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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013

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It has come to our attention that Livesport.TV will not be available for international viewers to stream in 2013 with the message "Unfortunately http://LIVESPORT.TV will not be showing the 2013 season of the AFL online" on their website.

It appears the AFL have taken the international online streaming in-house with their own AFL.TV service.  Pricing is not available at this stage for packages but streaming of the NAB Cup matches will be free.  The AFL website offers the following:
 
 

"AFLTV is the only product that allows you to watch every minute of every game, from anywhere in the world (excluding Australia and NZ). 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"

The previous operators of the service had come under a great deal of criticism over the past seasons but it was generally felt that things were improving over time, but it seems the AFL feel they can do a better job.  And this could be just the start of the AFL being a broadcaster.  Could this mean in the future the AFL might not only stream video of matches filmed by Fox Footy and Channel 7, but be capable of covering a number of other AFL events including the International Cup and overseas exhibition matches? 

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Thursday, January 31 2013 @ 09:45 pm ACDT

By the way 405 games for the season would seem to be a miscalculation.

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: Mister Football on Friday, February 01 2013 @ 01:37 pm ACDT

I think I see how they have made the error (mathematicallys speaking).

Rather than work out the number of games by multiplying 22 by 9 (giving 198), they have multiplied 22 by 18 to give 396, add 9 finals, and you get to 405, when clearly the correct number is 198 + 9 = 207.

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: Ian Hill on Friday, February 01 2013 @ 01:33 am ACDT

All I can say is that in the past, when I have streamed from the AFL it has been a disaster. Livesport has been fantastic. I'm not talking about money - that doesn't worry me. I'm talking about the picture quality. When I route the livesport feed through HDMI to the flatscreen you almost forget you're watching an internet stream.

To be fair, it has been some years since I tried the AFL and the internet has matued since then so I'll be willing to give it a go, but this does concern me.

I notice that the "array of other options" does not include a club-based package which is probably what 99% of the users would want. Heaven forbid there should be a package where we only have to pay for what we want and nothing more. Seems the AFL have learned from conventional TV providers very quickly !!!

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, February 01 2013 @ 01:49 pm ACDT

Seems like some of the boys in the higher echelons at the AFL are still having problems with their maths/arithmetic :-)  no dollar signs so they're buggered :-)

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: pants on Friday, February 01 2013 @ 05:42 pm ACDT

 No NZ then...how on earth are we meant to watch the footy then??

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: Harley Vague on Saturday, February 02 2013 @ 12:12 pm ACDT

I don't follow this too closely, but, you can get a "proxy" to get around any restrictions on where  you reside.

 

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: GarethB on Saturday, February 02 2013 @ 10:00 pm ACDT

 

The AFL appear to have axed their only (legal) NZ coverage outside of the trivial amount on Sky. Surely that can't be right? It seems odd to throw their weight behind the St Kilda game in Wellington, and to have all sorts of good publicity in NZ out of the recent Saints visit and Hawks signing, only to do this. It makes me wonder whether the Saints-Swans clash will be shown on NZ telly.

Incidentally, a member of the NZ Aussie Rules team was playing rugby sevens for NZ in Wellington today, and it was pointed out several times on the TV commentary where he developed his aerial skills.

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, February 02 2013 @ 10:51 pm ACDT

There's been some unfortunate unintended outcomes in the past regarding TV and internet coverage, but yeah, with so much invested into NZ in the last year or so and to come in the next few years, surely there's an upside here we haven't heard about yet.  We'll let people know if we get word.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: NZ_Aussie on Wednesday, February 06 2013 @ 05:58 pm ACDT

 This is absolute bull*#%^, this needs to be sorted and fast.

Afl.livesport was my savor when I moved to NZ for work.

Sky is the Afl broadcast partner but only show one game a week

Which counts for nothing. All games each week need to be accessible

Which afl.livesport provided. I hope the AFL resolve this and before 

The Nab cup starts.........

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: condor on Thursday, February 07 2013 @ 08:27 am ACDT

Hey,

I completly agree with you NZ _Aussie. This is an absolute joke. It looks like the AFL want to keep the agreement they've made with sky sports by not letting NZ'ders watch it online. This is ridicolous. I've just moved here over from Aus and I'm a die hard eagles fan. I'm finding it hard to believe I might not be able to watch them live this year. I've already looked into changing my online proxy so I can watch the afl live broadcast which seems to be an option. It's rubbish I have to do something illegal to watch it though. Has anyone heard the latest on this?

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: pants on Thursday, February 07 2013 @ 02:10 pm ACDT

 I have since learned after my last post, that we shouldn't be worried here in NZ.

There will be a "significant" annoucement regarding AFL on Sky for the coming season.

My source tells me, "it's better than we could ever had thought possible"

And that's all I know...no dates, no details...just stay tuned!

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: Big Dog on Saturday, February 09 2013 @ 03:26 am ACDT

 Hard not to be worried with the prospect of Sky being the only option. Less than a week before the Pies first pre-season hit out and still no comfort for us poor Kiwi fans.

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: pants on Monday, February 11 2013 @ 05:32 pm ACDT

 Dog, the NAB Cup won't be on Sky...I suspect we'll get AFL.TV access for the NAB Cup, then Sky for the normal stuff.

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: komrush on Monday, February 11 2013 @ 07:26 pm ACDT

 Has anybody got any further info re the Internet streaming of the AFL season ?

Typical AFL, they would have to be the most useless communicators ever.

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, February 12 2013 @ 09:46 pm ACDT

Please note that updated information is available in this article:  AFL choose Rightster to launch AFLTV streaming

However the NZ situation has not yet been clarified, other than this quote when we contacted the AFL:

"The AFL is currently in discussions around broadcasts in New Zealand. We would expect to be able to provide an update by the end of the month, before the season is underway."

And for those that might lament not getting to see the NAB Cup, well most Australians don't get to see it either (it's on subscription on Foxtel).

 

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: rooboy67 on Wednesday, February 13 2013 @ 03:02 pm ACDT

 Ok. I was really stressing about this until yesterday when I updated my 2012 AFL live app on my iPad. The new version ( now called AFL Live 2013) give all residents of Australia and NZ the option of an in App purchase to AFL.TV. This gives you a 12 month subscription which gives you all live games, replays, interviews and the 24hour AFL.TV channel. It cost $109.99 NZ. It is available to all users regardless of which network they use. It allows you to use WiFi (not just 3G). It is available on Apple App Store and is also on Android. See AFL website, forward slash, mobile for details. If this works, it will be so much better than anything we have had. With an Apple TV and my iPad I can AirPlay the games to my big screen at any time I wish. Woo Hoo!

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: NZ_Aussie on Wednesday, February 13 2013 @ 03:33 pm ACDT

I recently heard rumours that the AFL are in negotiations with a New Zealand free to air, As well as the rumoured Sky improvement....

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Livesport.TV offline as AFL streaming goes in-house for 2013
Authored by: pants on Thursday, February 14 2013 @ 05:18 am ACDT

 It would likely be Prime, seeing as they're owned by Sky. They did show some stuff on Triangle as well, but I don't get that so I hope it's not them.

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