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Optus extends English EPL broadcast rights in announcement which impacts World Cup coverage

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30th April, 2018
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Get ready for more English Premier League streaming, because Optus Sport has confirmed on Tuesday morning they have secured broadcast rights to the biggest football league on the planet for the next three seasons.

The current deal, which was set to expire at the end of the 2017-18 season, has received plenty of criticism from fans for everything from streaming quality to the fact only Optus customers could access the EPL, but the new deal will take their contract through to the end of the 2020-21 season.

In a major victory for fans, Optus have announced their premium sports package will for the first time be available to non-Optus customers.

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For $15 per month, subscribers will be able to get the full Optus Sport offering which includes all 64 games of the upcoming FIFA World Cup. In contrast, SBS will only show one match per day (including all Socceroos matches) and the final stages of the tournament on free-to-air TV, which was seen as a major kick in the face for football fans in Australia.

The direct-to-customer subscription service will be launched later this month and is set to be available through both the Apple and Google Play store for essentially $15 per month.

While it’ll be too late for the current EPL season, which only has two weeks remaining, the service will be up in time for the World Cup.

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Optus CEO Allen Lew told the press it continued to show the transformation of Optus into a multi-media provider.

“This shows our long-term commitment to provide exclusive premium content and our transition to be a multi-media entertainment provider.”

The FIFA World Cup gets underway on June 14, while the 2018-19 EPL season – the first to be broadcast under the new deal – will commence in August.