Arena Football League inks streaming deal with FilmOn

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 18 June 2015

The Arena Football League (AFL) has signed a one-year partnership with over-the-top (OTT) specialist FilmOn Networks, giving AFL access to the company's 47 million monthly users outside of the US.

The OTT offer will live stream all games of the 20-week season, leading up to ArenaBowl XXVIII on 29 August. By devoting multiple channels on FilmOn's system to the AFL, and giving each team its own custom-built encoders, every game will be available to international fans.

This is the second major partnership struck between the AFL and FilmOn. 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 air on the FilmOn digital networks, and 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."