From time to time, you may experience some technical issues with Watch AFL.
This article has a bunch of handy troubleshooting tips to get you back in the game ASAP:
When it comes to streaming, a strong, consistent internet connection is crucial for a seamless stream. Here are some steps to help diagnose and troubleshoot any internet related issues you're having:
- Run a speed test
- Running a speed test will provide you with an indicative internet speed. These aren't always representative of a consistent connection over a long period of time but should give you an idea if your connection is an issue.
- Internet speed is below 7.5Mbps
- We recommend a download speed of at least 7.5Mbps for a quality streaming experience on Watch AFL.
- If your speed test result was less than 7.5Mbps, it is most likely your internet connection that is causing playback issues or buffering.
- If you suspect you are getting less bandwidth (e.g. less than 5Mbps), than you should, please contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
- Internet speed is above 7.5Mbps
- You can still experience playback issues even if your internet speed is strong (e.g. above 7.5Mbps).
- Make sure others on your network aren't downloading music, movies or games.
- If multiple people are using the same network causing internet congestion, you may experience playback issues even with a strong connection.
- If you're consistently having problems connecting to your internet or experience buffering, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP). There are often quick fixes once they learn about your connection problems.
Note: Closed networks (e.g. hotels, motels, cruise ships, hospitals, businesses) can cause connectivity issues with live streaming if some ports are blocked or restricted.
- Check your Wi-Fi
- Check your Wi-Fi Network and if possible, connect directly to your modem via Ethernet or Wired Connection
- If you're in a public place with additional Wi-Fi connection points, try a new Wi-Fi connection
- You could also try connecting to a mobile hotspot to watch your stream
- Note: Mobile hotspots can use significant amounts of data - so check your mobile plan and data usage settings
- Reset your Router
If you're having trouble with your internet connection, sometimes rebooting your router can resolve connection issues.
It's an effective solution, and it's easy:
- Turn your router or modem off, and unplug it from its power source
- Wait 20 seconds, and plug your router or modem back in
- Switch the router back on, and allow it about a minute to turn back on
- Try connecting to the internet again and starting your stream
Note: Running another speed test now may help identify if this was the cause of your playback issue
Change your Video Quality
- If your internet connection speed is below 7.5Mbps, don't worry. Watch AFL uses adaptive streaming technology which means our content network will identify your internet connection and provide the best possible resolution for you.
- You can also manually adjust your video quality and select the resolution that you think is best for you based on your internet connection
- How do I adjust my video quality?
- Start streaming any content on Watch AFL
- Click the cog at the top right-hand side of your screen
- Select 'Quality'
- Select the resolution that you want
Restart your Device:
It might be the most simple troubleshooting steps, but it's also effective. Try restarting your device or browser and trying streaming Watch AFL again.
Uninstall/Reinstall Watch AFL:
Sometimes uninstalling and reinstalling your app is the best bet. It will ensure you have the latest version of the app and may help clear up any technical gremlins.
- It's worth checking out what devices and browsers are supported by Watch AFL. If you're using an unsupported device, it may be causing playback issues.
- Click here to see the full list of supported devices and browsers.
- Note: Make sure you have the latest version of your device and browser downloaded when streaming Watch AFL to minimise the chance of playback issues.
VPN or Proxy Server:
Watch AFL is a geo-location based service which means it's only available to customers outside of Australia.
Due to the licensing agreements we have for content on Watch AFL, we have to ensure all customers are using the Watch AFL service from outside of Australia. If you're using a VPN or Proxy Server, we can't tell where you're based and therefore the stream may not be available.
Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Proxy Server is known to interfere with the quality of Watch AFL streams. So, if you have a
VPN or Proxy Server enabled, you'll need to choose to disable it and try using the service again.
Contact Watch AFL Customer Care
Still having troubles? Contact our Watch AFL Customer Care team and they'll use their skills to help get you back into the game as soon as possible.
You can get a head start on your troubleshooting by getting your Unique Device Identifier (UDID) ready.
- While you're streaming, click the cog icon on the top right-hand side of the player
- Select 'Info'
- Copy and paste the UDID and have ready to send to the Watch AFL Customer Care team
Note: The UDID feature is not available on the Watch AFL app