Ways to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on Optus Sport

by Online Community Manager
Posted by (Online Community Manager)
1st Jun 2018, 3:21pm

Football fans, it’s time to rejoice! The world’s biggest sporting event is coming to Optus Sport, the home of elite football in Australia.


That’s right, all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia will be available to watch live and on-demand, only on Optus Sport. The FIFA World Cup™ is the single most-widely watched sporting event in the world, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ reaching 3.2 billion viewers and the final between Germany and Brazil watched by more than a billion fans around the world.


So, whether you want to catch the Socceroos action on your morning commute or enjoy the grand final at home on the big screen, there are plenty of ways to watch this year’s tournament.


Ways to watch




You can take the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ action with you on your phone, iPad or tablet by downloading the Optus Sport App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and stream on-the-go.






It’s super easy to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ on your laptop or computer via the Optus Sport online player. Just head to the Optus Sport website, log in with your Optus Sport credentials and start streaming. It’s worth mentioning too that if you’d prefer to watch a game on the big screen, you can also connect your laptop or computer to your TV using an HDMI cable.






Watch Mo Salah, Ronaldo and Messi in action on your TV at home via your Fetch set-top box from Optus. If you have an Optus Sport Premium Subscription, the Optus Sport channels will be available to find through your TV guide. Not got Fetch yet? Find out more about how to get it here.


Apple TV


You can stream all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ straight from Generation 4 Apple TV devices via the Optus Sport App or any Apple device via AirPlay.


If you have a Generation 4 Apple TV device, all you need to do is download the Optus Sport App from the Apple App Store and log in using your Optus Sport credentials:




If you’re using AirPlay to stream the games, open the Optus Sport App or head to the Optus Sport website on your device, log in, then follow Apple’s instructions here.


Google Chromecast


Streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ via Google Chromecast couldn’t be simpler. Once you’ve set up your device correctly (follow Google’s instructions here if you’re stuck), open the Optus Sport App on your mobile or tablet and you’ll see a new CAST icon will appear. Tap the CAST icon to stream the action via your Chromecast. The CAST icon will change colour and the stream will start to play on your TV. There’s a pretty cool feature on Chromecast that lets you use your mobile like a remote to pause and resume your stream.


If you’re using Google Chromecast to stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, please remember that it will use your home Wi-Fi connection for all data consumed. If you are not using an Optus Home Broadband service, streaming all content on Optus Sport will be metered as it is not streamed from the mobile device.


Via HDMI cable plugged into your laptop or computer


Log in to the Optus Sport website on your laptop or computer then plug your device into your TV using an HDMI cable. Then just click play on the match or video you want to stream and start watching on your TV.




If you have an XBOX One (XBOX One S and XBOX One X models), you can watch all the action from the 2018 FIFA World CupTM on your TV via your device. Just download the Optus Sport App from the Microsoft store on your XBOX and log in using your Optus Sport credentials to start watching. 


Amazon FireTV Devices


You can also watch Optus Sport  on your TV via Amazon FireTV devices (you can buy these directly from Amazon).


You can also view our handy Ways to Watch Optus Sport Youtube playlist which provides video instructions on how to watch the action on each device:



Get an Optus Sport Premium Subscription


Don’t forget, you need an Optus Sport Premium Subscription to get access to all 64 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches. You can find out more about how to get a Premium Subscription below, just click the option that relates to you:


I currently have a plan with Optus


If you have an eligible plan or service, you can get full access to Optus Sport at no extra cost (if it’s available as an add on for your plan) or you can add it for $15/month. You can check whether your plan or service is eligible for Optus Sport here. If you find your plan is not eligible, don’t worry, you can still get a Premium Subscription. Just read the section below on how to do this. 


I’m not an Optus customer or have not previously been eligible for Optus Sport


If you’re not an Optus customer (i.e. you’re with Telstra, Vodafone or another provider) or were previously not eligible for Optus Sport (i.e. you were an Optus Prepaid, Optus Business customer or had an ineligible Optus broadband plan) you can now get an Optus Sport Premium Subscription for $14.99/month. You can purchase a Premium Subscription through the Optus Sport App, available to download from Google Play or the Apple App Store.


You’re free to cancel your subscription at any time and you can do so via Google Play or the App Store. Please note: your subscription will continue until the end of your current 30-day billing period.



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by Visitor Arrcee
‎2018-06-17 10:49 PM

I want my frigging money back. This is fraud!  @$$holes.

by Occasional Contributor kkkenobi
‎2018-06-18 02:05 AM

Optus CEO said it would be fixed by Sun night - it is worse.  I rang Optus and after 90 mins on hold was told they would be trying to resolve it in the coming days (yeah right!).  We should all get our  money back and they should award SBS the rest of the tournament

by Frequent Visitor Didgeridea
‎2018-06-18 01:15 PM

My way of watching the World Cup using Optus Sport has mostly involved switching over to the SBS On Demand app to watch the games, where I have no problems whatsoever.


Germany vs Mexico was the first time so far this tournament was the first time this World Cup I actually managed to see some action using Optus Sport. It crapped out twice and paused to buffer about five times, sadly that actually counts as progress. I’m very nervous about the Optus exclusive games that I want to see. Presumably there will be extra traffic for those games and Optus can’t even handle current traffic when people can switch to SBS if they need to.

by Occasional Contributor Silverback
‎2018-06-18 04:45 PM Optus offering free Fetch Mini (if your lucky enough to find a store with any left) to peoples with problems. I've an old Fetch box in one of my kids rooms and can confirm it works much better than the streaming app/website - which isn't exactly setting the bar high hey?! Smiley Happy Nice gesture Optus - props to at least making an effort to provide an alternative.
by Occasional Contributor kkkenobi
‎2018-06-18 04:49 PM

If your internet good enough to handle it - mine isn't.   PM now making personal call to Optus CEO to sort it!

by Occasional Contributor Silverback
‎2018-06-18 04:55 PM
Dang, if Malcolm's getting involved then there's every chance this will be fixed at some stage before the next World Cup then. Smiley Wink
by Occasional Contributor kkkenobi
‎2018-06-18 04:59 PM

Good on him, someone had to do something.  Let's face it though, who wants to watch the WC on a phone?   This (and EPL) needs to be on TV - an online platform will never work for these numbers anyway, and if you have a group of friends watching, what use is a phone???

by Occasional Contributor Silverback
‎2018-06-18 05:16 PM
Yup agree with not watching it on the phone (way to small a screen no matter what the pixel density) although I am forced to admit I did try it on the I-Phone last night to see if I could get any connection at all to the TV app there seeing as both the website stream and the Apple TV stream were not working - land of nope. Folks are suggesting to try the SBS app or FIFA app where you can apparently utilise Optus login details. Will try it later.
by Occasional Contributor kkkenobi
‎2018-06-18 05:19 PM

It is better via SBS ap, but is still on phone!   I then tried chromecast, and go the same old blurry vision and stop/starts

by Occasional Contributor kkkenobi
‎2018-06-18 05:25 PM

Blame game on now about who cut what and why - but that is beside the point, Optus have the contract and should deliver - if they can't they should admit it and hand it over.  Same goes for EPL, it should go back to Fox - needs to be on TV.