Monday, 15 June 2020 10:29

Optus Sport broadcasts set to resume with return of English Premier League

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Optus Sport is set to resume streaming of all 92 remaining live games when the English Premier League provisionally restarts on Thursday 18 June and a full round of fixtures begins on 20 June, after all matches were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Optus’ first broadcasts on return on Thursday will be when Manchester City take on Arsenal and Aston Villa play Sheffield United, with the return of the season featuring new kick-off times and matches played behind closed doors.

“The Premier League’s return is a huge moment for live sport and we’re thrilled to reconnect our passionate Optus Sport customers to what they love,” Optus’ Head of TV and Content, Corin Dimopoulos, said.

“For sport-starved fans, the Premier League’s return could not come at a better time. Live sport is a great unifier that brings people together from across the world through shared moments of joy and excitement.

“Optus Sport is the exclusive Australian home of the world’s most watched football league and we can’t wait to bring every game live and on-demand to our customers from 18 June.”

Optus Sport’s coverage of the Premier League includes comprehensive live programming and all games available on-demand, including the “mini matches and highlights”.

Coinciding with the League’s return, Optus Sport has launched a new mobile app with “innovative new features and an improved layout to engage fans and provide an even more immersive experience”.

“We have re-built our app from the ground-up to give football fans the best possible experience when streaming live or on-demand. The new app design is bursting with more content, archives and competitions, two round-the-clock football channels, personalised content feeds and a new 'Match Centre', which combines all the coverage and stats in one place,” said Corin.

Optus Sport says it will also give viewers the option to experience games with virtual crowd noise “to replicate the unique, vibrant atmosphere of each stadium, meaning grounds such as Anfield will still sound like Anfield”, and “if fans prefer the natural sound of the matches without crowd noise, they will have that option too”.

All 92 remaining matches will also feature their own studio coverage, while enhancements such as virtual analysis from players’ perspectives, player cam content and live warm-ups on social media for certain matches will also feature.


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