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SBS willing to help Optus with World Cup coverage


SBS Chief Executive Michael Ebeid says a conversation may need to be had, potentially over the next 24 hours, with Optus Sports regarding their FIFA World Cup coverage.

Optus has come under fire for streaming issues during the tournament, with multiple fans frustrated with the company’s inability to effectively handle the immense user demand.

SBS has free-to-air TV rights to one game a night, but Ebeid has conceded that could change in the immediate future.


“I totally acknowledge for some people it hasn’t been the best experience,” he told SEN’s Whateley.

“For all the games SBS has got, make sure you watch it on one of our platforms and if you are having any issues, go through the SBS app and hopefully that fixes the issue.

“I think if Optus continues to have problems, then we might have a conversation about how we can help them further in terms of putting some of those games on our channels.

“We are able and willing to do that.

“It depends on Optus’ confidence levels in having fixed the problem.

“Maybe even 24 hours, I think they’ll need to take a good hard look at where they’re at with fixing the problem.”

The World Cup continues tonight at 10:00pm AEDT with Sweden v Korea Republic.

Listen to Michael Ebeid's chat with Gerard Whateley on SEN's Whateley in the player below

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