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Optus Sport and SBS launch 2018 FIFA World Cup app and VR experience

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SBS and Optus, the exclusive broadcasters of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, have partnered to launch the World Cup app and the first ever virtual reality app for the most watched sporting event in the world.

Developed jointly by Optus Sport and SBS and with the cooperation of FIFA, the World Cup apps are available to download now ahead of the tournament kick off on June 14.

From the app, Australian users will have free access to 25 live matches.

The remaining 39 games are available exclusively to Optus Sport Premium subscribers for $15 per month or free if you are on an eligible Optus plan.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup app will not only offer live matches and on demand content, it will also feature breaking news, analysis and opinion plus highlights and live scores and statistics.

The app also offers access to an exclusive full high definition MatchCast experience which provides five different angles of the pitch alongside a Cable Cam and new mosaic stream to follow teams and individual players.

There will also be multi-angle content from 35 cameras in the stadium to allow viewers to see replays and highlights from any angle.

It will also be possible to personalise the experience by choosing your favourite team.

The virtual reality app will allow fans to watch live matches like they are sitting in a VIP stadium suite.

Included within the app is dedicated VR match content created at the various venues to allow the action to be enjoyed from various positions inside the stadium.

And for the first time, viewers can also watch matches with suitable wide-angle views of 180 degrees and 210 degrees.
Once matches are completed, a 360-degree video will also be available.

The Russia 2018 VR app is supported by the Samsung Gear VR and will be available through the Oculus store.

“With over 30 years in the business of football, SBS is proud to continue embracing new technologies to give Australia’s diverse communities more ways to come together and experience the passion and emotion of the biggest sporting event on Earth,” says SBS director of sport Ken Shipp.

Optus Head of TV and Content, Corin Dimopoulos said: “We are pleased to add a significantly new dimension to our broadcast of all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and provide a greater user experience.

“Fans will be able to choose a wide range of views, from being in the stands, walking out onto the field with the players, standing in the tunnel or being in a position behind the goals.

“The virtual reality app adds more detail and interaction for viewers and typifies the way Optus uses technology to enhance and expand the way we broadcast live sport.”

Both apps are available now to download for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets through the Apple App Store and Google Play.