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Australian pay-TV provider Optus has extended its deal with the English Premier League to air its football coverage in its domestic market for the next three seasons, beginning August 2019.
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The rights deal encompasses the exclusive live coverage on Optus Sport for every Premier League match, along with on-demand, replay and short form rights of each season’s 380 matches until 2022.

Optus has been home to the Premier League in Australia since the 2016/17 season, replacing pay-TV operator Foxtel as the English football league’s broadcast rights holder in Australia.

Until now, the Optus Sport channel has only been only available to the telco’s mobile and internet customers. However, Optus has now unveiled a new direct-to-consumer app to allow access to the channel for all Australians at a cost of A$14.99 (US$11.28) per month. Subscribers can watch the channel on mobile devices or on TVs using Apple TV and Chromecast dongles.

Subscribers can also access Optus Sport’s 2018 FIFA World Cup coverage, which will include two 24/7 channels, all 64 matches both live and on-demand and Optus Sport’s dedicated World Cup programming. Optus Sport holds the exclusive rights to air 39 World Cup matches live in Australia.

The FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on 14 June 2018 and runs until 15 July 2018.