AFL fans get early bounce

AFL followers who do not have access to subscription television are celebrating following an announcement by Prime TV yesterday.

The station announced that from tonight it will televise 2011 Friday Night AFL on its multi-channel 7mate from 8.30pm.

7mate will be the only freeview channel for viewers across regional New South Wales to see the action every Friday night at the same time as AFL fans in Victoria.

This is an improvement on broadcasts starting at 11.00pm which has been the norm for the past four seasons.

“We are very happy to work with the AFL and the Seven Network to give viewers in regional NSW and the ACT this exclusive broadcast of Friday Night AFL,” chief executive officer Doug Edwards said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the support of Senator Conroy who has authorised the use of our digital multi-channel for the broadcast of these Friday Night AFL games.

“7mate will be the only place local footy fans will be able to catch Friday night games on free-to-air television in prime time.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Friday Night Footy to 7mate and look forward to providing our viewers with all the excitement and action of the great game of AFL.”

Kicking off 7mate’s Friday night coverage tonight will be a rematch of the 2009 grand final between Geelong and St Kilda under lights from the MCG.

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