|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Owner||Fox Sports Pty Limited|
|Sister channels||Fox Sports News|
|Launched||17 February 2012|
|Replaced||Fox Sports 504|
|Foxtel Go||Channel 504|
|Kayo Sports||Channel 504|
Fox Footy (stylised as FOX FOOTY) is an Australian rules football subscription television channel dedicated to screening Australian rules football matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited, operated out of their Melbourne based studios and available throughout Australia on Foxtel, and Optus Television. The channel is a revival of the former Fox Footy Channel, which was in operation between 2002 and 2006. The channel recommenced prior to the 2012 AFL season after a new broadcast agreement was reached between the former Premier Media Group, Austar, Foxtel and the Australian Football League (AFL).
As of January 2018, the Round 7, 2011 clash between the Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions remains the highest-rating AFL game ever on Fox Footy, recording a national subscription TV figure of 354,745 viewers.
Foxtel had previously operated the original Fox Footy Channel from 2002 to 2006, but closed the channel when Foxtel's AFL broadcast deal ended at the end of the 2006 season after failing to agreeing at the time a new agreement with free-to-air broadcasters Seven and Ten but on 8 February 2007 had come to a agreement to broadcast 4 games a week from 2007 to 2011 up from 3 during 2002–2006 on Fox Sports channels but didn't include a AFL channel.
It was announced on 28 April 2011 that the channel would be revived for the 2012 AFL season, as part of the new broadcast rights deal that gave Foxtel rights to show all regular-season AFL matches live. The channel returned exclusively on Foxtel and its broadcasting partners, under the proposed new name of "Fox Sports AFL", which was later changed back to its original name "Fox Footy". The channel relaunched at 5:00 pm AEDT on Friday 17 February 2012 with the first NAB Cup round-robin match between Hawthorn, Richmond and North Melbourne.
Fox Footy has live broadcast rights to all Marsh Community Series matches, all AFLW home and away matches, all AFLW Finals matches including the Grand Final, all AFL home and away matches and all AFL Finals matches until the AFL Grand Final which is shown on delayed with the game being screened exclusively live on Seven. All matches are broadcast live to air in Standard, High Definition and selected matches in 4K Ultra HD with no commercial breaks during play. When two live matches are being played simultaneously, Fox Sports 503 broadcasts one of the matches.
From the start of the 2012 AFL season, Fox Footy had become the most watched Pay-TV network in Australia. In 2017, the AFL preliminary finals had 556,000 and 441,000 viewers. Beginning in 2020, Fox Footy and more Fox Sports Australia channels began carried in Canada on the premium streaming service DAZN.
The 2022 season saw some changes to the channel, with the departure of Eddie McGuire and the subsequent launch of two new programs, 'Best on Ground' and 'Face to Face' in addition to a time slot change for On the Couch. The network was rocked by further controversy during Round 1 after the termination of senior reporter Tom Morris after derogatory comments made against a colleague in a private chat were leaked to the public.
All AFL premiership matches are broadcast live, with no ads during game-play, excluding the AFL Grand Final, which is showed in delayed due to the Seven Network owning the exclusive broadcast rights. Most AFL Community Series matches are broadcast live.
Coverage of certain matches including Friday nights, public holidays and finals is picked up from the Seven Network. Fox Footy uses Seven's video feed for the actual match including commentary, but all surrounding footage, including pre-match, post-match, and between quarters, is replaced with Fox Footy's own coverage of the match.
Hosts & contributors
Best On Ground
The following are former commentators and panel show members
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