The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Sport Australia's World Cup shame: Fans forced to fork out $30 to watch all the games with SBS only showing ONE match a day - while the rest of the clashes are on subscriber-only Optus Sport

09:53  13 june  2018
09:53  13 june  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

World Cup 2018: Fans left seething as Optus issues 'ruin' viewing experience

  World Cup 2018: Fans left seething as Optus issues 'ruin' viewing experience Australian football fans fume as Optus fails to deliver a stable live video stream of World Cup match.Optus has the exclusive rights to air the majority of World Cup games in Australia, requiring anyone who wants to watch them, even if they are on another telco, to sign up to its Optus Sport app, which costs $14.99 per month.

Match of the day , every day , LIVE, FREE and in HD. All 64 matches LIVE and FREE on SBS Radio in multiple languages. Hosted by former Socceroos captain Craig Foster and The World Game ' s Lucy Zelic, and with exclusive commentary from Martin Tyler, SBS ' s coverage will begin at 10: 30 pm on

Australians living Down Under can watch the FIFA World Cup live online using SBS as well as Optus Sports . SBS is free and will be broadcasting 25 matches live. The most awaited 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer game between France and Australia is about to kick-off on Saturday, June 16, 2018

Video provided by Wide World of Sports

The 2018 World Cup is just days away, but for the first time in decades, Australians won't be able to watch all the games live on free-to-air TV.

Russia kicks off the festival of football at 1am (AEST) on June 15 as they take on Saudi Arabia, with the game live on SBS.

But the network will only be showing one live match a day, with the rest of the games being broadcast on Optus Sport.

Tim Cahill holding a yellow ball: The 2018 World Cup is just days away, but for the first time in decades Australians won't be able to watch all the games live on free-to-air TV. Tim Cahill has been selected for the Socceroos squad © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 2018 World Cup is just days away, but for the first time in decades Australians won't be able to watch all the games live on free-to-air TV. Tim Cahill has been selected for the Socceroos squad SBS will be showing all of the Socceroos matches, including their opener against highly-rated France on June 16, but fans wanting to see the rest of the games will have to cough up $14.99 a month for an Optus Sport subscription.

Optus working on World Cup woes after another patchy night

  Optus working on World Cup woes after another patchy night Telco is advising people to sign up for accounts earlier rather than just before kick-off to reduce the risk of World Cup buffering drama.The telco was met with a deluge of complaints on Friday night when subscribers' streams dropped out during the Egypt v Uruguay match, which was only broadcast by Optus and not SBS. Optus was met with similar disdain on Saturday night and into Sunday morning when customers had trouble getting a clear stream of the blockbuster Australia v France match (also on SBS) and the Peru v Denmark and Croatia v Nigeria clashes (both exclusive to Optus).

Here' s the three Australia World Cup Group Stage matches and their local times: Matchday 1 : France vs Australia 8pm AEST, Saturday June 16. If you want the ability to see the entire tournament - all 64 games - you're going to have to go with Optus Sport , who gained the rights to the World Cup this

England fans will have to pay up to £315 a ticket on Monday when 15,000 extra seats are released for the Rugby World Cup Pool A matches against Fiji, Wales and Australia at When two egos collide: Paul Pogba needs to feel special but Jose Mourinho only wants players who run through walls for him.

But with the tournament spanning more than a month, viewers will have to fork out $30 to watch all the games live.

-

AUSTRALIA'S WORLD CUP GROUP GAMES

June 16: 8pm - France v Australia

World Cup: Optus's streaming problems still infuriating fans despite chief executive's apology

  World Cup: Optus's streaming problems still infuriating fans despite chief executive's apology Hours after Optus chief executive Allen Lew offers an apology for the telco's malfunctioning World Cup coverage and pledges to fix the issues, even more streaming issues render yet another game unwatchable for many.

Optus Sport . Optus Sport will offer full coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup via their TV channels, mobile apps and website. This is not a free service, meaning that fans will have to subscribe to Optus Sport to watch all the games .

