DSTV rescues Sub-Saharan Africa with live Premier League

KAMPALA - After the liquidation of Gateway Television Services (GTV) last week, South African based Supersport have stepped in fast and secured the priority A rights to screen most of the Barclays Premier League live games.

KAMPALA - After the liquidation of Gateway Television Services (GTV) last week, South African based Supersport have stepped in fast and secured the priority A rights to screen most of the Barclays Premier League live games.

The liquidation of GTV (had Premier league rights) last week caused pain to football loving Africans who kept praying for a miracle to happen.

“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.”

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 for the remainder of the 2008/2009 season and for the whole of next season.

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’.

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