Optus unveils plans for the English Premier League

Optus to launch Australia’s first ever 24/7 football channel exclusively for the EPL with up to 10 sub-channels, which will carried on Optus TV with Fetch.

To coincide with the plans SBS revealed regarding English Premier League and FIFA World Cup football, Optus has also released details of its package for football fans which includes a 24/7 football channel.

Here is the Optus release in full:

Optus Secures Football Partnership with SBS for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Optus has unveiled plans to expand its football offering with the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In a significant milestone for Australian sports fans, SBS will sub-licence the FIFA World Cup to Optus.

Optus will transmit live all 64 matches of the 2018 Men’s World Cup, as well as other FIFA events including the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup over a range of TV and internet-enabled devices.

Bringing fans closer to all the EPL action

Optus has also announced plans to deliver an amazing viewing experience for Australian EPL fans, with the 2016/17 season to be broadcast across a range of television, mobile, online, and out-of- home viewing platforms, including:

•  Australia’s first ever 24/7 football channel dedicated exclusively to the English Premier League, and carried on Optus’ subscription TV platform, Optus TV with Fetch. With up to ten sub-channels, Optus will accommodate every match of every round live, so fans never miss a minute of the action on match day

•  A mini set-top box device which allows mobile customers an entertainment experience on their TV screen, via Optus TV with Fetch. It includes access to 35 premium entertainment channels, and the ability to pause and rewind the action

•  An Optus EPL App for mobile and tablet devices, giving customers access to Optus’ 24/7 EPL channel with un-metered mobile and fixed broadband streaming of live games. The Optus EPL App will be progressively offered via selected media TV player devices and Smart TVs

•  Optus’ EPL website which will feature live matches for subscribers, as well as news and exclusive content

•  A free-to-air sub-licence which will see one match per round broadcast live on SBS for the next three seasons

•  The Optus satellite broadcast platform for customers who either can’t access Optus’ broadband services, or can’t get High Definition content via their broadband service. The satellite service will also deliver live games via Optus’ EPL channel to commercial premises, including pubs and clubs.

Allen Lew, chief executive officer at Optus said, “With Optus, football fans are spoiled for choice. As the only telco in Australia to own and operate network infrastructure across all three mobile, fixed and satellite platforms, we are in a unique position to deliver the English Premier League and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to more Australians, in more ways than ever before.

“Broadcast has been a key part of our services since the inception of Optus’ satellite business. We have developed rich expertise in broadcasting and have a long history in delivering high quality live broadcasts via our satellite fleet.”

Get more EPL News and Analysis than ever before

Optus’ 24/7 dedicated EPL channel will give fans access to the most insightful and comprehensive match coverage, EPL news and analysis ever offered in Australia, including:

• Brand new pre and post-match magazine shows and game-day analysis live from the UK, including Matchday Live, Football Today and Kick Off

• New daily EPL news programming and interactive shows such as Fanzone

• A full suite of English Premier League-produced programs including World, Netbusters and the Saturday and Sunday Review shows

• On-ground match analysis and reports provided by the Premier League’s own pool of experts.

Register your interest

EPL will be available exclusively to Optus customers. Full pricing details will be unveiled mid-year.

EPL fans, pubs and clubs, and other venues that are interested in accessing EPL can register their interest for EPL updates including news, offers, pricing and technical support at http://www.optus.com.au/epl.

Enhanced Network Experience

Optus has invested more than $1 billion annually over the past ten years to build faster, stronger and more resilient networks, capable of delivering an exceptional experience for data-hungry customers who love to stream content.

Optus’ ongoing network investment program is yielding results with the performance of its mobile and fixed networks recognised through independent testing, including:

•  The Netflix Internet Service Provider Index has ranked Optus’ fixed networks as the best for prime-time streaming for the last six consecutive months

• Optus has delivered the fastest streaming experience for Stan customers for the last five consecutive months. (October 2015 – February 2016)** The P3 Comms Day Benchmark has ranked Optus’ mobile network as the best along major roads and highways.

“In 2016, we will deliver a range of game-changing entertainment experiences for customers, using network technology, innovative content delivery platforms and our growing line-up of sport and content partnerships,” Lew said.

Source: Optus

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