Optus reveals EPL pricing: What will you pay?

Alex Kidman 4 May 2016

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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 EPLMinimum monthly costEPL CostMinimum 2 Year Cost
My Basics Bundle$60$15/month$1440 (NBN) $1565 (Cable and Optus DSL Direct)
My Entertainment Bundle$90Included$2160 (NBN, Cable or Optus DSL Direct)
My Entertainment Plus Bundle$120Included$2880 (NBN, Cable or Optus DSL Direct)
My Big Office Bundle$80Included$1920 (NBN, Cable or Optus DSL Direct)
Optus Reach Basics Bundle$90Included$2,285
Optus Reach Entertainment Plus Bundle$120Included$3,005
Optus Reach Big Office Bundle$110Included$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.

You can check the details of Optus’ My Plan Plus postpaid plans here.

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.

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13 Responses to Optus reveals EPL pricing: What will you pay?

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    joe | September 26, 2016

    can I stream EPL on apple mac
    and how do I set it up.

    • Staff
      Chester | September 26, 2016

      Hello Joe!

      Thanks for your question,

      You can stream EPL on Apple TV 4th Gen and above and you would also need to have an Optus postpaid mobile, mobile broadband or home broadband service to get EPL. To stream Optus EPL on your Apple TV, simply search Optus Sport on the App Store and download the first app in the search results. From there, sign in with your Optus login details.

      Let me also add that you can access Optus EPL when you sign up to a broadband My Basics plan, a 24-month My Plan Plus or am $85 My SIM Plan. I would recommend checking out our roundup of Optus EPL eligible plans for more information via this link https://www.finder.com.au/optus-reveals-epl-pricing-what-will-you-pay.

      I hope this helps.

      Thanks,
      Chester

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    connor | September 8, 2016

    My partner has an optus mobile, how do i order a box to watch the epl football?

    • Staff
      Chester | September 9, 2016

      Hello Connor,

      Thanks for your question.

      For you to be able to purchase a Fetch TV box and to be able to watch the epl. You may need to inform you partner to speak with one of the Optus associates via phone, chat or in store as they only allow the Optus account holder to process this request.

      I hope I was able to answer your question.

      Cheers!
      Chester

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    jmitten | July 28, 2016

    Local Optus dealer registered me to receive EPL but never explained how I could access the broadcast?

    JM

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    David | June 6, 2016

    I’m not an OPTUS subscriber but a very keen EPL follower. I note there’s been mention of Apple TV as an option to watch EPL. Do you have any further detail on this please?

    • Staff
      Alex | June 20, 2016

      Hi David,

      Optus has indicated that it will support Apple TV for EPL broadcasts, although it’s not entirely clear from early comments whether that will only be the fourth generation Apple TV or earlier models. You’d still need to be an Optus subscriber, however.

      Regards,

      Alex.

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    | June 1, 2016

    Hi guys,
    Shortly, I will be moving to the Langwarrin area. I am only interested in viewing the EPL in HD in the main TV. What will I need to be able to view the football.
    Kind Regards,
    Michael

    • Staff
      Brodie | July 25, 2016

      Hi Michael,

      You can download the Optus EPL app on Apple TV and Fetch TV.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    Mitch | May 16, 2016

    What if I’m an optus customer who doesn’t have any interest in soccer? Will their prices across the board rise to compensate for their big spend on the EPL?

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    Alex | May 11, 2016

    What will I pay Optus to watch the EPL?
    Nothing. They won’t get a cent of my money. If I have to stream the game over a third rate system (in SD at best), why on earth would I pay $100+ for something the telco can’t actually provide? I may as well use Kodi.

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    Beau | May 4, 2016

    The minimum monthly cost for Optus broadband plans (and 2 year cost) are a little misleading as to obtain these prices you also have to sign up for an Optus mobile contract.
    Without Optus Mobiles the broadband plans are all $20/mth dearer.

    • Staff
      Alex | May 4, 2016

      Hi Beau,

      You’re not wrong that Optus charges more if you’re not an Optus Mobile customer, but that was covered in the paragraph prior to the table: “Here’s 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:”

      I’ve amended the article to make this even more apparent, however.

      Alex.

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