Sunday, 17 June 2018 22:54

How to fix Optus Sport’s catastrophic attempt at World Cup coverage


Avoid the dreaded #FloptusSport fail. The World Cup only comes once every four years but the long notice hasn’t seemed to give Optus enough time to provide a service that fulfils its one and only job – to display the World Cup on its World Cup app.

With Day 3’s first match kicking off, streams are still failing for both Apple and Android devices and fans are seething on social media. We’ll cover some of the complaints soon, but people will likely be looking for quick fixes and so…

  1. Ignore the Optus Sport app and use the SBS World Cup app instead. You can still log into your Optus Sport account with it and access the live streams. They tend to be MUCH more stable.

Here is the link to Apple’s app Store app

Here is a link to the Android Play Store app

  1. Of course, many people will want to beam the stream to their large TV. For that you’ll need either an Apple TV or a ChromeCast.

You can use your Apple iDevice’s Screen Mirroring to beam your picture to an Apple TV attached to your TV.

  1. On Android, the ChromeCast button doesn’t always appear within the app. If this occurs, download the Google Home app and connect to the ChromeCast that way. If this doesn’t directly allow you to share the screen it should make the icon appear within the app.


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Nick Ross

Nick Ross is a veteran technology journalist who has contributed to many of Australia's top technology titles and edited several of them. He was the launch editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation online Technology section.



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