If you ever followed Tim Cahill’s Chinese soccer exploits, you may want to feast your eyes at this new mobile deal.
OVO Mobile, an Optus network reseller, has announced it will offer free streaming of the Chinese Super League on a three-year deal.
This deal adds to a bevy of sports streaming in the ‘OVOPlay’ app, adding to badminton, gymnastics, water polo, ACT rugby and even more.
In a move designed to cater towards Chinese expats, OVO Mobile has said that all matches in the 16-team league will be aired live through the app, with commentary available in Mandarin and English.
“As the Chinese Super League has grown and spread internationally, especially over the past few years, the audience of fans in Australia has grown with it. We have every confidence that that audience will boom in numbers now that the competition is finally available online in this country,” said OVO’s CEO Matt Jones.
In addition to games, content will include a weekly 30-minute magazine show, as well as highlights.
According to the telco, there are more than 1.2 million Chinese Australians, with 5.6 per cent of the population identifying as having Chinese ancestry.
OVO’s deal will initially be delivered for free via the app, with additional subscription and pay-per-view tiers added in 2019.
“With this deal, we’re able to make one of the world’s most popular sporting competitions available in real time, on mobile – which we also know is fast becoming the first screen for sport fans,” Mr Jones said.
The Chinese Super League is one of the most-attended domestic professional sports leagues in the world, with an average attendance of about 24,000. In comparison, NRL’s average attendance is just over 15,000 and AFL’s is about 35,000.
OVO’s deal will broadcast the league’s remaining matches of the 2018 season, with each team playing 30 games in a season spanning from February or March through to November or December.
Tim Cahill played for Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou Greentown during his 18-month spell in China.
OVO is a prepaid operator using the Optus network. It provides mobile plans from as little as around $10 for 30 days.
How do I stream soccer on mobile?
OVO Mobile is not the only way to stream soccer on your mobile. Optus through its Optus Sports app has rights to the English Premier League, having recently added the Champions League and Euros to its library as well.
With Optus, non-Optus customers are able to purchase an Optus Sports subscription for about $15 a month, although the service is included on many mobile and broadband plans.
The cheapest Optus mobile plan to include Optus Sport is $35 a month on a post-paid basis, which also includes the National Geographic app, and data-free music streaming to Google Play, iHeartRadio and Spotify. Data-free TV streaming to Netflix, Stan and ABC iView can also be added for $5 a month.