SBS To Broadcast All Of The World Cup Group Stage, As Optus Agrees To Reimburse Customers

SBS To Broadcast All Of The World Cup Group Stage, As Optus Agrees To Reimburse Customers
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SBS and Optus have “mutually agreed” that SBS will  broadcast the remainder of the World Cup group stage up until Friday 29 June.

Optus had paid subscriber rights to many of the group stage games, yet technical faults have plagued its streaming service, infuriating viewers and forcing even the prime minister himself to intervene.

SBS CEO, Michael Ebeid, said: “The FIFA World Cup is the absolute pinnacle of football, a sport that Australians are deeply passionate about. SBS looks forward to continuing to simulcast the games, together with Optus over the next ten days.”

Meanwhile, Optus has also agreed to reimburse the $14.95 to those who subscribed to its dodgy World Cup app.

In the initial deal, SBS was entitled to just one game a day while the rest went to Optus. But it remains unclear if Optus will have solved its technical issues by the round of 16.

The group stages include the following matches (*All times in AEST and subject to change).

WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE

Portugal v Morocco               LIVE from 9.30pm* on SBS (kick-off 10pm*)  

THURSDAY 21 JUNE

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia        LIVE from 12.30am* on SBS (kick-off 1am*)                          

IR Iran v Spain                       LIVE from 3.30am* on SBS (kick-off 4am*)                            

Denmark v Australia              LIVE from 9.30pm* on SBS (kick-off 10pm*)

FRIDAY 22 JUNE

France v Peru                         LIVE from 12.30am* on SBS (kick-off 1am*)                         

Argentina v Croatia               LIVE from 3.30am* on SBS (kick-off 4am*)                           

Brazil v Costa Rica                LIVE from 9.30pm* on SBS (kick-off 10pm*)

SATURDAY 23 JUNE

Nigeria v Iceland                    LIVE from 12.30am* on SBS (kick-off 1am*)                          

Serbia v Switzerland              LIVE from 3.30am* on SBS (kick-off 4am*)                            

Belgium v Tunisia                 LIVE from 9.30pm* on SBS (kick-off 10pm*)

SUNDAY 24 JUNE

Korea Republic v Mexico      LIVE from 12.30am* on SBS (kick-off 1am*)                         

Germany v Sweden                LIVE from 3.30am* on SBS (kick-off 4am*)     

England v Panama                LIVE from 9.30pm* on SBS (kick-off 10pm*)

MONDAY 25 JUNE 

Japan v Senegal                    LIVE from 12.30am* on SBS (kick-off 1am*)                          

Poland v Colombia                LIVE from 3.30am* on SBS (kick-off 4am*)                            

Uruguay v Russia                  LIVE from 11.30pm* (kick-off 12am Tuesday*)         

Saudi Arabia v Egypt             LIVE from 11.30pm* (kick-off 12am Tuesday*)        

TUESDAY 26 JUNE

Spain v Morocco                   LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*)                 

IR Iran v Portugal                   LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*)                    

Australia v Peru                     LIVE from 11pm* on SBS (kick-off 12am Wed*)

Denmark v France                 LIVE from 11.30pm* (kick-off 12am Wed*) 

WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE – 

Nigeria v Argentina               LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*)     

Iceland v Croatia                   LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*)     

Korea Republic v Germany   LIVE from 11.30pm* (kick-off 12am*)

Mexico v Sweden                  LIVE from 11.30pm* (kick-off 12am*)   

THURSDAY 28 JUNE 

Serbia v Brazil                        LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*)                    

Switzerland v Costa Rica      LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*)                   

Japan v Poland                      LIVE from 11.30pm* (kick-off 12am*)             

Senegal v Colombia              LIVE from 11.30pm* (kick-off 12am*)              

FRIDAY 29 JUNE – 

Panama v Tunisia                  LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*)                  

England v Belgium                LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*)                 

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