Australia . Hundreds of Welsh fans were forced to miss the historic match , as many were stuck trying to cross at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone. Showing the whole world that while the Irish and Icelandic fans are obviously amazing, that the people of Gaul, the supporters of the Red

June 21: 10pm - Denmark v Australia

June 27: 12am - Australia v Peru

All games will be live on SBS and Optus Sport.

-

-

The Socceroos open their World Cup campaign against France on June 16, before taking on Denmark five days later.

Their final game in Group C sees them take on Peru - competing in their first World Cup since 1982 - on June 27.

France, who boast the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe among their 23-man squad, are the firm favourites to top the group.

But second place in the group is wide open between Australia, Denmark and Peru, with the Socceroos perhaps the weakest team on paper.

The team that does finish second in Group C will play the winner of Group D, which is likely to be Lionel Messi's Argentina.

Mile Jedinak will captain the Socceroos in Russia, with other senior players including Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan, Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy and, of course, the ever-present Tim Cahill.

SBS may reach out to Optus if World Cup streaming issues continue

  SBS may reach out to Optus if World Cup streaming issues continue SBS CEO Michael Ebeid has said SBS may need to reach out to Optus and offer a helping hand if the telco’s World Cup streaming continues to have issues. SBS CEO Michael Ebeid has said SBS may need to reach out to Optus and offer a helping hand if the telco’s World Cup streaming continues to have issues.

Australia . West Ham shame : Furious fans invade pitch in protest against Fight for the Champions League: As the race for Premier Glenn Hoddle' s 10 World Cup group games not to miss from Portugal' s clash with Spain to England' s

How to watch the World Cup on SBS . Welcome to Samara: the Russian city hosting World Cup matches . Brazil v Argentina: World Cup fans take to the pitch in Melbourne.

Cahill, now 38, is plying his trade at English Championship side Millwall for the second time in his career.

At times he looked unlikely to make the squad after struggling to get first-team football, but as Australia's record goalscorer, manager Bert van Marvijk has gambled by including him in his side.

-

SOCCEROOS WORLD CUP SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones.

Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith.

Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani.

Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse.

-

Van Marwijk himself was never meant to be leading Australia to the World Cup.

The Dutchman, who was Netherlands coach when they finished second at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, qualified this time around with Saudi Arabia, only for him to lose his job when he was unable to agree on a new contract.

At a similar time, Ange Postecoglou unexpectedly resigned as Socceroos boss despite leading them to the finals via a two-legged intercontinental play-off against Honduras.

PM seeking World Cup assurances from Optus

  PM seeking World Cup assurances from Optus Malcolm Turnbull has become the highest-profile voice to raise concern about Optus Sport's World Cup issues, saying he hopes to speak to Optus' chief executive.Outrage over Optus Sport's World Cup streaming issues has gone all the way to the top, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull involving himself in the saga that has frustrated football fans around the country.

Most watched Sport videos. Bogus World Cup websites scamming fans out of thousands and they look a lot more professional than you might think Tickets sold for £23,000. France get to straight down to work after arriving at their base ahead of World Cup warm-up clash vs USA Didier

Australia . Marseille is littered with broken bottles and chairs following the clashes between fans while many were injured. The England WAGs who WON'T be shaming the nation with wild World Cup antics: The childhood sweethearts and

Up stepped van Marwijk - although he will be replaced by Graham Arnold after the World Cup.

Brazil are the favourites to win the tournament at 5/1, followed by Germany at 6/1  and Spain at 7/1.

England are 19/1 while Australia are viewed as rank outsiders with odds of 301/1.

-

Below are all the World Cup fixtures.

