Furious footy fans hit Channel 7 for ad-filled AFL Grand Final coverage – while others explode because they can’t watch the action on their phones
- Footy fans rage after Channel 7 banned streaming of 2021 AFL final
- Channel 7 has exclusive rights, preventing competitors from streaming live action
- Supporters are also annoyed by the continuous flow of advertisements during the coverage
Many diehard footy fans are fuming over the frequent ads during Channel 7’s live coverage of the 2021 AFL Grand Final – as well as the network banning streaming options online.
Supporters of the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Demons and Neutrals took to Twitter in frustration when it became clear early in the first quarter that they needed a TV to watch the action live from Optus Stadium in Perth.
“For the first time in my life I can’t legally watch the Grand Final… It’s not on Kayo Sports, 7 Plus or the AFL app… my Smart TV and Apple TV are both too old to use the other streaming methods.” to support. Great work team,’ footy fan Jackson Davey sarcastic tweeted.
Another supporter, Peter Lewis, was even more damning, calling Channel 7’s decision to ban viewers from streaming the game “just breathtaking”.
Many agreed with Mr Lewis, with another Melbourne footy fan revealing: ‘I listen to it on the radio and follow it on Twitter. Even though I signed up to Kayo/Stan/Channel 7…Pure if you don’t have a TV and you’re in isolation.’
Even with the AFL Grand Final in Perth, football fans from Victorian clubs Western Bulldogs (left) and Melbourne Demons watch the action live
A crowd of another 60,000 have made their way to Optus Stadium in Perth for the 2021 AFL Grand Final
Twitter user JD is frustrated with Channel 7’s decision not to stream the 2021 AFL Grand Final
Another user, Peter Lewis, called Channel 7’s decision not to stream the action ‘just breathtaking’
A third footy fan said he was ‘ropable’ after finding out he needed a TV to watch the AFL grand final
The most anticipated match of the year is being held in Perth for the first time to a sold-out crowd of 60,000 fans at Optus Stadium due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak in Melbourne.
The Demons were first on the scoreboard with two deficits before Christian Petracca extended their lead to start the first goal of the game.
Pre-game, Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan arrived via train proudly donning a Demons scarf as he posed for photos with fans.
Footage of McGowan openly showing his allegiance to the demons surprised Channel 7 commentators.
“He made a statement there, I didn’t expect that,” said James Brayshaw.
Abbey Holmes added: ‘That’s controversial.’
The sold-out crowd also enjoyed a pre-match entertainment lineup of Australian chart anthems from the likes of Eskimo Joe and John Butler ahead of the first bounce at 7:15 PM (AEST).
But not everyone watching at home was impressed, with some calling the musical entertainment “worse than Meatloaf” – referring to American singer Meatloaf giving a wide-paned 12-minute performance during the 2011 AFL Grand Final at the MCG.
Bulldog cult hero Bailey Smith arrived on the ground separately from his teammates after leaving his official accreditation cord at the team hotel.
In AFL-obsessed Melbourne, fans gathered in a number of private venues to watch the big game – despite warnings from health officials to stay home.
It came after Victoria recorded 847 newly acquired Covid cases and one death on Saturday, the highest daily peak of infection during the pandemic.