Optus announced they had wrested the exclusive distribution rights for the English Premier League (EPL), away from Foxtel late last year, before teasing the new format of distribution in March. Today they’ve unveiled their plans for pricing for customers wanting to view the EPL and, well, it’s expensive.
The bare bones of the deal is that you’ll have to have an eligible postpaid mobile, mobile broadband, or home broadband plan to get the EPL, sorry pre-paid customers. The coverage will cost $15 per month, or be included for free if your plan is $85 per month and over.
There will be a dedicated website to stream the EPL through, but only 4 devices, as in tablets or mobiles, can be used to stream the EPL. Optus says you can stream as much as you like as the data for the streams are not counted against your data allowance – but strangely data used to gather analytics, advertisements, and authentication all count against your data cap…that’s right, you have to use your data to be advertised to.
The coverage will be fairly comprehensive with Optus broadcasting up to 380 EPL games live across 9 sub-channels in the 2016/17 season. There will also be complimentary coverage including news, analysis and more offered on the Optus channels.
Fans interested in pre-ordering the EPL coverage from Optus will have the opportunity to do so from the 15th of May. For more information you can check out the mobile and mobile broadband plans here, or their Home Broadband plans here.