World Cup to continue on SBS after Optus backdown

Optus has given up its exclusive rights to broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup and will refund customers who paid for its troubled streaming service.

Optus has reached a deal with SBS for the broadcaster to simulcast all remaining group stage matches despite saying it was confident it had fixed the glitches which have plagued the service.

The technical problems saw Optus handover broadcast rights to SBS for 48 hours this week and even prompted the Prime Minister to ask for a ‘please explain’.


A decision about the broadcast of matches beyond the group stage has not been made.

Optus still has exclusive rights to two round-of-16 matches and two quarter-finals.

The company has also announced it will refund all customers who have paid $15 for the streaming service and will allow free access for all Australians until August 31.