Optus Sport say they have fixed the issues which marred the launch of their World Cup coverage and are set to put Aussie fans right on the sidelines of Europe's biggest games.
The mobile phone giant tonight launch their first UEFA Champions League group stage coverage and say it will be unlike anything seen before in Australia...and this time for good reasons.
There was outrage in June when Optus's exclusive coverage of the World Cup failed to cope with demand on the opening days which saw the Prime Minister intervene and the rights to all games being shared with SBS.
Now though, Optus say they have fixed all the issues and are ready to focus back on the football, starting tonight when PSV Eindhoven Socceroos Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich take on Barcelona.
Optus have former Socceroos like Mark Schwarzer and Ned Zelic on the sidelines of the big games to bring unparalleled coverage and a real Aussie flavour to the matches.
Optus will localise the presentation of the games with pre-game, half-time and post-match shows based on a panel of experts in Sydney to supplement their men (and women) on the spot in Europe.
“Optus Sport’s live coverage will call upon an array of experts with European football experience both in studio and around the grounds,” said Optus head of content Corin Dimopoulous.
“Michael Bridges, Thomas Sorensen and Paul Okon will join host Richard Bayliss in the studio, while Schwarzer and Zelic will be pitchside to provide their expert insight and analysis.”
The presentation team will also be using social media to take fans right into the heart of the games for the full experience of going to the big matches.
"We want to see Mark and Ned enjoying it, so that will come across on the coverage," said host and executive producer Bayliss.