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SBS to broadcast all group stage games

23 June 2018

Optus and SBS will both broadcast every game of the 2018 World Cup until the end of the group stage.

On Monday, Optus said it was confident it had fixed the streaming issues, but permitted SBS to broadcast all six games on Monday and Tuesday as a "failsafe".

"So I think we've learned from that, and we've made sure that our network is a lot more resilient and able to handle failure in different parts in our content-delivery network".

"We have learnt from that issue", he said in reference to the coder issues that caused the outage.

Previously, the telco had ceded rights to the Cup to SBS for 48 hours while the company entered crisis talks amid an avalanche of criticism from enraged fans, who suffered widespread streaming issues as the company's dedicated platform buckled under extreme demand.

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Australia's second biggest telco has come under fire for its coverage of the World Cup, which has been marred by technical problems to its streaming service and left fans angry.

Lew was forced to apologise for the problems on Sunday afternoon, but, after the technical issues persisted, on Monday announced that all World Cup games would be simulcast on free-to-air SBS for two days while it worked to fix the service.

Fabianksi is the back-up to Wojciech Szczesny for Poland at the World Cup and didn't play in the team's first group game, a 2-1 loss to Senegal. We've created some very significant differentiation in what we've done with live streaming sports.

Optus and SBS have not yet finalised arrangements for matches from the knockout stage onwards.

With football fans in an uproar, Optus made a decision to share 48 hours of full World Cup coverage with SBS on Monday, who were willing to take on the extra broadcasts at short notice.

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"We are in the long term for premium sports content so, we will just think about it as something that is a learning lesson along the way we would pick up what we've learnt, we understand the passion of Australians, we understand what we need to do as a network and we will go up for the next World Cup as aggressively as we did for this one".

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield accused Labor of hypocrisy claiming it had blocked legislation that would have allowed SBS to generate additional advertising revenue.

Another said: "Thank you Optus Sport".

Also unclear is what could be in store for Australians wanting to view the Optus exclusive games of the English Premier League, due to be carried from August.

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SBS to broadcast all group stage games