The 2019 AFL Premiership Season is upon us. If you're looking to catch every game of the AFL season live and online, then this is the AFL Guide you need.
When Is The AFL Premiership Season 2019?
The 2019 AFL Premiership Season officially starts on Thursday March 21, 2019 with Carlton taking on Richmond at the MCG. The match begins at 7pm AEDT.
The rest of the Round One matches follow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To keep on top of start times and when your team is playing, the best place to go is the official AFL Fixture.
The Finals series will begin two weeks after the end of the regular season on September 5. The Grand Final will be played at the MCG on September 28.
We'll have How To Watch guides for both those big events closer to their scheduled dates.
How To Watch The AFL On TV
Channel 7 has the broadcasting rights to the AFL in Australia. It will be showing games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, though not always on the main channel. (Check your local guides to find out what channel they will appear on.) Depending on your region they'll appear on Channel 70 or Channel 73. You can find a comprehensive broadcast guide here.
If you're a mad-keen footy fan who wants to watch every single game, free-to-air TV isn't going to cut the mustard. Which brings us to the wonderful world of online streaming...
How To Watch The AFL Online
Unfortunately, Channel 7's 7Plus web app does not provide live access to AFL games due to streaming rights being sold elsewhere. Instead, you're going to have to pay for a dedicated online service - but the amount varies depending on which option you go for.
One of the best options is Kayo Sports - a new online sporting platform from Foxtel. Kayo Sports will be streaming every game of the season live. You will also get all the analysis, commentary and review shows that comes with the Fox Footy package.
Best of all, it's a cinch to watch to your TV - simply plug in your laptop via HDMI or beam through a Google Chromecast. (You can also watch it via your phone or tablet if you're that way inclined.)
You can currently sign up for a free two week Kayo trial. After that, prices start at $25 per month.
The other option is an AFL Live Pass through Telstra. However, unless you have a Telstra subscription already, it's not worth the money. The app costs $4.99 a week, $16.99 a month or $99.99 for a whole season but you're limited to a tiny 7-inch video of live games.
How To Watch The AFL Overseas
If you're living outside of Australia, Watch AFL if probably your best bet. This grants international viewers access to every AFL game live at god knows what hour. Alternatively, you can invest in a VPN with Australian server access and watch on the aforementioned Kayo.
The subreddit r/AFL is a great community for banter and potentially for updates on the state of play. It's usually pretty quick to the news cycle which is also beneficial. Click here!