They don't call it the 'World Game' for nothing: Alongside the Summer Olympics, the FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet. Over four weeks, the best 32 teams in the world will compete in 64 games to determine a winner. Here's everything you need to know about watching the 2018 World Cup in Australia.
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On Monday evening, Optus sheepishly relinquished its World Cup streaming rights to SBS for 48 hours as it attempted to sort out its beleaguered network. (Insert "own goal" gag here.) Now, the telco has agreed to let SBS broadcast every match during the group stage. In addition, you will be able to access the same matches on the Optus Sport app for free. Here are the details!
The world's most watched annual sporting event takes place this Sunday morning in Kiev, when Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid take on English stalwarts Liverpool for the UEFA Champions League Cup. Sports fans the world over want to get in on the action, including the stadium-overflowing amounts of Liverpool fans that call Australia home. If you're looking to catch the game - here's how to do that live, online and free.
SBS absolutely nailed getting sports coverage online right when it broadcast the 2014 World Cup. Good news if you're a cycling fanatic, because it's gearing up to do the same for this year's Tour De France.
In Australia, government-funded TV services do a much better job of meeting the needs of viewers. Echoing similar moves by the ABC, SBS has released an iOS app for viewing its On Demand catch-up service.
Understandably, what most people want to know about the budget is whether their wallets will get any fatter. That aside, one area where the budget has a surprising number of announcements is in TV and radio funding. Here are five elements to note.
From an Australian perspective, the most pertinent feature of the recent Xbox dashboard update was the promised addition of local media channels direct to the device. Two of those options have gone live today, with SBS On Demand and ninemsn video being added, along with YouTube. But what about ABC iView?
Xbox Live already offers a way to access selected Foxtel channels, but that doesn't come for free. So the announcement of plans to offer streaming services from the ABC (iView) and SBS (On Demand) to Australian customers is welcome news.
We feel virtuous when we send our electronics to be recycled rather than just dumping them, but what guarantees do we have that they're actually disposed off responsibly? A report on SBS' Dateline suggests that some Australian TVs and other unwanted goods are being illegally dumped in Ghana rather than carefully recycled.
Last week, SBS upgraded its digital transmitters around the country. The practical consequence? The station can now differentiate its broadcasts for different regional areas, offers full 720p resolution on its HD channel and now has a seven-day EPG. The downside? You might need to retune your set-top box, digital TV or PVR/media centre software to match the new requirements. If your equipment gives you grief in this respect, the SBS how-to linked below has contact details for most TV manufacturers.
SBS Digital Upgrade