Arena Football, FilmOn streaming deal
June 16, 2015
By Colin Mann
American rules football body Arena Football League (AFL) has signed a one-year partnership with IP-delivered digital television platform FilmOn Networks that will make the service the official provider of international Arena Football. This is gives the AFL access to FilmOn’s 47 million monthly unique users outside of the United States.
FilmOn.com will live stream all games of the 20 week season leading right up to ArenaBowl XXVIII on August 29th. By devoting multiple channels on FilmOn’s system to the AFL, and giving each team its own custom built encoders, every single game will be available to international fans, absolutely free.
The AFL, now in the midst of its 28th season, has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets worldwide. FilmOn will air all games during the 20-week regular season, leading right up to ArenaBowl XXVIII on August 29, 2015.
This is the second major partnership struck between the AFL and FilmOn in recent years. In 2012, the two entities launched ‘AFL Classic”‘ a streaming Internet channel which enabled historic AFL games and content to be streamed.
“Every professional sports league has the goal of becoming a global brand,” said AFL Commissioner Scott C. Butera. “Arena Football has a history of playing games overseas and we believe FilmOn will be a strong partner in delivering our content to the world.”
In addition to computer streaming, fans may also download the FilmOn apps for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Facebook for premium content on the go. AFL games will not only air on the FilmOn digital networks, but also on FilmOn’s Sky Channel 237 in the UK.
“Live Stream Arena Football League games are exactly what FilmOn users want – gritty action and instant gratification,” said Alki David, CEO of FilmOn Networks. “Our huge international audience has already voiced demand for AFL’s games.”