Optus Sport – you’ve probably heard of it, but what is it, how much does it cost and where can you get it? Optus caused controversy when it secured the rights to English Premier League soccer, but in the years since, fans seem to have approved of the telco giant’s own sports streaming service. So if you want to jump on the Manchester United bandwagon this season, Optus Sport may be one of your best options. Review compatible broadband and mobile phone plans, pricing and more below.
What is Optus Sport?
Optus Sport is a streaming video on demand (SVOD) service developed by Optus, one of Australia’s largest telcos. With Optus Sport you can:
- Watch English Premier League soccer and the FA Cup. All EPL matches are available to be streamed live.
- The 2018 FIFA World Cup will also be streamed.
- Ashes Cricket and Big Bash League are also available.
Optus Sport is only available to Optus customers, which means you’ll need an eligible home internet or postpaid mobile phone plan from the telco to gain access. Optus customers will also be able to stream data-free, meaning it won’t count towards your monthly data allowance – particularly important when you watch on your mobile.
How much does Optus Sport cost?
Optus Sport comes included on eligible home broadband, mobile broadband and postpaid mobile phone plans. As you must be an Optus customer, many plans are covered here, but if your plan is not, you can still subscribe to Optus Sport for an extra $15 a month.
How can I watch Optus Sport & English Premier League?
Optus Sport is available to watch through Android and iOS apps, as well as on Mac and PC through the online login. Other methods are available:
- ‘Yes TV’ by Fetch
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
This makes it a viable solution if you like to watch EPL on the big screen, instead of on a small computer or mobile screen.
Mobile Phone Plans with Optus Sport
- Plans start at $30, which comes with unlimited calls & texts, as well as 3GB data. Optus Sport is streamed data-free.
However, for those looking for a new phone, Optus has quite competitive iPhone X deals, which include a lot more for the price you pay.
- iPhone X plans start at $45 a month plus $45 for the phone repayment, totalling $90 a month.
Optus has a very large selection of postpaid mobile phone plans, and there is one to suit most budgets and needs. The low entry price of $30 a month may be well worth paying if you’re an avid EPL fan.
Broadband Plans with Optus Sport
Most home broadband plans are eligible, and include Optus Sport, as well as Fetch TV, at no extra cost. Otherwise, a number of base NBN and ADSL plans are available with unlimited data from $60 a month. Spending $15 a month on Optus Sport may still be worthwhile.
- NBN Tier 2 comes on plans $80 and up as standard, with speed boosts from $15 a month.
Month-to-month plans are also available but Optus charges a set-up fee of $200 for the privilege. Still it may be worth choosing flexibility. In any sense there is strong incentive here to spend a little extra and choose a faster NBN plan with entertainment included.
Mobile Broadband Plans with Optus Sport
Let’s not forget about mobile broadband for those tablet users out there. Even on the train catching up on work emails, you can procrastinate and stream the latest games.
- Postpaid mobile broadband plans over $30 often include Optus Sport, and come on a 12 month contract. The $35 plan comes with 15GB, and of course, Optus Sport is unmetered which may mean your data can be stretched further.
Unfortunately, home wireless broadband plans currently do not include Optus Sport. In any case, Optus packs quite a bit in with its mobile broadband plans, and having Optus Sport streamed data-free is a nice cherry on top.
Is Optus Sport worth the hype?
Optus Sport is the only mainstream way to get access to all EPL games in Australia, so for this reason alone the price and exclusivity to Optus customers may be well worth it. If you’re not an Optus customer but a massive soccer fan, it may even be worth jumping over to Optus. But make sure you’re getting a good phone or internet package as well.
- For customers on ineligible phone and internet plans, the $15 monthly cost is fairly reasonable to pay and is comparable to other streaming services.
- However, there is strong incentive to find a compatible plan as it is streamed data-free, meaning mobile customers can take their data further.
Optus has made a very savvy move with securing the rights to EPL, as it means non-Optus customers miss out on all the action. In any case, Optus has some competitive broadband, NBN, mobile phone and mobile broadband plans, so switching to the telco isn’t exactly a chore. But is it worth switching just for Optus Sport? That’s one for you to decide! How much does EPL soccer and cricket mean to you?