iiNet subs to get live English soccer games for free

Broadband subscribers to get four live matches from English Premier League every week, building on iiNet's current free download traffic of over 70,000 GB a month.

iiNet announced on Wednesday that its broadband customers will be able to watch up to four live matches every round of the 2008/09 Barclays English Premier League for free, or as iiNet put it "for sweet FA".

The ISP is offering customers up to four live EPL games every round, in addition to up to five recorded matches available within six hours of the final whistle, at no additional charge and bearing no impact on their monthly quota.

iiNet CEO Michael Malone said the company is excited to be the first ISP offering the EPL unmetered, and at no additional charge.

"Being able to provide great content like the Barclays Premier League matches completely quota-free means our customers can now get more value out of their monthly quota," he said.

Malone said the ISP is currently offering over 70,000 GB per month in freezone traffic for its customers.

Over 200 EPL matches will be made available via iiNet live online streams, building on the company's original deal with Foxtel to provide five matches within six hours of the final whistle during the latter half of last season.

Malone said the success of that sample, which drew north of 200 customers per match, pleased Foxtel which didn't view its success as a threat to the pay TV market but rather an extra channel to market to.

"If you look at it from Foxtel's point of view, they don't really care about how their content gets to the customer. Particularly if you have customers in areas like Sydney with a lot of high density dwellings where customers can't get Foxtel at all. But they can get broadband, and that is a market of maybe a million households that could [potentially] get the full range of Foxtel content via their broadband connection."

Malone said iiNet wasn't intending to generate revenue out of the deal, but rather saw the offering as a means to attract more customers to iiNet and make existing subscribers happier through exciting, diverse and free content.

The live matches stream in standard definition at speeds between 512Kbps to 1Mbps.

"While you could watch it at 512Kbps I'd say it would be a very uncomfortable experience. Realistically you want 1.5Mbps or better," Malone said.

"Particularly with the time difference, the Barclays Premier League offering through iiNet is perfect for fans wishing to stay in touch with the season as it unfolds around the clock."

The EPL kicks off on Saturday August 16 with Arsenal taking on newly promoted Championship winners West Bromwich Albion at Emirates stadium

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Andrew Hendry

Show Comments

Cool Tech

D-Link PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Network Kit

Learn more >

D-Link TAIPAN AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Modem Router (DSL-4320L)

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Crucial® BX200 SATA 2.5” 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive

Learn more >

Xiro Drone Xplorer V -3 Axis Gimbal & 1080p Full HD 14MP Camera

Learn more >

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q – Reign beyond virtual world

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things


Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

ASUS VivoPC VM62 - Incredibly Powerful, Unbelievably Small

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Best Deals on Good Gear Guide

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.


Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?