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.

SBS says it will simulcast all remaining matches with the telco after customers’ complaints about service.

Russia kicks off the festival of football at 1 am (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 .

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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).

Optus under fire after World Cup streaming leaves fans frustrated. Read more. “In light of this Optus has announced that it will simulcast the next two nights of 2018 Fifa World Cup matches with SBS .

Nigeria game first big test of Russia' s resolve to stamp out racism. Read more. Fans in Australia got a bit hot under the collar last night as they attempted to watch the Egypt v Uruguay game and the service provided by telco Optus failed.

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

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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.

Lucy Zelić and Craig Foster, the faces of SBS ’ s World Cup coverage, have addressed criticism aimed at Zelić’s pronunciation of players’ names during the tournament in Russia, saying it is done that way out of respect for the game of football and Australia ’ s multicultural society.

While World Cup games featuring the Socceroos are still available on free-to-air network SBS , the rest of the matches are exclusive to Optus . The telco was not prepared for the spike in traffic.

June 21: 10pm - Denmark v Australia

June 27: 12am - Australia v Peru

All games will be live on SBS and Optus Sport.

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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.

Optus World Cup fiasco: SBS to broadcast all group stage games . Back to the football, and Jonathan Wilson is in Nizhny Novogorod, where he’ s going to watch the Uruguay-Saudi Arabia match later.

T-model to Telstar 18: the evolution of the World Cup ball – video explainer. After only 15 games in Russia, we had witnessed more goals from direct free-kicks than in the entire tournament in Brazil. The introduction of VAR has clearly played a part in the penalty count but how do we explain the rest ?

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.

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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.

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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.

THREE LIONS finished fourth in Russia as Gareth Southgate exceeded fans ' expectations but his bosses will only be happy if team continues to make 00: 30 . HUGE TURNOUT. Antoine Griezmann gets heroes welcome in his hometown Macon in France as he returns with World Cup trophy.

Optus will surrender exclusive coverage of World Cup matches to SBS for two days as it scrambles to resolve ongoing streaming glitches that have infuriated soccer fans and sparked a please explain from the Prime Minister.

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.

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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.

The first -choice goalkeeper, Munir Mohand Mohamedi, started only one league game for Numancia in Spain' s second tier and is bound Won the Confederations Cup last summer in Russia with half of the first team rested . Police and football fans clash in Paris after France' s World Cup victory – video.

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.

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.

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