Optus calls for level sports rights field

By AdNews | 14 February 2012

Optus chief executive Paul O'Sullivan has asked local sports bodies to make their matches available to all telcos at the same price, and voiced concern about Australians being denied access to new technologies.

O'Sullivan told The Sydney Morning Herald that Australia should not “allow the digital future to be dictated to by an interest group”.

Telstra, the AFL and the NRL are appealing the Federal Court's recent decision on Optus' TV Now service, which deemed that Optus had not breached copyright by allowing users to record sports matches online.

O'Sullivan told The Australian Financial Review that it would be “wrong to say to Australians they would be denied any right to watch digital content on any device, anywhere just as anywhere else in the world can”.

The Optus chief executive has also called for the rules of internet and mobile TV broadcasting in Australia to be changed to match overseas trends.

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