Optus Sport to broadcast select UEFA games through YouTube and Twitter
10 UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches will stream through YouTube and Twitter between February and April 2019.
Standalone sports streaming service Optus Sport had a rough debut when it came off the bench in 2018 with the massive task of delivering the 2018 FIFA World Cup to Australians.
The rookie platform took a dive early on in the competition when the colossal demand crashed the app on the first night of coverage, leaving many paying customers feeling a little foul. Four days later, Optus Sport took a knee and decided to offer the remainder of the FIFA World Cup for free.
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Despite this, football continues to be the "biggest drivers of conversation on Twitter in Australia", according to Twitter Australia's head of sports partnerships, Olly Wilton. And YouTube's Andrew Paterson has nothing but good things to say about Optus Sport's YouTube presence, commending the telco for "establishing its YouTube channel as the home for European football highlights".
Now in 2019, both YouTube and Twitter are partnering with Optus Sport to broadcast select UEFA games over each platform.
Between February and April 2019, 2 Champion League matches from round of 16 and 2 games from the quarter-finals will be broadcast live over YouTube while 2 Europa League matches from round of 32, 2 from round of 16 and 2 from the quarter-finals will be streamed over Twitter.
That's 10 matches in total streamed for free over the course of two months.
The rest of the matches will be exclusive to paying customers of Optus Sport's paid service, which comes in at $14.99 per month.
More details about the matches streamed over each platform will become available post-draw but in the meantime, here's a recap of what will be streamed for nix:
|Competition||Match||Date and time||Where to stream|
|UEFA Champions League Round of 16||Tottenham v Dortmund||7:00am AEDT 14 February 2019||YouTube|
|UEFA Champions League Round of 16||Real Madrid v Ajax||7:00am AEDT 6 March 2019||YouTube|
|UEFA Europa League Round of 32||Malmo v Chelsea||7:00am AEDT 15 February 2019|
|UEFA Europa League Round of 32||Valencia v Celtic||4:55am AEDT 22 February 2019|
|UEFA Europa League Round of 16||TBA||8 March 2019|
|UEFA Europa League Round of 16||TBA||15 March 2019|
|UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals||TBA||10/11 April 2019||YouTube|
|UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals||TBA||17/18 April 2019||YouTube|
|UEFA Europa League Quarter-finals||TBA||12 April 2019|
|UEFA Europa League Quarter-finals||TBA||19 April 2019|
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