Foxtel loses Premier League rights to Optus
Foxtel has broadcast the EPL since 1997 but Optus gains exclusive rights from August.
Optus has won the bid for the exclusive Australian rights to the Barclays Premier League for three seasons.
The deal, including live broadcast coverage and digital rights for broadband and mobile for all 380 Premier League games, every season, commences in August 2016.
Foxtel has broadcast the EPL since 1997.
Allen Lew, Chief Executive Officer at Optus said, “We are dedicated to delivering the best domestic and international entertainment for our customers. With 930 million followers worldwide, the Premier League is one of the most sought after sports properties for content providers.
“Today’s announcement is a great win for Optus and will ensure that Aussie football fans can watch all the action from the world’s most popular football league.”
Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman at the Premier League said, “We are extremely pleased that Optus has chosen to invest in our broadcasting rights for the three seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19.
“They have an excellent track record as a multifaceted telecommunications company in Australia and we look forward to working with them to make all the best Premier League content available to our fans across the country,” he said.
Foxtel response on Facebook: “All we can say at this stage (because this has only just happened) is that in coming months we’ll we’ll review all options. We don’t know how Optus plans to broadcast the EPL and we’d be happy to talk to them about whether there is an opportunity for us to partner with them in some way.”