On brink of EPL, Spark Sport gets some cheering news from Aussie

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Spark Sport will offer its first football coverage from this weekend as the 2019/2020 English Premier League season kicks off.

In its most demanding warmup for the Rugby World Cup so far, the insurgent streaming service will offer all 380 EPL games live and on-demand.

The test comes amid some cheering news for Spark from across the Tasman, where Aussie telco Optus has been making a similar foray into sport.

Optus gained infamy in July last year as “Floptus” when its stream of the FIFA Men’s Football World Cup fell over as around 1 million Aussies tried to watch it at once. Coverage was transferred to free-to-air broadcaster SBS and refunds issued (here, Spark says it will switch games to TVNZ “within minutes” should there be any glitches with the RWC).

But the Aussie telco has just revealed it has more than 700,000 subscribers for its Optus Sports service, which is built around English and European football (or “soccer”, if you must) and costs A$15 a month ($16), but is also free for some new or upgrading customers to its mobile and br

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