AFL, FilmOn Announce International Broadcast Partnership
Monday June 15, 2015
CHICAGO – The Arena Football League (AFL) has signed a one-year partnership with FilmOn Networks that will make the world's first IP-delivered cable television platform the official provider of international Arena Football in 2015, the League office announced today. This deal 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.
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 at http://www.filmon.tv/tv/afl-classics.
“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.
“The high-octane of Arena Football puts the tedium of watching an NFL game on a major TV network to shame,” said Alki David, CEO of FilmOn Networks. “It’s exactly what FilmOn users want – action, immediate gratification, thrills – whenever and wherever they want them worldwide.”
About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire 2015 season. This season will also be the first with Scott C. Butera leading the way as Commissioner. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVIII Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.