SBS to broadcast all remaining World Cup matches

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SBS will air all the remaining World Cup games after discussions with Optus.

SBS will continue to simulcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup until the end of the tournament following discussions with Optus.

The agreement, announced on Thursday, means SBS will broadcast all remaining games until July 16.

"We’re pleased to be able to simulcast more of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches with Optus," SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said.

"With eight million Australians tuning into SBS’s coverage to date, we know how passionate the country is about the world game and are confident fans will continue to engage with the matches as we head towards the end of the competition in Russia.”

SBS will continue to broadcast daily highlights in FIFA World Cup Today live from Red Square at 5.30pm each match day with expert analysis from Craig Foster and Lucy Zelić and commentary from Martin Tyler, as well as replays of the SBS Match of the Day each morning at 6.30am.

Earlier this month, SBS stepped in to simulcast all FIFA World Cup group stage games after users encountered technical problems with the Optus stream.

Optus obtained the rights to 64 matches of the World Cup in May.

Optus CEO Allen Lew said the telecommunications giant was "putting football fans first" by continuing to work with SBS on the broadcast of World Cup matches.

"Our customers and viewers have been the priority in our decision making and that's why we have provided several ways to watch the matches, offered refunds and introduced a range of measures to address the technical issues experienced by some Optus Sport viewers," he said in a statement.

LIVE MATCH BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Group stage

THURSDAY 28 JUNE 

Senegal v Colombia LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS

Japan v Poland LIVE from 11.30pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS VICELAND

FRIDAY 29 JUNE 

England v Belgium LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS (Replay 6.30am Sat)

Panama v Tunisia LIVE from 3.30am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS VICELAND

Round of 16

SATURDAY 30 JUNE

France v Argentina LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS (Replay 6.30am Sun)

SUNDAY 1 JULY

Uruguay v Portugal LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS

Spain v Russia LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS (Replay 6.30am Mon)

MONDAY 2 JULY                                                                                                   

Croatia v Denmark LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS

Brazil v Mexico LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS

TUESDAY 3 JULY - Replay TBC

TBD (1G) v TBD (2H) LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS

Sweden v Switzerland LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS

WEDNESDAY 4 JULY - Replay TBC

TBD (1H) v TBD (2G) LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS

Quarterfinals

FRIDAY 6 JULY

TBD v TBD LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS

SATURDAY 7 JULY - Replay TBC

TBD v TBD LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS

TBD v TBD LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS

SUNDAY 8 JULY - Replay TBC

TBD v TBD LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS

Semifinals

WEDNESDAY 11 JULY                 

TBD v TBD LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS (Replay 6.30am Wed)

THURSDAY 12 JULY        

TBD v TBD LIVE from 3am* (kick-off 4am*) on SBS (Replay 6.30am Thurs)

Third place playoff 

SATURDAY 14 JULY

TBD v TBD LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 12am*) on SBS (Replay 6.30am Sun)

Final

SUNDAY 15 JULY

TBD v TBD LIVE from 11pm* (kick-off 1am*) on SBS (Replay 6.30am Mon)

- All times are in AEST.

Matches broadcast on SBS will also be live streamed via the official FIFA World Cup™ app, on The World Game website and through SBS On Demand.

Source SBS News

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