30 Foxtel channels that will run on their T-Box platform. The cost is expected to be $25 and $30 a month. It is not known whether any ALF football channels are included in the deal.
A big beneficiary of the AFL is Samsung and LG who’s Smart TV’s have the Telstra BigPond TV service built into their new models. The TV’s give consumers access to both games a new Telstra applications that deliver information on players, games and all replays of AFL games.
The free-to-air network will have a minimum of four games per round, while Foxtel will show all nine games live, every week.
Friday night football, as well as Saturday night and Sunday afternoon footy will all be shown live on free-to-air.
Only the Saturday afternoon game will be subject to delayed coverage on free-to-air.
All finals will be broadcast live on free-to-air TV in all parts of Australia.
Foxtel will provide a dedicated footy channel, to be called Foxtel AFL.
The Herald Sun in Melbourne said that Seven and Ten were expected to bid together, but fell out in recent weeks over money and a court dispute involving defecting Seven executive James Warburton.
Channel 9 has emerged as a possible home for Saturday or Sunday afternoon football should Seven opt not to broadcast all four of its free-to-air matches.
The windfall will trigger a push by the game’s 800 players for a bumper pay rise in their Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.
Players have told the AFL they want a fixed 27 per cent cut of all future revenues, which, on last year’s figures, equates to $220 million.