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Optus reveals live European soccer streaming on YouTube and Twitter

Telco Optus is to make ten key European soccer games available for free on Twitter and YouTube in the first streaming deal of its type in Australia.

The games, being played at breakfast time in Australia, include this Thursday morning’s clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Dortmund in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, which will be streaming on the Optus Sport YouTube channel.

This will be followed on Friday morning by the clash between Malmo and Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League, which will be streamed on the Optus Sport Twitter page.

Next Friday February 22’s morning Europa league game between Valencia and Celtic will also be streamed on Twitter.

And the March 6 Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Ajax will also be streamed on YouTube.

A further four yet-to-be-announced Europa League games will be streamed on Twitter, along with two of the Champions League quarter final games on YouTube in mid April.

Existing Optus Sport subscribers will also be able to see the games on their current platforms. including via Fetch, Apple TV, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or Xbox, plus tablets, mobile, desktop and laptop.

The move is not the first time Optus has allowed soccer fans to watch games for free. After technology problems during last year’s world cup, Optus made its broadcast rights available to SBS.

Optus’ Head of TV and Content Corin Dimopoulos said in a statement: “These exciting collaborations with YouTube and Twitter mark a major opportunity to leverage the world’s biggest international club competitions and amplify our incredible live programming of these tournaments.”

He added: “We will continue to showcase our exceptional live productions and at-ground presence which we have successfully delivered since securing the rights of these two competitions this season.

“This is a terrific digital partnership with two great platforms to provide fans of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League an opportunity to enjoy our content.”

Olly Wilton, Twitter Australia Head of Sports Partnerships, said: “Football is one of the biggest drivers of conversation on Twitter in Australia, so we’re
excited to collaborate with Optus Sport to bring these live matches from the UEFA Europa League to Twitter.”

And YouTube Australia Sports Partnerships Lead Andrew Peterson said: “Over the past six months, Optus Sport has done a fantastic job establishing its YouTube channel as the home for European football highlights. We’re thrilled to be working with the team at Optus to continue evolving their strategy and to bring selected live UEFA Champions League games to Aussie audiences on YouTube for the first time.”

The full list of games:

UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Optus Sport YouTube channel:

  • Tottenham v Dortmund 14 February 7am AEDT
  • Real Madrid v Ajax March 6 7am AEDT

UEFA Europa League Round of 32 on Optus Sport Twitter page:

  • Malmo v Chelsea 15 February 7am AEDT
  • Valencia v Celtic 22 February 4.55am AEDT

UEFA Europa League Round of 16 on Optus Sport Twitter page:

  • One game March 8 TBA
  • One game March 15 TBA

UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals on Optus Sport YouTube channel:

  • One game April 10 or 11 TBA
  • One game April 17 or 18 TBA

UEFA Europa League Quarter-finals on Optus Sport Twitter page:

  • One Game April 12 TBA
  • One Game April 19 TBA
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