OPTUS EXTENDS PREMIER LEAGUE RIGHTS AND OPENS UP OPTUS SPORT AHEAD OF THE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP TM TO ALL AUSTRALIAN VIEWERS
Optus has today announced it will continue to be the Australian home of elite international football, having extended its relationship for exclusive Australian rights to the Premier League for a further three seasons, commencing in August 2019.
This includes exclusive live coverage on Optus Sport for every Premier League match, and full on-demand, replay and short form rights for all 380 matches from 2019 to 2022.
Optus CEO Allen Lew said, “One of the great things about Australian football fans is their passion for the sport, and we’re elated to extend our Premier League broadcast rights for another three seasons. This shows our long-term commitment to provide exclusive premium content and our transition to be a multi-media entertainment provider. Fans have shown that they love what we are doing in bringing the best club competition in the world to Australia and we look forward to taking it to the next level over the next four years.”
Executive Chairman at the Premier League, Richard Scudamore said, “We are very pleased that Optus has again chosen to invest in our rights in Australia and will exclusively broadcast the Premier League for the next four seasons.
“Optus is an excellent partner for the League and we look forward to continuing to work with them to make available the best possible Premier League content to fans across the country.”
Optus Sport Going OTT
As excitement about the 2018 FIFA World CupTM intensifies, Optus has separately announced a new direct-to-consumer subscription option for all Australian viewers to access Optus Sport, which will be the only place to watch all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World CupTM.
From later this month, Optus Sport will be available for the first time to non-Optus customers and Optus customers who were previously not eligible, for $14.99 per month via Google Play and the Apple App Store. This is a significant step in the evolution of premium sport in Australia and will allow all football fans the opportunity to experience all that Optus Sport has to offer on a month to month basis.
All subscribers will be able to access all of Optus Sport’s 2018 FIFA World CupTM coverage, including two 24/7 channels, all 64 matches both live and on-demand and Optus Sport’s entire array of dedicated World Cup programming, as well as all other sports programming on Optus Sport.
Eligible Optus customers will continue to be able to enjoy access to all Optus Sport content.
2018 FIFA World CupTM Programming Highlights
“We’ve made sure every single match played in the 2018 FIFA World CupTM receives dedicated pre and post-game analysis and both live and on-demand viewing options,” Mr Lew said.
“As a bonus for fans, Optus has assembled an expert team of analysts comprised of international and national talent who will be based in Russia and Sydney and will produce and deliver five hours of dedicated programming every match day during the tournament. These teams will be led by former Socceroo Mark Schwarzer and Optus Sport’s Richard Bayliss, and will provide a unique insight into events throughout the whole tournament.
Throughout the tournament Optus Sport will be the only place Australian viewers can watch all 64 games live. Within this, 39 matches will be only available live and exclusive through Optus Sport, including all of Lionel Messi’s Argentinean team group stage matches.
Optus Sport subscribers will also be able to enjoy live on air content every matchday with pre-game shows, full match coverage and daily highlights produced by the Optus Sport production team.
Some of the best matches exclusive to Optus Sport that are being played during the tournament include:
Egypt v Uruguay on 15 June at 10pm AEST featuring the incomparable Egyptian striker Mo Salah who has lit up the Premier League this year
All three of Argentina’s pool matches, v Iceland on 16 June, v Croatia on 23 June, and v Nigeria on 28 June - meaning Lionel Messi fans will be glued to Optus Sport
Brazil’s first game v Switzerland on 18 June which promises to be one of the key matches in the group stage
Croatia v Nigeria on 17 June
Australia’s two Group C rivals Peru and Denmark playing each other on 17 June; and
South Korea playing Sweden at 10pm AEST on 18 June.
Optus Sport App
The Optus Sport App will provide people with greater flexibility to connect with the 2018 FIFA World CupTM whether at home or on the go.
“We’ve optimised the App to be compatible with all major smartphones, as well as web browsers, Apple TV and Chromecast, offering a truly flexible viewing experience. Additional features include Start Over, meaning if you’ve missed the start of a live match you can simply select the start over option and jump straight back to the start of the match.”
The sporting entertainment doesn’t end at the World Cup, with Optus Sport subscriptions thereafter providing access to all of Optus Sport’s exclusive content, which continues with the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season in August 2018.
“As a leading content provider in Australian sport, we’ve made the decision to give everyone the opportunity to subscribe to Optus Sport and experience the state-of-the art sport coverage and insights we have available to our Optus customers,” Mr Lew added.
To find out more about Optus Sport people can visit https://sport.optus.com.au/
Optus Sport will shortly announce its full array of World Cup programming, on-air talent and programming line-up.
Optus secures rights to UEFA Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup
Optus has again demonstrated its commitment to becoming the home of premium football following its acquisition of Australian broadcast and transmission rights to the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup for the next three years.
The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious international club competition in the world and Optus Sport will show every match live starting with the play-offs this August, followed by all group stage matches live, starting in September 2018 and continuing through until the final in 2019.
26 teams have already qualified with the remaining six teams still competing to be included in the final draw. The 2018/19 tournament will feature last year’s winner Real Madrid, Premier League winners Manchester City, the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League runners-up Liverpool, La Liga champions Barcelona and Italian Serie A winners Juventus.
Meanwhile, the 2018/19 Europa League will feature a range of top ranked club teams including Chelsea and Arsenal. The competition format will also see teams that finish third in the UCL Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League be given a second chance in the round of 32 in the Europa League.
Plus, Optus Sport will also show live and exclusive the UEFA Super Cup on August 16 (August 17 in Australia) between the winners of last season’s Europa League Atletico Madrid and the winners of the Champions League Real Madrid.
These announcements mean Optus Sport will now offer an enormous range of premium European football, including the live Australian rights to:
• Premier League 2018/19 -2021/22
• FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 and other FIFA events
• UEFA Nations League 2018 and 2020
• UEFA Euro 2020
• UEFA Super Cup 2018-2020
• UEFA Champions League 2018/19- 2020/21
• UEFA Nations League Final 2019 and 2021
• UEFA Europa League 2018/19- 2020/21
• European Qualifiers for Euro 2020
• European Qualifiers for 2022 FIFA World Cup
• Selected international friendlies played in Europe by UEFA teams 2018-2022
Optus Managing Director Marketing and Product Ben White said, “This is an incredibly exciting time for Optus as we continue to build upon our strategy of delivering elite international football and exclusive content for customers.
“Adding these tournaments and elite football matches to Optus Sport provides our customers with more than double the live premium football content compared to this time last year.”
UEFA Director of Marketing Guy-Laurent Epstein added, “We are excited to partner with Optus in the territory of Australia.
“Optus has proven its dedication to football in recent years, acquiring a considerable portfolio of premium footballing content.
“We look forward to seeing the way in which Optus builds the UEFA club competition brands in the territory and makes the competitions available for fans in Australia.”
Over the next 12 months the programming slate for Optus Sport now includes every match of the Premier League season, every match of the UEFA Champions League, the new UEFA Nations League, every match of the UEFA Europa League, the first ever Nations League finals tournament and every match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
“We have a clear vision for Optus Sport and our newly acquired rights highlight our confidence in our platforms as well as our production and approach,” Mr White said.
“We are fully committed to our long-term strategy of delivering must-have exclusive content for customers and will continue to build our credentials of delivering an excellent viewing experience for customers across the Optus Sport platforms.”
Optus continues to provide Optus Sport to all Australians at no cost until August 31, 2018.