This is how you’ll watch the EPL with Optus

Nick Broughall 20 June 2016

Optus EPL devices

As kick off for the 2016/17 season of the EPL approaches, we take a look at how Optus plans to deliver a 24/7 football fix to customers.

On 4 July, Optus will officially switch on its Optus Sport service, offering eligible Optus customers access to the country’s first dedicated 24/7 football channel delivered via the Internet. While the major selling point is going to be the complete English Premier League season that starts on 13 August, Optus has also obtained the rights to highlights and a large portion of the International Champions Cup which kicks off on July 22, ensuring plenty of exciting content for fans once the station goes live.

Optus Sport marks the first time that a local provider has made a major sporting competition available exclusively online, with every match available to watch live across a multitude of devices.

The core access point will be a dedicated app for iOS (8.0 and above) or Android (4.4 and above) Optus customers, with a dedicated web portal for PC or Mac based browsers. For those wanting a big-screen experience there will also be a dedicated app for the 4th generation Apple TV, plus apps for the Optus TV with Fetch box and Fetch Mini. The iOS app will also support Airplay for those with older Apple TV devices. Our demonstration of the service was via an iPhone with an HDMI to Lightning cable, which suggests this will also be a feasible option for Optus customers.

For remote customers, Optus is also offering a dedicated satellite service that includes a Fetch-like box that can exclusively access the EPL.

Four devices can be linked to each Optus Sport account, though you can only stream to a single device at any one time.

Live and let live

According to Optus, the most important element when building the new football portal was the access to live matches. The driving force behind the entire app’s user experience is making it “one tap to live”.

The top of the app houses a featured content carousel. This will highlight every live match about to happen, and selecting it will immediately kick off the live stream. The emphasis will definitely be on Live and most recent matches, though there is scope to highlight recent episodes of the 24/7 channel’s shows or big news stories.

Below the carousel, a tabbed menu lets users select from Matches, Fixtures, Table, Results and News. All data into the app is fed live, with matches available to watch on demand a minute after the game finishes.

By default though Optus will hide match results, allowing users to watch the game at their leisure, without fear of spoilers. Viewers accessing matches via the web will be able to browse match highlights from the video’s timeline scrubber at the bottom of the screen, although again that can be switched off to avoid spoilers.

For occasions when multiple games are being played at the same time, Optus also enables multi-screen support, with a smaller, picture-in-picture window allowing viewers to watch two games simultaneously.

24/7 experience

In addition to the live streaming of matches and the immediate catch up opportunities, Optus has also created the country’s first 24/7 football channel.

To populate the channel 24 hours a day, Optus is bringing a range of original shows to the platform. Previews, match analysis and highlights will naturally all play a part on this channel, but Optus is focused on using this original programming to create a destination for football fans.
There will be EPL news programs twice daily and a 90 minute daily show running Monday to Friday called Football Daily.

In addition, Optus is working hard on fan engagement, with two 60-minute shows live daily that will allow fans to call into the studio to ask questions, comment on games and interact with the show’s presenters.

And because everything is streamed via the internet, all shows are available in both linear format on the 24 hour channel and on demand.

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38 Responses to This is how you’ll watch the EPL with Optus

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    Joshua | August 28, 2016

    How do I watch the premier league on my PlayStation 4?

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      Brodie | August 29, 2016

      Hi Joshua,

      Currently, the EPL app is currently not available on consoles. It is available through Apple TV, Fetch TV, iPhone, iPad and Google Play (Android).

      If you’re already an Optus customer, I would recommend considering the Fetch TV Mini for an extra $5 per month.


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    Velice | August 19, 2016

    I would like to register for the EPL. What is the site?

    • Staff
      Brodie | August 22, 2016

      Hi there Velice.

      To register for EPL, you need an eligible Optus plan. Check here for eligible plans and pricing.


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    MCW | August 14, 2016

    What are my options for subscribing via smart tv (samsung) or Apple TV to watch EPL on my TV? For example when I go into Apps on my TV I nothing registers for the Optus search. Help asap.

    • Staff
      Brodie | August 15, 2016

      Hi MCW,

      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.


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    Baffled | August 14, 2016

    I am on cable internet with underground electricity and phone lines so no Optus cable for us. I have the latest version of Apple TV so which Optus plan do I need for EPL on demand?

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    John | August 13, 2016

    Hi, i currently have Foxtel and id like to know how i can watch the EPL as my wife wants to retain Foxtel for many reasons. Is there an app i can purchase to load onto my Samsung Smart TV? i need to watch games live and appreciate your help



    • Staff
      Brodie | August 15, 2016

      Hi John,

      Are you or anyone in your household currently on a mobile or broadband plan by Optus? Unfortunately, the only way to access Optus EPL in Australia is to sign up to a broadband plan, 24-month mobile plan or $85 My SIM Plan with Optus.

      Check out our full roundup of Optus plans that are eligible for EPL.


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      | August 15, 2016

      Hi, thanks for the reply. My Son is signing up his mobile plan with Optus. Does this mean we can then download the App on our Samsung TV and use optus log in to watch games? Also, if i purchase the 85 My SIM Plan with Optus is that all i require to log on to watch games? How does that work?

      Appreciate your help.


    • Staff
      Brodie | August 15, 2016

      Hi John,

      According to Optus, they are working on bringing the Optus Sport/EPL app to Smart TVs, but it’s not currently available. Currently, you can stream Optus EPL through iPhone, Android Smartphone, iPad, Android Tablet, PC, Mac, Apple TV and Fetch.

      Optus allows you to add a Fetch TV Mini to your SIM only plan for an extra $5 per month.

      Let me know if you have any more questions,

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    Marilyn | August 11, 2016

    Will I be able to Stream the EPL On Demand via my mini Optus box and, if so, how do I go about it.

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    salmoj | August 7, 2016

    I don’t want an optus plan
    I would like to pay for epl only is that possible?

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    Mike | August 6, 2016

    Do i pay for data when i am watching the english football? I have a $5.00 per month fetch box.

    • Staff
      Chester | August 11, 2016

      Hello Mike,

      Thanks for your question.

      The data won’t be counted when watching EPL. The $5 per month is the Fetch mini service. Its a small set top box allowing customers to watch streamed content (including Free to Air) on a wide screen TV. If you link the broadband service with Optus, the data usage generated by the purchase and/or download of other content via the service will be zero rated.

      I hope this helps.


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    Rob | July 30, 2016

    I recently signed up to Optus purely for the EPL whilst I’m backpacking here in Aus, but the app won’t download on my UK devices. Iv changed addresses and payment methods on Google Play but still no luck. Any suggestions? And we don’t have a TV in our place either annoyingly.

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    | July 24, 2016

    So, I wish to have the same access, including ability to record and HD for the epl, are you telling me that I cannot do this unless I am willing to go to great expenses.

    I already have a fetch box from iiNet, I have a 3rd generation Apple TV and iPhone/iPad. Should I change the iPad to Optus? Should I change my home to Optus?…

    I just want to watch football in my time in H:. Is this going to be possible?

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