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Optus scores a world’s first in 5G live streaming of EPL

Optus Sport, a mega pay-TV player in Australia, has live-streamed English Premier League (EPL) matches over 5G, starting from the highly anticipated match between Liverpool against Norwich City on 10 August 2019.

“Making the Premier League available on Optus Sport through 5G is a world first,” said Clive Dickens, Optus VP for TV, Content & Product Development. “This will be the first of many 5G initiatives we will undertake at Optus.”

Premier League director of broadcasting, Paul Molnar, commented: “It is great to see innovation like this by our global broadcasters and we look forward to seeing Optus Sport continues to innovate with its distribution and coverage as we go forward.”

While 5G is currently on limited coverage, the leap to streaming the match accelerates the 5G roll-out.

According to the official announcement, Optus Sport has also gained rights to show all 380 games available on-demand this season, including the popular mini-matches.

“Having the Australian rights to show every single match of the Premier League exclusively live is an enormous opportunity for Optus Sport,” said Corin Dimopoulos, Optus’ head of TV and Content

“Our suite of exclusively live premium sports content, which also includes the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, notably increases viewership with the renewal of the Premier League this season.

“We are extending our production of mini-matches and highlights, giving our customers the ability to watch Premier League action when they want and how they want so they don’t miss a minute of their team’s action.”

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