AFL fans in New Zealand now have more options to watch the game they love, with Sommet Sports broadcasting on both Freeview Satellite and Sky.
Sommet Sports has been the major broadcaster of AFL in New Zealand since the 2013 season, and will broadcast six live games each week over the coming season. The remaining matches will be broadcast on delayed coverage.
The channels on which Sommet Sports will broadcast have been announced. On the Freeview network, Sommet will retain Channel 14, and on the Sky Network Sommet will take up Channel 69.
Supporters of televised sport in New Zealand have reacted positively to the news. Sommet Sports’ Facebook page has been inundated with messages of support and excitement.
Sommet Sports holds the rights to broadcast AFL in New Zealand for the next three years. AFL matches on Sommet Sports will now be accessible to 90% of New Zealand homes.
AFL General Manager – Broadcasting, Scheduling & Major Projects Simon Lethlean is very pleased with the coverage.
“Making the game accessible to as many people in New Zealand as possible is vital to the growth of the AFL’s popularity,” he said.
Sommet Sports’ broadcasting of AFL matches has proven to be immensely popular among AFL fans in New Zealand, who were previously unable to access comprehensive coverage.
During a recent broadcast of a Hawthorn Hawks NAB Challenge preseason match, AFL fans in New Zealand enjoyed the chance to see the debut match of Kiwi Kurt Heatherley, thanks to Sommet Sports broadcasting the game.