Day-by-Day

*All times listed below are in AEST

Group Stage Fixtures

Friday 15th June

Saturday 16th June

Sunday 17th June

Monday 18th June

Tuesday 19th June

Wednesday 20th June

Thursday 21st June

Friday 22nd June

Saturday 23rd June

Sunday 24th June

Monday 25th June

Tuesday 26th June

Wednesday 27th June

Thursday 28th June

Friday 29th June

Group-by-Group

*All times listed below are in AEST

Group A

Friday 15th June

Wednesday 20th June

Thursday 21st June

Tuesday 26th June

Group B

Saturday 16th June

Wednesday 20th June

Thursday 21st June

Tuesday 26th June

Group C

Saturday 16th June

Sunday 17th June

Thursday 21st June

Friday 22nd June

Wednesday 27th June

Group D

Saturday 16th June

Sunday 17th June

Friday 22nd June

Saturday 23rd June

Wednesday 27th June

Group E

Sunday 17th June

Monday 18th June

Friday 22nd June

Saturday 23rd June

Thursday 28th June

Group F

Monday 18th June

Monday 18th June

Sunday 24th June

Thursday 28th June

Group G

Tuesday 19th June

World Cup: SBS to air all games for next 48 hours after Optus streaming issues

  World Cup: SBS to air all games for next 48 hours after Optus streaming issues Optus has announced that all World Cup games will be simulcast on free-to-air SBS for the next 48 hours, after a wave of complaints about its subscription streaming service. Optus Sport holds the exclusive rights for most World Cup matches but has struggled to broadcast games on its website and mobile applications. Many Optus Sport subscribers have been unable to watch live games amid connection issues, dropouts and other faults during the tournament's Optus Sport holds the exclusive rights for most World Cup matches but has struggled to broadcast games on its website and mobile applications.

How to watch the World Cup on SBS . Brazil v Argentina: World Cup fans take to the pitch in Melbourne. German SBS German. How to get red wine out of clothes.

Of course, if you want to interact with other fans while watching Premier League matches , you could always find a local pub in or near your area. Hi Neal, radio commentaries of Premier League matches are only available on Sirius XM FC now, which is a shame .

Saturday 23rd June

Sunday 24th June

Friday 29th June

Group H

Tuesday 19th June

Why Optus gripes have hit fever pitch

  Why Optus gripes have hit fever pitch Last minute sign ups and a surge in viewers reduced the streaming service into a trickle for many customers.As Aussie football fans fume over Optus Sport's unreliable FIFA World Cup streaming from Russia, Optus admits it underestimated the challenges of playing on the world stage.

submitted 4 days ago by PuttItOut to announcements (+1024|-23). You can have life figured out only to discover you know nothing in the end. These life changes have forced me to put Voat on the back burner (which hurts me ). How to make a successful horror game ( i 0.kym-cdn.com).

Rowdy: Chinese football fans watch on during the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia in Xuchang. Lanzini ruled out of the World Cup after West Ham forward ruptures his cruciate knee ligament in training with Aubameyang even wears his Arsenal kit while playing match with friends!

Wednesday 20th June

Monday 25th June

Friday 29th June

Knockout Stage Fixtures

Round of 16

Sunday July 1

Monday 2nd July

Tuesday 3rd July

Wednesday 4th July

Quarter-Final

Saturday 7th July

Sunday 8th July

Semi-Final

Wednesday 11th July

Thursday 12th July

Third Place Play-Off

Sunday 15th July

World Cup 2018 Final

Monday 16th July

Pictures: Socceroos 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 12:  The Australia players pose for a team photo during an Australia Socceroos media opportunity ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Stadium Trudovye Rezervy on June 12, 2018 in Kazan, Russia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) Socceroos 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad

SBS will broadcast all World Cup games until the end of next week as Optus refunds customers over its streaming debacle .
SBS will now broadcast all group round matches. Optus will offer refunds to anyone who signed up for a $15 subscription to watch the World Cup. The telco is also making Optus Sport free until August 31. SBS will broadcast World Cup matches on free-to-air TV until the end of the group stage on June 29, and Optus will offer refunds to people who paid $15 to subscribe to its exclusive service as the fallout from the telco's disastrous foray into exclusive broadcasting right continues.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!