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Sports coverage has changed a lot in recent years. Pay TV used to be the only way to watch your favourite teams play live from the comfort of your couch, but now we're seeing far more options. Not just in the free-to-air market but through Netflix-like sports streaming services, too. Optus is one of the biggest Aussie companies to throw its hat into this ring, partnering with the English Premier League to offer exclusive coverage online through Optus Sport.
What is Optus Sport?
Optus Sport combines live and on-demand streams of the latest EPL matches with dedicated 24/7 programming featuring news, interviews and exclusive insights from football experts. At a fraction of the cost of a Foxtel subscription, Optus Sport is a strong contender in the sports coverage game. It's also a worthy competitor for Kayo Sports among football fans.
Using the Optus Sport app and an Optus Sport subscription users can enjoy the full Premier League experience at home and on the go, in addition to some extra football coverage. You can watch all the live and on-demand action you can manage on a wide range of devices, from smartphones to the big screen.
What is on Optus Sport?
- English Premier League
- UEFA EURO 2020
- European qualifiers
- UEFA Nations League
- Selected international friendlies played in Europe by UEFA teams
- FA Women's Super League
- 2020 FIFA Club World Cup
With live streams of all matches of the current EPL season, Optus Sport has plenty to offer EPL fans. Whether you're at home or on the go, you'll have access to all the latest news, live streams and full-match replays on a wide range of mobile and non-mobile devices.
For even more insight into the league, you can stream a dedicated 24/7 EPL channel hosted by a team of Premier League experts anytime. Find out more about the EPL on Optus Sport in our guide to streaming the English Premier League online.
Optus Sport also offers coverage of UEFA Euro 2020 in addition to streaming the European qualifiers.
The platform broadcasts special events as well. Optus Sport is set to stream the 2020 Olympics in Australia in partnership with Seven (a deal exclusive for Optus 5G users with Fetch) and held the rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Finally, subscribers can also stream classic matches and watch original documentaries.
Does Optus Sport have a free trial?
Optus Sport used to offer a 14-day trial, which is sadly no longer available. Instead, it now offers a free tier of access that includes a limited range of highlights and interviews. Occasionally Optus Sport will offer a Free Seat Match, which is a specifically selected game made available to anyone.
How much does Optus Sport cost?
Optus Sport was originally only available to Optus customers, but it has since opened up subscriptions to any Australians willing to pay the entry fee.
Subscriptions to Optus Sport cost $14.99/month, payable directly through the Optus Sport app on iTunes or Google Play. Existing Optus customers can choose instead to add an Optus Sport subscription onto their plan for the same $14.99/month.
Alternatively, certain Optus mobile and Internet plans come with an Optus Sport subscription bundled in at no extra cost.
Optus Sport video quality
The video quality on Optus Sport is set to a maximum of 720p, which can seem disappointing to certain consumers, especially with Foxtel offering sports content in 4K quality.
However, Optus Sport says that users will be able to watch the majority of EURO 2020, select live matches from the EPL in 4K Ultra HD on a compatible device starting in 2020.
The downside? This will be exclusive for Optus 5G home customers.
What is Optus Sport Free Seat?
For the 2019/20 season, Optus Sport offered 30 selected UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches for free, no subscription necessary.
Users could simply download the app or access the Optus Sport website, look for the Free Seat Match icon and start watching.
Optus Sport devices
Optus Sport can be accessed from a wide range of devices. Check out the complete list below:
What other features does Optus Sport offer?
Optus Sport lets you watch content both live and on demand. If you tune in late, you can still join the live stream. Besides football matches, you can access news, highlights, interviews and bonus content like documentaries.
The platform also offers Mini Matches, which deliver the highlights in around 20 minutes. Mini Classics are also available and the same principle applies, but for matches from previous seasons.
How does Optus Sport compare?
Optus Sport isn't the only sports streaming service available in Australia. If you're looking to expand your horizons, check out some sports streaming alternatives.
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