The SPFL and Sky have come to an agreement to allow clubs to stream matches live for the 2020/21 season. The agreement will last as long as social distancing measures are in place, including all home matches that are behind closed doors.
Rob Maclean will host the pre-match programme with a host of Dons legends. There will also be exclusive interviews and features pre-match, with half-time and post-match reaction from Rob and guests.
The announcement has posed a number of questions from supporters, and we’ve tried to answer your queries below.
- Your Virtual Season Ticket will provide access for ALL home league matches which are played at Pittodrie whilst matches are played behind closed doors or partial crowds should you not be granted access;
- In the event that you are granted access to Pittodrie for a match with partial crowds, you will not receive virtual access;
- Virtual access will cease when we can accommodate all season ticket holders inside Pittodrie again safely;
- A unique log-in will be issued at least 48 hours before kick-off in the first match. You will also receive a weblink to access the action at this time. At this time you will be required to sign up to the Terms and Conditions for this service;
- Your unique log-in will remain the same for all matches so please keep it safe, this must not under any circumstance be shared with others and will only provide access to one device at a time.
- Please check that the details on your ticketing account are up to date in the meantime as this information will be used to set-up your virtual access.
Passwords and log-in information will follow next week, likely on Thursday, after the season ticket deadline has passed on Wednesday 29th July.
If you haven’t signed-up there is still time to do so and secure access in time for our first league match. Season tickets are now on general sale online 24/7 via afc.co.uk/eTickets, by calling 01224 63 1903 or visiting the Pittodrie Ticket Office Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.
Should you require technical support beyond the information in this document please contact [email protected]
On a related note, we will also have an update on Pay-Per-View access next week but can confirm at this stage that it will be unavailable for our 1st two league matches (Rangers & St Johnstone) as they will be televised by Sky.
Your virtual season ticket will provide access to the Live Broadcast of Scottish Premiership matches included within your Season Ticket for which your Season Ticket is not valid for access to the stadium as a result of such match(es) being played ‘behind closed doors’ or with a reduced capacity as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Sky will continue to broadcast 48 SPFL matches this season.
Season ticket holders will be able to watch ALL of our home league games, live online, at no extra cost for as long as matches are played behind closed doors.
These include any Aberdeen home matches selected for broadcast by Sky.
Ahead of the season starting you will receive a username and password via email from the club depending on the contact information we have for you.
At this time the Club will also provide you with a weblink to access the Live Broadcast. Please take a moment to visit afc.co.uk/eTickets to make sure your contact details are up to date.
Yes. Your details will remain the same throughout the season and cannot be changed, so make sure you keep them safe and private.
No. Do not share your login details. Your virtual season ticket access is the virtual services element of your Season Ticket and, just like your normal Season Ticket, is non-transferable.
Please keep your password safe and do not share these details as it will affect your ability to view the matches.
Yes. Individual login details will be issued to each Season Ticket holder in respect of every individual Dons ID.
No. You cannot watch the Live Broadcast on more than one device at any one time. If you sign into an additional device while logged in on another, you will automatically be logged out of the first device. Likewise, if you share your details and someone tries to login at the same time as you, it will end your Live Broadcast.
If you want to watch the match uninterrupted, please keep your password safe and do not share these details as it will affect your ability to view the matches.
Apple iPads and iPhones: You must have iOS 11.3 or higher installed and you must use Safari to watch the Live Broadcast on Apple devices. Android devices: The live broadcast also works on most modern and up to date Android devices, including tablets, smartphones and Smart TVs.
For more specific information please contact [email protected]
No. The Live Broadcast will not be available through any Freeview, cable or satellite TV channel in the UK or any other country.
Sky will still broadcast 48 SPFL matches throughout the season. All Aberdeen matches will be still available as part of the Virtual Season Ticket even if the match is broadcast on Sky.
No. The Live Broadcast is not available through Sky.
Sky will still broadcast 48 live SPFL matches throughout the season. All Aberdeen home matches will still be available on RedTV as part of your Virtual Season Ticket even if they are being broadcast on Sky.
It will not work on gaming consoles, including XBoxes and PlayStations.
The quality of the Live Broadcast stream will be dependent on the bandwidth and speed of your internet connection.
For the best possible experience, we would recommend using an internet speed of least 5Mbps (please check with your internet provider).
It can help to close other tabs, browsers, and programmes while streaming your content. It may also help to hardwire your Internet connection, instead of using a wireless network connection.
Some corporate networks, firewalls and ad-blocking software may prevent the Live Broadcast from displaying. Please check with your Network Administrator.
Disable any ad-blocking software and you may need to configure your anti-virus software.
No. Please ensure that you are not using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxies as this can cause the Live Broadcast stream not to function.
No. Due to the contractual restrictions placed on the Club by the relevant rights holders, your virtual season ticket will be geo-blocked and only accessible within the UK & Ireland.
If you live outside of the UK & Ireland the best way to watch the games is to subscribe to RedTV International.
The broadcast will become available 60 minutes before kick-off and our new matchday show, will start 30 minutes before kick-off, so for comfort and ease we strongly recommend you login and connect to the Live Broadcast as early as possible during this period.
Yes. You can login at any point after the game has started. However, as the game is live, you can only watch from the time you have logged in and will not be able to rewind to the start of the game.
No. Due to broadcasting restrictions there will be no replay of the matches after the final whistle.
This content will only be accessible for RedTV subscribers.
Your Virtual Season Ticket does not include access to RedTV itself- only the live stream of our Scottish Premiership matches played behind closed doors.
You can still subscribe to RedTV to get access to full pre and post match interviews, replays of games and exclusive interviews from Cormack Park and Pittodrie.
For contractual reasons, the live streams will not be available to RedTV subscribers in GB & Ireland who will instead receive an audio feed of the programme.
To watch the live stream you must have purchased a 2020-21 Season Ticket.
Dave Cormack appeared on BBC Scotland’s The Nine to discuss virtual season tickets, league reconstruction and Jonny Hayes.