Premier League Returns Live to Optus Sport in 5G World First

Optus Sport has kicked off what it describes as its “biggest 12 months ever” with exclusive coverage of every live match of English Premier League football.

For the first time, every live match will be shown exclusively on Optus Sport. In another first, Optus Sport is also making all 380 games available on-demand this season, including the popular mini matches.

“Having the Australian rights to show every single match of the Premier League exclusively live is an enormous opportunity for Optus Sport,” Optus’ Head of TV and Content, Corin Dimopoulos, said.

“Our suite of exclusively live premium sport content, which also includes the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, notably increases with the renewal of the Premier League this season.

“We are extending our production of mini-matches and highlights, giving our customers the ability to watch Premier League action when they want and how they want so they don’t miss a minute of their team’s action.

This season’s Premier League on Optus Sport will be the first time globally that a 5G mobile network will be used to stream a live Premier League match to football fans.

Optus is starting to roll out its 5G mobile network and while 5G is currently only available in limited areas, it represents a step change in streaming technology as Optus accelerates its 5G roll out.

“Making the Premier League available on Optus Sport through 5G is a world first,” Optus VP, TV, Content & Product Development, Clive Dickens said. “This will be the first of many 5G initiatives we will take at Optus.”

Premier League Director of Broadcasting, Paul Molnar, said: “It is great to see innovation like this by our global broadcasters and we look forward to seeing Optus Sport continue to innovate with its distribution and coverage going forward.”

For the first time, Optus Sport has also revealed its subscribing account base is more than 700,000. Optus Sport is available as an optional extra on eligible Optus plans for no extra cost, or for Optus prepaid customers, a $10 Optus Sport Add On available. Non-Optus customers and Optus customers ineligible for a monthly subscription can subscribe to Optus Sport for AUD$14.99 per month.

All the on-field action will be complemented with a revamp of programming for matchday and beyond, which will include new content such as Scores on Sunday, Matchday Live Extra, The Weekend Review, The Headline Makers, The Watching World, The Big Interview, The Analysis Show and Inside the Premier League.



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