In this article, we will show you How to Watch AFL on Firestick anywhere in the world using different streaming services.
Australian Football League (AFL) is one of the most popular sports events in the country. It’s also the most attended sports event in the world, which counts for higher television viewership as well.
This year’s Australian rules football was canceled on 22nd March in light of the current restrictions imposed by the Australian government. Now that the restrictions are being lifted slowly, the AFL has announced its season reboot next month after a long break.
Starting with Richmond and Collingwood in an empty Melbourne Cricket Ground on 11th June, the AFL will kick off its rebooted season. AFL has also confirmed a revised schedule for the first four rounds of this season, including prime-time matches on Sunday night alongside Thursday and Friday nights. If everything goes right, AFL will announce the following rounds once the third round finishes. The AFL Grand Final is supposedly going to commence on 24th October.
How To Watch AFL on Firestick?
Since AFL plans to kick-off the matches in empty stadiums, football fans will mostly have to rely on live TV broadcasts. The official broadcasters of the 2020 AFL season are Fox Sports and Channel Seven. While Fox is live broadcasts on its Fox Footy and Fox Sports pay-television channels, Channel Seven is going to air five matches per week for free, including every AFL finals. Foxtel has also allocated coverage for AFL matches.
Those who have cut the cable in favor of a streaming device like an Amazon Firestick for online media streaming can also watch AFL with a few services. In this guide, we will discuss these services in detail so that you can watch the Australian Football League aka AFL on Firestick.
Watch AFL in Australia with 7plus on Firestick
In Australia, Kayo Sports is the best sports streaming service, offering live and on-demand cricket, football, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, MMA, and rugby content from major sports associations around the world. Every single AFL match will be aired live on Kayo Sports as well. Unfortunately, Kayo Sports isn’t available on Firestick. The situation with the app compatibility is quite weird, considering that it does support Android TV devices.
This is where Channel Seven’s 7plus streaming service comes in. As previously mentioned, Seven Network has free-to-air broadcast rights for most AFL matches, including the grand finals. They will air up to five games per week, whereas Fox Network will air every single AFL match on its sports channels.
Since Seven Network now has online streaming rights for its free-to-air AFL broadcasts, Firestick users will also be able to stream them live via the 7plus service. It is officially available to download in the Amazon Appstore.
Logging in to the 7plus app with a Seven account is optional, but you miss out on personalized recommendations and exclusive content.
Watch AFL on Firestick in the US with Live TV services
AFL has given Fox the rights to broadcast select AFL matches, including the finals across the FS1 and FOX Soccer Plus channels. With a proper subscription from one of the popular online live TV providers, you will be able to stream Fox’s sports channels and watch AFL in the United States. Below is a list of live TV services that offer FS1 and FOX Soccer Plus streams.
YouTube TV is one of the only live TV streaming services that offer 70+ channels under a $49.99 monthly subscription. It does have an extensive lineup of sports channels, including FOX Sports, FS1, FS2, ESPN, NBCSN, etc. For an additional $15/month, you can also opt for FOX Soccer Plus on YouTube TV to get the most coverage of AFL matches.
YouTube TV also bundles unlimited cloud storage for DVR with its subscriptions, so you get the option to schedule a recording for AFL games and watch later.
You can even add up to six family members or friends to your YouTube TV subscription. However, note that only three devices can stream YouTube TV at the same time.
While the Hulu + Live TV plan doesn’t have FOX Soccer Plus, it does offer a decent lineup of sports channels, including BTN, ESPN, FS1, FS2, Yes, NBCSN, etc. So, you can watch select AFL matches on Hulu as well.
If Hulu’s default 50 hours of cloud DVR limit isn’t enough for you to record AFL matches, then you can upgrade to the Enhanced Cloud DVR ($9.99/month) add-on for 200 hours of cloud DVR storage. It also unlocks the fast-forward feature so that you can skip through advertisements while watching an AFL match recording.
The same goes for its limit on simultaneous streams. By default, you can stream channels from Hulu on two devices at once. But, the Unlimited Screens ($9.99/month) add-on removes the limit of simultaneous streams on the same Wi-Fi network. On separate networks, it is still limited to three devices.
In case you need both of the add-ons, then you can go for the feature bundle for only $14.99/month.
fuboTV’s fubo Standard base package offers 103 channels for only $54.99/month. You do get access to a respectable lineup of sports channels that has FS1, FS2, beIN Sports, BTN, and the fubo Sports Network.
For more AFL coverage, you can add the International Sports Plus ($5.99/month) add-on to the base package, which gives you FOX Soccer Plus alongside FOX Sports and five additional sports channels.
fubo Standard includes 30 hours of cloud DVR and two simultaneous streams. With the Family ($59.99/month) and Ultra ($79.99/month) packages, you get up to 500 hours of cloud storage space for DVR and three streams.
If you are on a tight budget, then Sling is the most affordable live TV provider to watch AFL matches in the US. Its $30 monthly Sling Blue plan includes FS1 and a few other sports channels, which is more than enough AFL coverage on a budget.
Although it doesn’t have FOX Soccer Plus as an add-on, you still get 10 hours for DVR recording and three simultaneous streams.
Watch AFL on Firestick in other Countries using VPN
Not every country has a sports streaming service that covers live AFL matches. If you live in one of those countries, then you won’t be able to access 7plus or other live TV streaming services due to geo-restrictions. In such cases, the most reliable way to bypass geo-restrictions is to use a VPN service.
A VPN lets you connect to private servers hosted in several different countries. Once you establish a connection with a server, your network packets are re-routed to the server instead of your local DNS, which results in a change of your IP address and primary location metadata.
Many people use a VPN to get past the geographical restrictions of streaming services, and it isn’t deemed to be an illegal activity. You can also use a VPN on your Firestick to access Australia’s 7plus and other American live TV streaming services, and stream live AFL matches.
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Even though it isn’t possible to watch your favorite teams competing in AFL live at the stadium due to the current situation, you can still show your support by staying at home, and stream AFL matches live on your television with the help of various sports streaming services.
This guide has everything you need to watch AFL on Firestick anywhere in the world. The services that we have mentioned here are also available for the Fire TV (Gen 3), Fire TV Cube, and other Amazon Fire TV Edition smart devices.