Football fans wanting to watch the English Premier League in Australia next season will have to pay more for the privilege. 

Optus Sport, the current Australian broadcast rights holders, confirmed on May 29 that their subscription fees will be changing from August 1. 

Optus Sport subscriptions previously cost $14.99 per month and were free for certain Optus customers. 

As of August 1, subscriptions will increase to a monthly fee of $24.99 or $199 for a yearly package. Optus customers are also set to be charged $6.99 per month for the service. 

Along with the Premier League, Optus Sport also shows the Women’s Super League, J-League, certain international matches and will be the main Australian broadcaster for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. 

The streaming service recently locked down the Premier League rights Down Under for a further six years and believe their subscription price increase will allow them to continue providing a quality product.

“This compares favourably with other content streaming services that have emerged in the Australian landscape and is the first change to Optus Sport’s pricing since we first launched in 2016,” an Optus Sport statement read in relation to the pricing change. 

“We want you to know that we’re fully committed to providing value for money, so from August, all live and on-demand Premier League matches will be available to stream in 1080p HD on supported devices. That means you can watch all the action from the world’s best league in exceptional detail.

“We’ll continue bringing you every match live, plus full replays, mini matches, highlights, magazine shows and more, so you can watch your team without missing a beat.”

Optus Sport’s announcement comes at a tricky time for plenty of Australians struggling financially. 

Football fans over the past year have seen the division of competition rights force them to take out multiple subscriptions to watch the sport they love. 

While Optus Sport have the Premier League, Stan Sport acquired the UEFA rights from them last year, while Serie A, Bundesliga and La Liga is shown on beIN Sports which is accessible via Kayo. Fans wanting to watch every game of the A-League Men this season would have also required a Paramount+ subscription.

Combined, all four services could cost as much as $82 a month once Optus Sport’s price changes and fans aren’t happy that the price of football keeps going up. 

The 2022-23 Premier League season is set to begin on August 6 with Manchester City reigning champions after seeing off Liverpool by a single point.

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