Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Multichoice Takes Over GTV Premiership Rights

Multichoice has announced that its SuperSport has secured the licence to the Barclays Premier League Live Package A and will be showing these matches on SuperSport from this weekend.

A release from the South African satelite broadcaster this morning said SuperSport already held both Live Package A & B rights for South Africa and Live Package B rights for the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa and with this deal has now secured all Premier League live rights till June 2010.

"SuperSport is proud of its long association with the Premier League and has a long history of showcasing the finest club soccer on its range of channels," the release said.

"We are pleased that Barclays Premier League supporters on the continent will continue to enjoy the best of the league," said SuperSport Chief Executive Imtiaz Patel. "We are delighted to have Package A matches in the SuperSport fold. We'll continue to deliver the very best in sports broadcasting."

"Viewers in Africa will immediately benefit, with a number of appetising Barclays Premier League fixtures - a live triple-header this Saturday and another big match on Sunday," the release added.

Eben Greyling President of MultiChoice said "We have over 20 years experience in pay television in Africa and have built up a business which is sustainable in the long term. Our track record of providing premium content to DStv subscribers is unmatched and the return of all Premier League matches will further enhance our premium offering."

Premier League Director of Media Operations, Phil Lines, said: 'We are very pleased to have been able to move quickly and reach an agreement with SuperSport that means our matches will remain available for viewing by Premier League fans across sub-Sahara Africa with the minimum of disruption'

MultiChoice will offer discounted DStv decoders to former GTV subscribers wishing to view these Barclays Premier League matches.

Existing satellite dishes of GTV subscribers are compatible with DStv decoders and will simply need to be re-pointed by an accredited DStv installer . 

GTV is a subsidiary of the UK-based Gateway Broadcast Services.  Multichoice is a subsidiary of Africa's largest pay tv company Naspers Limited.

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