MultiChoice signs deal to add ESPN to DStv sports offering

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South African sports fans can now watch US sports on DStv as from 29 July, MultiChoice Group announced in a statement on Monday.

MultiChoice said it had signed an agreement with The Walt Disney Company Africa to bring ESPN and ESPN2 24-hour channels to DStv viewers across Africa.

ESPN DStv offering

The ESPN DStv offering will include “every major US sport as well as European football,” the group said. These include National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB).

Fans will also be able to watch live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie and Major League Soccer (MLS).

African sports events such as the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations and selected boxing tournaments are also part of the package.

MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela said the group remains committed to finding “the best available content to delight our customers.”

“We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a never-ending selection of outstanding entertainment,” he added.

Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, also hailed ESPN’s “complementary addition” to DStv.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the achievements and triumphs of both international and local athletes, our quality storytelling and innovative programming to a whole new audience of sports fans in Africa,” she said.

Broadcast details

In addition to live sports, ESPN will also offer sports films, series, news, talk shows and highlights from its sports documentary and studio programming.

Basketball fans can get right into it on 31 July with the return of NBA as LA Lakers face LA Clippers. New York Yankees will also tackle the Philadelphia Phillies in MLB on 29 July.

Viewers can get ESPN DStv broadcast details at https://africa.espn.com. Alternatively, they may follow @ESPNAfrica on Twitter.

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