UK FIRST AS LIVE EFL ACTION SET TO BE STREAMED ON iFOLLOW

By in Governance, Technology

Monday 20th August 2018

History will be made in the EFL this week as 31 midweek fixtures across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two are set to be live-streamed to football fans in the UK and Ireland.

The upcoming round of midweek fixtures is the first at which domestic streaming will be widely available to viewers in the UK and Ireland, with iFollow the only place to watch enhanced four camera coverage of Sky Bet Championship matches in 2018/19 at a cost of just £10 per match.

iFollow provides exclusive access to League One and League Two games for supporters unable to make the match in person, with fans of Clubs from across all three divisions benefitting from major upgrades to the service, including added commentary and graphics packages to improve the viewing experience for all.

Supporters watching coverage via the iFollow platform, which is available through a Club’s official website or App, will also be able to keep up to date with scores from around the games, with live text updates provided as the goals go in throughout the EFL.

Amongst the fixtures available this week, Paul Warne’s Rotherham United host Hull City at the New York Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, Burton Albion travel to Bradford City in League One hoping to make it back-to-back wins after Saturday’s victory against Doncaster Rovers, whilst Checkatrade Trophy winners Lincoln City welcome Bury to Sincil Bank in League Two.

To purchase a match pass or to view relevant subscription information relating to iFollow visit your Club’s official website, or via www.efl.com/iFollow

The action doesn’t come to halt after this week, as fans in the UK and Ireland can watch future live EFL League games provided that:

o   They fall outside of UEFA’s Article 48 Blocked Hours (14:45-17:15 on a Saturday)

o   They fall outside Bank Holidays

o   They have not been selected for broadcast on Sky Sports

These developments will also benefit overseas subscribers with the enhanced production values being made in all locations, despite international prices remaining frozen from 2017/18 when the service was introduced to overseas subscribers. Audio commentary is also available to both overseas and domestic supporters.

Which Clubs Are Involved

  • 58 of 72 current EFL clubs have signed up to adopt iFollow;
  • There are currently 14 EFL clubs who will have the opportunity to deliver a similar service through their existing digital offering, these clubs are Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Derby County, Hull City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, QPR, Swansea City, Stoke City, Sunderland AFC, Accrington Stanley, Charlton Athletic and Forest Green Rovers.

Fixtures available to be domestically streamed this week are as follows:

Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 21 August
Derby County v Ipswich Town 19:45pm
Rotherham United v Hull City 19:45pm
 
Wednesday 22 August
Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall 19:45pm
Blackburn Rovers v Reading 19:45pm
Norwich City v Preston North End 19:45pm
Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City 20:00pm
Stoke City v Wigan Athletic 20:00pm

 

Sky Bet League One

Tuesday 21 August
AFC Wimbledon v Walsall 19:45pm
Blackpool v Coventry City 19:45pm
Bradford City v Burton Albion 19:45pm
Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth 19:45pm
Charlton Athletic v Peterborough United 19:45pm
Doncaster Rovers v Shrewsbury Town 19:45pm
Luton Town v Southend United 19:45pm
Oxford United v Accrington Stanley 19:45pm
Plymouth Argyle v Wycombe Wanderers 19:45pm
Rochdale v Barnsley 19:45pm
 
Wednesday 22 August
Gillingham v Sunderland 19:45pm
Scunthorpe United v Fleetwood Town 19:45pm

Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 21 August
Cambridge United v Exeter City 19:45pm
Carlisle United v Port Vale 19:45pm
Colchester United v Crewe Alexandra 19:45pm
Crawley Town v Swindon Town 19:45pm
Forest Green Rovers v Stevenage 19:45pm
Lincoln City v Bury 19:45pm
Macclesfield Town v Cheltenham Town 19:45pm
Milton Keynes Dons v Grimsby Town 19:45pm
Morecambe v Northampton Town 19:45pm
Newport County v Notts County 19:45pm
Tranmere Rovers v Mansfield Town 19:45pm
Yeovil Town v Oldham Athletic 19:45pm