iFollow: The live streaming service explained

first_imgChampionship iFollow: The Football League’s live streaming service explained Oli Platt 06:18 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) John Terry Aston Villa Getty Images Championship League One League Two During the 2017-18 season, fans of Championship, League One and League Two clubs living abroad will be able to watch their team’s matches live The Football League has made its first step into the new world of live streaming this season with the introduction of a service called iFollow.Available to fans outside of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, it will now be possible for international fans to watch all of their club’s games during the 2017-18 season.Goal has a complete guide to the new platform and how it works. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player WHAT IS iFOLLOW?Calum Connolly Ipswich TowniFollow is the name of a new streaming service run by the Football League that allows fans outside of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to watch games live.More than 1,500 games are expected to be broadcast around the world during the 2017-18 season, with only the games shown on television by one of the Football League’s broadcast partners not available to watch in the territory in which that partner is the rights holder.iFollow is also the name of the Football League’s digital platform within the UK and Ireland, which does not feature the live streams but includes highlights and interviews.HOW MUCH DOES iFOLLOW COST?iFollow’s overseas live streaming service costs the equivalent of £110 a season. In the United States, the price for the full campaign is $140.You can also purchase single games for the equivalent of £5 each, which is $7 in the USA.Within the UK and Ireland, iFollow without the live streaming costs £45 a season.HOW DO I ACCESS iFOLLOW?Barrie McKay Nottingham ForestYou can access iFollow by visiting the official website of the Football League club you want to watch. There is no central iFollow website.As the 2017-18 season is now well underway, season passes are no longer being sold but match passes can be purchased on a week-to-week basis.WHY ISN’T iFOLLOW IN THE UK & IRELAND?iFollow’s live streaming service is not in the UK due to broadcast restrictions.In England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, no matches can be broadcast live between 14:45 and 17:15 due to the blackout originally imposed in the 1960s to encourage fans to attend matches.As most Football League games take place at 15:00 on Saturday, iFollow would not be workable – and the Football League may have feared that such a service might negatively impact attendances.It is not as clear why iFollow is unavailable in the Republic of Ireland, as there is no such blackout there.WHY ISN’T MY CLUB SIGNED UP TO iFOLLOW?Norwich CityA small number of clubs have not signed up to the iFollow platform.They are: Accrington Stanley, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Fulham, Hull City, Forest Green Rovers, Middlesbrough, QPR, Sunderland and Wolves.Aston Villa, Birmingham, Bristol City, Derby, Fulham, QPR and Wolves, however, offer exactly the same service through their own platform.Accrington, Charlton, Hull, Forest Green, Middlesbrough and Sunderland have opted out entirely.IS THERE AN iFOLLOW APP?As is the case on desktop, there is no central iFollow mobile site or app.The service can be accessed, however, by downloading your club’s official app to a smartphone or tablet.You will then be able to sign in to your iFollow account and access games when they are broadcast.last_img read more