Optus lines up mobile data-free streaming for tennis, Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games

Alex Kidman 15 December 2017 NEWS

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No data charges for streaming with Seven's new sports apps.

Australians love sports with a passion. That's in no way news, but in recent years there's been an explosion in interest from telcos snapping up sports rights so that we can all get our fix on mobile devices. Telstra's already locked up AFL, NRL and Netball, but Optus has been no slouch in this area having spent up big to lock up the English Premier League rights. However, sometimes you don't need to lock up an event to offer it to customers with an embedded bonus.

Optus has announced a partnership with Channel Seven that will allow Optus Mobile Postpaid customers to stream selected Channel Seven sporting events without incurring additional data charges.

In order to serve up specific events, Channel Seven will launch three new Android and iOS apps to deliver content, available from 18 December 2017.

The 7Tennis app will provide coverage of the 2018 Australian Open Tennis, Olympics on 7 will cover the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and 7Comm Games will broadcast the 2018 Commonwealth Games from Brisbane.

In terms of specific access, you'll score data-free access if you're on a 24-month My Plan Plus or My Plan Flex contract, or on any 12 month My Plan Plus SIM Only plan.

Optus Mobile Broadband customers on a $35 or above plan with Mobile TV Streaming included will also be able to access Seven's events without charge.

If you're confused about your eligibility, Optus states that existing post-paid customers can check through the existing My Optus app. The deal does not include any Optus prepaid customers.

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