Fox Footy (stylised as FOX FOOTY) is an Australian rules football subscription television channel dedicated to screening Australian rules football matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited, operated out of their Melbourne based studios and available throughout Australia on Foxtel, and Optus Television. The channel is a revival of the former Fox Footy Channel, which was in operation between 2002 and 2006. The channel recommenced prior to the 2012 AFL season after a new broadcast agreement was reached between the former Premier Media Group, Austar, Foxtel and the Australian Football League (AFL).[1]

Fox Footy
Fox Footy Logo
CountryAustralia
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Ownership
OwnerFox Sports Pty Limited
Sister channelsFox Sports News
Fox Cricket
Fox League
Fox Netball
Fox Sports
History
Launched17 February 2012
ReplacedFox Sports 504
Links
Websitefoxsports.com.au
Availability
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 504
Kayo SportsChannel 504

As of June 2022, the channel reaches 1.174 million viewers weekly, making it the highest rated subscription channel on Foxtel.[2]

HistoryEdit

Foxtel had previously operated the original Fox Footy Channel from 2002 to 2006, but closed the channel when Foxtel's AFL broadcast deal ended at the end of the 2006 season after failing to agreeing at the time a new agreement with free-to-air broadcasters Seven and Ten but on 8 February 2007 had come to a agreement to broadcast 4 games a week from 2007 to 2011 up from 3 during 2002–2006 on Fox Sports channels but didn't include a AFL channel.

It was announced on 28 April 2011 that the channel would be revived for the 2012 AFL season, as part of the new broadcast rights deal that gave Foxtel rights to show all regular-season AFL matches live. The channel returned exclusively on Foxtel and its broadcasting partners, under the proposed new name of "Fox Sports AFL",[3] which was later changed back to its original name "Fox Footy". The channel relaunched at 5:00 pm AEDT on Friday 17 February 2012 with the first NAB Cup round-robin match between Hawthorn, Richmond and North Melbourne.

Fox Footy has live broadcast rights to all Marsh Community Series matches, all AFLW home and away matches, all AFLW Finals matches including the Grand Final, all AFL home and away matches and all AFL Finals matches until the AFL Grand Final which is shown on delayed with the game being screened exclusively live on Seven. All matches are broadcast live to air in Standard, High Definition and selected matches in 4K Ultra HD with no commercial breaks during play. When two live matches are being played simultaneously, Fox Sports 503 broadcasts one of the matches.

From the start of the 2012 AFL season, Fox Footy had become the most watched Pay-TV network in Australia.[4] In 2017, the AFL preliminary finals had 556,000 and 441,000 viewers.[5] Beginning in 2020, Fox Footy and more Fox Sports Australia channels began carried in Canada on the premium streaming service DAZN.

The 2022 season saw some changes to the channel, with the network cutting ties with Eddie McGuire and the subsequent launch of two new programs, 'Best on Ground' and 'Face to Face' in addition to a time slot change for On the Couch. The network was rocked by further public interest during Round 1 after the termination of senior reporter Tom Morris after derogatory comments made against a colleague in a private chat were leaked publicly.

ProgrammingEdit

PersonnelEdit

 
Commentators Sarah Jones, Jonathan Brown and David King on-air in 2017

Coverage of certain matches including Friday nights, public holidays and finals is picked up from the Seven Network. Fox Footy uses Seven's video feed for the actual match, including graphics and commentary, but all surrounding footage, including pre-match, post-match, and between quarters, is replaced with Fox Footy's own coverage of the match. As of 2025, Fox will have access to clean feeds of Seven's footage for such matches, allowing Fox Footy to use their own commentary, graphics, and breakaways in all matches.

FormerEdit

The following are former commentators and panel show members

Logo historyEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Every game, every week...live|Frost Global
  2. ^ "OzTAM Consolidated National Subscription TV Share and Reach" (PDF). 11 June 2022. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  3. ^ FOXTEL to Deliver Most Comprehensive Live AFL Coverage Ever Archived 3 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ 2017 TV: the final word - TV Tonight, 2 February 2018

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