It has been revealed SBS will air all World Cup matches live for the next two days as the troubled Optus Sport attempts to fix the streaming blunder which has left thousands of football fans livid.
The Broadcasting Television Network confirmed the news in a statement on Monday night.
“Following discussions with Optus Sport, we have agreed that SBS will air all 2018 FIFA World Cup games for the next 48 hours,” SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said.
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“That’s an additional four games on free-to-air, giving even more Australians the chance to enjoy the tournament.
“The FIFA World Cup is a true multicultural celebration that unites Australia’s diverse communities and SBS is pleased to be bringing more of the tournament to Australian audiences.”
The announcement comes after Malcolm Turnbull revealed he had spoken with Optus CEO Allen Lew about the streaming issues.
“I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention and he believes it will be fixed this evening,” the Prime Minister said.
Optus Sport subscribers have taken to social media to express their frustration following days of connection issues and faults with the service.
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