After announcing the club wouldn’t be using the EFL’s iFollow streaming service to supply overseas Villa fans with live match streaming, Villa have announced the details of their alternative AVTV Live.
Due to broadcast restrictions the service is only available to international fans (based outside the UK & Ireland), while domestic supporters will have access to a full live audio commentary service.
Annual & Match-by-Match
Villa CEO Keith Wyness had indicated in the recent Fan Consultation Group meeting that it would be match-by-match only, due to the potential amount of Sky TV games that would be exempt from the streaming platform, but alas it will actually be possible to subscribe annually (prices below).
Cup competitions will be made available where permitted.
Live video streams with commentary will also be available to international fans only (non UK & Ireland) for all non-televised matches that are made available to the club. All cup competitions are excluded from this service due to broadcast restrictions.
Sky & Broadcast Partners
One of the issues of an annual subscription was that any games that Sky and their international broadcast partner pick up will not be included in the service. Last season Villa had 19 televised games, and it’s expected that number will go over 20, with a better season expected and the John Terry factor in full affect.
So, the upshot is, according to the club, AVTV Live should broadcast between 20-25 matches in the upcoming season.
The club will make these subscriptions available early next week in various formats including – a season-long pass, a monthly subscription and on a match-by-match basis.
The promise at least, according to the club’s website, is to provide ‘an enhanced video package that improves upon the EFL’s standard single camera iFollow service, including for AVTV Live viewers, slow motion replays of all the key action so you never miss a kick.’
The service will available on desktop websites or within the club’s mobile App.
AVTV Live Pricing
The annual prices for both the video and audio streams match those of the EFL’s iFollow
Live Video Stream (International fans only – non UK & Ireland)
Season Pass £110 (roughly 20-25 games dependent on broadcast picks)
Monthly £13 (10 x monthly payments Aug-May)
Audio (UK, Ireland & International)
Season Pass £45
Monthly £6 (10 x monthly payments Aug-May)