Optus Sport Review & Guide
The world of sports streaming is an interesting one, with no shortage of competition on the screen and behind the scenes, with plenty of standalone entrants and providers offering additional sporting extras to tempt customers. Optus Sport is a prime example of the latter, with the service one of the more well-known offerings in the Australian market, particularly for those who are a fan of English football. But for those unfamiliar with it, or those simply in the market for more sports or a different phone provider, what is Optus Sport, and is it worth it? Find out all you need to know about Optus Sport in this Canstar Blue guide.
What is Optus Sport?
Optus Sport is a sports streaming video on demand (SVOD) service developed by Optus, one of Australia’s largest telcos. Available as either a standalone service, or as an additional extra for Optus customers, Optus Sports offers results, news and coverage of select sporting events and competitions, with the English Premier League the most notable.
How much does Optus Sport cost?
Optus Sport, as a standalone service, costs $14.99 per month, although may be free for existing Optus customers on eligible home broadband, mobile broadband and postpaid mobile phone plans. If you’re looking to sign up for the long term, Optus Sport offers a 12-month subscription for $139, with all Optus Sport subscriptions automatically renewing until cancelled. If the season ends, or you just aren’t getting as much out of it as you thought you would, you can cancel your Optus Sport subscription at any time, with your subscription ending at the end of the current billing cycle.
Does Optus Sport have a free trial?
Optus Sport does not currently have a free trial, although does occasionally offer the Free Seat feature, which allowed certain games to be watched for free without a subscription.
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What sports are available with Optus Sport?
Spread over three dedicated channels, Optus Sports focuses on football matches and tournaments, including coverage of overseas leagues and international competitions. Optus Sports football coverage includes:
- English Premier League
- FA Women’s Super League
- J League (Japanese League)
- European Qualifiers
- UEFA Nations League
- UEFA Women’s EURO 2022
- FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
In addition to live and on-demand coverage of multiple leagues, Optus Sport also has replays and highlights of classic matches and previous seasons, sports documentaries as well as press conferences and interviews for behind the scenes action.
How can I watch Optus Sport?
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:
- ‘Optus Sport’ app via Fetch
- Apple TV & Apple Airplay
- Samsung Smart TV
- LG Smart TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Google Chromecast
- Gaming consoles, including Xbox One
This makes it a viable solution if you like to watch the EPL on a big screen, instead of on a small computer or mobile screen. However, Optus Sport is only available to stream in Australia, meaning you can’t log into your account while overseas.
Phone Plans with Optus Sport
Many postpaid phone plans are available with Optus Sport included, both bundled ones and SIM only plans. For free access to Optus Sport, you can choose between the $45, $55, $65 or $85 postpaid plans.
However, for those looking for a new phone, Optus has quite competitive iPhone 13 deals, which include a lot more for the price you pay. Plans are separate to your device payments, which can be over 12, 24 or 36 months. iPhone 13 128GB plans with Optus Sport included start at $45 per month plus $37.46 for the phone repayment, totalling $82.46 a month over a 36-month payment period.
Optus has a very large selection of postpaid mobile phone plans, and there is one to suit most budgets and needs. Below are the Optus postpaid month-to-month SIM-only plans with Optus Sport included.
The following table shows a selection of published Optus postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of lowest standard monthly cost to highest. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on our database. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
Broadband Plans with Optus Sport
Many home broadband plans are eligible, and include Optus Sport. If NBN is your preferred internet type, a number of base NBN plans are available with unlimited data from $79 a month.
In addition to internet-only NBN plans, Optus also offers Internet Gamer plans with included ASUS Gaming modem and other optimisations for gaming, plus a Internet Family Entertainer plan with WiFi booster and WiFi security, plus standard Netflix subscription via Optus SubHub. All Optus NBN plans are month-to-month, include unlimited data and modem fees are waived if you stay connected for 36 months. Base plans are offered on NBN 50 speeds with NBN 100 speeds available for an additional $20 per month on top of the NBN 50 plan prices.
The below table features a selection of published Optus NBN plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other NBN providers. These are products from a referral partner.
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. All current Optus mobile broadband plans include Optus Sport streaming.
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.
Optus Mobile Broadband Data SIM plans
The following table shows a selection of Optus mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.
|Brand||Features||Max Data/billing period||Advertised Cost^^/billing period|
Small Data SIM Plan
min. cost $15 month to month
|5GB||$15||Link to provider unavailable|
Medium Data SIM Plan
min. cost $25 month to month
|30GB||$25||Link to provider unavailable|
Large Data SIM Plan
min. cost $45 month to month
|60GB||$45||Link to provider unavailable|
Extra Large Data SIM Plan
min. cost $60 month to month
|100GB||$60||Link to provider unavailable|
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Optus Sport app
While you can always sign in via a web browser, like most streaming services, Optus Sport allows you to tune in on the go with the app, which is available on both iOS and Android operating systems. With a similar set out to its web browser, you can find live, on-demand, highlights and classic coverage via the app, ensuring you don’t miss a second of the action.
- If you aren’t an Optus customer and worried about data, find out how much data Optus Sport uses.
Optus Sport Home Fitness
In the wake off COVID and many turning to home workouts, Optus Sport also unveiled home fitness content on the app, allowing users to keep match-fit with multiple workout types and sessions. Known as OS Fitness, the feature allows you to follow a workout from the comfort of your own home, with a trainer virtually taking you through the paces, and includes workouts such as yoga and pilates, through to cardio and core workouts.
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. Add in the fact that you can get it as a bonus if you sign up to eligible Optus phone and internet plans means that there’s also the potential for additional savings and features, but as a standalone streaming service, Optus Sports is somewhat lacking, particularly when competitors like Kayo offer a larger library, albeit at a larger cost. Whether Optus Sport is worth signing up for will ultimately come down to your preferences, if you’re already an Optus customer and how mad of a football fan you are. But with a bit of research, you might be able to find the best fit, and deal, for your needs.
Stream Sports with Kayo
If you’re keen for a bit more football, why not check out Kayo? Kayo is a streaming platform that provides access to a wealth of sports, from basketball to cricket, motorsports and soccer. Click ‘go to site’ for more details.
|Brand||Subscription Type||No. of Screens/same time viewing||Advertised Cost^^/month|
Kayo One Subscription
min. cost $25 over 1 month
|1||$25||Go To Site|
min. cost $27.50 over 1 month
|2||$27.50||Go To Site|
min. cost $35 over 1 month
||Go To Site|
Telstra Exclusive Offer – Basic Subscription
min. cost $15/mth first 12 months then $27.50/mth
||Get Offeron Telstra’s website|
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About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Projects Lead, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.