On Monday, a deal between the parent company of DStv, Multichoice Group (MCG) and the Walt Disney Company Africa was signed to add ESPN to sports channels.
This deal means that there will be a 24-hour availability of ESPN channels to DStv subscribers from Wednesday, July 29. This will feature every major US sport, as well as European football including live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as local sports including the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations and featured boxing tournaments and events.
The company stated that DStv subscribers can look forward to the much-anticipated return of the NBA from July 31 with two live games on the day.
Mr Calvo Mawela, Multichoice Group CEO said, “As Africa’s leading video entertainment platform, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensure that we continue to find the best available content to delight our customers, both now and into the future.”
He further said, “We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a nerve-ending selection of outstanding entertainment.
“In addition to being the home of American sports, ESPN is equally well-known for its dedication to great storytelling, something we as Africa’s most-loved storyteller can identify with.”
The Senior Vice President and Country Manager of the Walt Disney Company Africa, Ms Christine Service stated, “From reliving the greatest moments in sports history to seeing those moments being made, ESPN’s compelling content and unique personality will be a complementary addition to Multichoice Group’s sports offering.
“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.”
As the home of sports on the globe, this deal allows the company to provide a larger sports offering than ever before.