SBS takes extra games from World Cup partner Optus after further problems

The streaming problems have become a nightmare for Optus and have attracted the interest even of the PM.

After continuing problems with its World Cup streaming service, Optus has given SBS more games to show on FTA as a make-good while Optus attempts to deliver what it promised to all customers.

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The four new games were Sweden and Korea on Monday night at 10pm and Belgium and Panama at 1am Tuesday.

Two other matches are also part of the offer:

• Poland v Senegal (Wednesday 1am)
• Russia v Egypt (Wednesday 4am)

SBS altered its schedule quickly to accommodate the Monday night match and presented its own pre-game show instead of taking the Optus pre-game programming.

The Optus streaming problems have become a nightmare for Optus and have attracted the interest even of the Prime Minister with Malcolm Turnbull tweeting yesterday:

“I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention and he believes it will be fixed this evening.”

Optus has also made Fetch mini set-top boxes available free of charge for customers so they could watch the World Cup via Fetch instead of streaming on the Optus app on a mobile device.

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