Optus reveals EPL pricing: What will you pay?
If you’re mad keen on English Soccer, here’s what Optus will charge you to watch the 2016/2017 season.
Optus caused a major stir when it announced it had picked up the rights to the English Premier League for the 2016/2017 season, outlining plans to a distinct 24/7 streaming channel for its customers to provide coverage, as well as a new set top box (separate from its existing commitment to Fetch TV). What it did not disclose until today was how much you’d pay for your football fix if EPL is your sport of choice.
Optus EPL: What will I pay on broadband?
Pricing varies by the type of connection you have. For broadband customers, the EPL will be available for no extra charge if your existing plan costs $85 or month. Under Optus’ current broadband pricing schedules, that means that only one consumer plan, My Basics Bundle, doesn’t qualify for free EPL coverage. If you’re on the My Basics Bundle, you’ll pay $15 per month for EPL access, although small businesses on the My Big Office Bundle will get it included despite being marginally cheaper per month. (Optus updated its broadband pricing earlier this week.)
Here are the minimum amounts you’ll pay for each Optus broadband pricing tier, presuming you’re also bundling with an existing Optus mobile account as well:
|Optus EPL||Minimum monthly cost||EPL Cost||Minimum 2 Year Cost|
|My Basics Bundle||$60||$15/month||$1440 (NBN) $1565 (Cable and Optus DSL Direct)|
|My Entertainment Bundle||$90||Included||$2160 (NBN, Cable or Optus DSL Direct)|
|My Entertainment Plus Bundle||$120||Included||$2880 (NBN, Cable or Optus DSL Direct)|
|My Big Office Bundle||$80||Included||$1920 (NBN, Cable or Optus DSL Direct)|
|Optus Reach Basics Bundle||$90||Included||$2,285|
|Optus Reach Entertainment Plus Bundle||$120||Included||$3,005|
|Optus Reach Big Office Bundle||$110||Included||$2,640|
For non-Optus mobile customers, each of these tiers is $20/month more expensive. The Basics Bundle and Reach Basics Bundle do not include a Fetch TV device, but Optus will support app and website streaming for those customers who don’t take up a Fetch TV box.
If you’re an Optus Satellite customer, EPL service will be made available to you for an additional $20 per month, plus a one-off $250 installation fee.
Optus EPL: What about mobile customers?
In the mobile space, Optus will offer EPL packages to postpaid mobile customers on 24-month contract My Plan Plus tiers. With the $40, $60 and $80 contract plans you’ll pay an additional $15 per month for EPL access, while the existing $100 and $120 tiers, as well as a new $85 tier set to launch on 15 May, will have EPL access included. Critically, direct EPL coverage will be quota-free on Optus postpaid mobiles, so you won't chew up your data watching video. (Optus' announcement does note that this doesn’t include data used for analytics and advertising.)
Optus will also launch the Fetch Mini device for postpaid customers. It’s essentially a streaming device for TVs that will cost $5/month if you’re keen. We enquired with Optus as to what this meant for customers with, say, Google's Chromecast or Apple TV devices, but they stated they have no announcements to make at this stage for device casting. The Fetch Mini operates on top of an EPL-qualifying plan, so you can't score EPL simply for $5/month with it.
Update: Optus will also allow customers to access EPL on a month-to-month basis with a SIM-only $85 plan set to launch on 15 May. Optus has clarified to finder.com.au that the $85 Sim-only plan is the only month to month plan that will qualify for EPL coverage, with other SIM-only monthly tiers not eligible in any way for coverage.
What about prepaid or home wireless Optus customers?
Sorry, you’re not part of Optus’ plans, at least at the moment, with no announced plans to make EPL packages available to prepaid or home wireless customers. This also extends to older postpaid customers, so if you’re sitting on a grandfathered postpaid plan, you’d need to switch up to the new plans to get EPL coverage.
I’m not an Optus customer! How can I get my EPL fix?
Signing up the EPL rights was always a customer acquisition strategy for Optus, so it’s not entirely shocking that if you want personal access to the EPL via Optus, you’d need to sign up to some kind of contract with them.
For what it’s worth, Optus states that the Fetch Mini will work on any broadband network, so the simplest access method would be to add the cost of that to an existing eligible Postpaid Optus plan and get EPL access for (effectively) $5 per month as long as it’s already on the EPL-provided tier.
Optus also notes that it’s open to approaches from broadcast venues interested in the EPL, so if all else fails, the local pub might be your best bet.