THE AFL and digital
media partner Telstra announced on Friday that UK fans will be able
to watch this weekend's matches live online following the demise of
the AFL's UK television rights holder, Setanta Sports, earlier this
AFL chief operating
officer Gillon McLachlan said the one-off free trial to viewers in
the UK would give fans access to all eight matches live.
"We are pleased
to be able to deliver free, live AFL content to our growing UK fan
base this weekend and we thank our digital media partner Telstra for
stepping in to help at short notice and significant expense,"
Head of News and Sport David McGrath said BigPond had promptly assisted
the AFL and its UK supporters in delivering this interim solution.
in the UK who log on to BigPond this weekend can catch every minute
of live footy action. We worked quickly with the AFL to make a live
video stream available free of any subscription fees to fans in the
UK, while the AFL's UK broadcast rights are being sorted out,"
UK fans wanting
to see the Essendon Carlton clash live at the MCG tonight, as well
as the seven other games in round 13 should click here: http://bigpondtv.com/aflliveuk
Mr McLachlan said
the AFL was in discussions about selling its UK broadcast rights to
an alternative television network for the remainder of the 2009 season,
and that UK fans would be kept updated on progress via the AFL website.
In a further note,
subscribers to Setanta's AFL package in Ireland, North America and
Canada will be able to view this weekend's matches via the usual television