Optus snatches Australian English Premier League from Fox Sports
10:24 AM Mon 2nd Nov, 2015 - Sweeper
The news is a massive blow for FoxSports with the English Premier League being a key driver of subscription numbers.
The news could provide a significant financial benefit to the FFA and A-League clubs with the A-League rights coming up for renewal in 2017. It faces serious competition from Optus and a rejuvenated BeIn Sports as well as free to air TV in the battle for the A-League TV rights. FoxSports will need to retain the A-League rights or risk the complete loss of one of its key subscriber demographics. If FoxSports can retain the A-League rights it may be able to partially weather the storm for 3 years, retaining as many subscribers as possible, before seeking to regain the Premier League rights in 2019.
It is understood Optus will stream the games live via Fetch TV.
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