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SuperSportSuperSport is a South African group of television channels owned by Multichoice and carried on the DStv satellite platform. Watch SuperSport Tv Channel, It is the leading sports provider in South Africa, Africa and, considering its massive amount of content, the world. It also provides sports coverage in many other African countries.

SuperSport has by far the largest variety of sports on a single sports broadcaster. This includes most of the major sporting events and leagues of rugby, cricket, football, golf, tennis, motorsport, cycling, boxing, wrestling, athletics. It is the world’s biggest broadcaster of live rugby and cricket and also the world’s biggest Premier League broadcaster, broadcasting every match live and, where possible, in HD through the Premier League’s Content Service Sr.

Apart from its satellite channels, SuperSport also feeds content to M-Net, CSN and,although now a rarity, M-Net HD.



History

Born in South Africa, executive Koos Bekker completed his MBA from Columbia University in 1984 and returned to his home country thereafter. During his studies, he had carefully followed the rise of pay television in the United States, convinced that the model could work in South Africa.

Back in South Africa, Bekker convinced Nasionale Pers (now Naspers) of the idea and a consortium was formed with other media companies, including the defunct Perskor, the Argus Group (now Independent Media) and Johnnic Communications (now Avusa). The South African government was persuaded to award M-Net a broadcasting license, as Nasionale Pers’s advertising revenue had shrunk dramatically since the launch of television in 1976. Since Naspers broadly supported the National Party’s policies, the government had good reason to support the venture.

In 1986, M-Net was launched as South Africa’s first pay-television channel and, along with Canal+, only the second outside of the United States. The channel immediately showed its intention to include sport in its programming lineup, by securing exclusive rights of an important Currie Cup match between Transvaal and Western Province for its first ever broadcast. From 1988, sports coverage on M-Net ran under the banner of M-Net SuperSport.

As M-Net became more successful, M-Net SuperSport expanded its range of coverage, including live overseas rugby, cricket, golf, boxing and cycling. Following South Africa’s readmission into international cricket, SuperSport scored another marketing coup by securing exclusive rights to the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

When rugby finally turned professional in 1995, a deal was struck between the newly-formed SANZAR and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. In South Africa, SuperSport was awarded exclusive broadcasting rights of the Super 12 competition, as well as the Tri Nations. Following this deal, rugby slowly died on the SABC, while SuperSport slowly become the world’s premier carrier of live rugby broadcasts.

At the same time, Naspers expanded its pay-television operations to a satellite carrier. With the launch of DStv in 1995, SuperSport transformed into a multi-channel network and an independent brand, although it was still primarily associated with M-Net. The network made full use of the satellite platform to expand its sports offering: For the Olympic Games, six channels are generally dedicated to live events, making SuperSport one of the biggest Olympic broadcasters in the world.

In 2007, the SABC lost its exclusive rights to the local Premier Soccer League (PSL) to SuperSport, in a deal worth R1.6 billion. Although the deal stipulated that some matches had to be shared with the SABC, the public broadcaster was dealt a psychological blow by this move.In August 2011, SuperSport renewed its contract with the PSL for another five years.

Since 2011, SuperSport’s association with M-Net began to fade, when M-Net split its terrestrial feed from its DStv channel. DStv viewers can no longer watch sports events on M-Net, although terrestrial subscribers still get feeds on the main channel, as well as the Community Services Network (CSN).

List of channels

  • SuperSport HD 1
  • SuperSport HD 2
  • SuperSport HD 3
  • SuperSport HD 4
  • SuperSport Blitz
  • SuperSport 1
  • SuperSport 2
  • SuperSport 3 (South Africa)
  • SuperSport 3A (Rest of Africa)
  • SuperSport 3N (Nigeria)
  • SuperSport 4 (Not available in Nigeria)
  • SuperSport 5
  • SuperSport 5N
  • Supersport 5A
  • SuperSport 6
  • SuperSport 7 (South Africa)
  • SuperSport Maximo
  • Supersport Action(Exclusive to DStv Select)

Supersport Live Events (Only on DStv Mobile 3g)

All channels below are not available in South Africa

  • SuperSport 7N
  • Supersport 7A
  • SuperSport 9
  • SuperSport 10
  • SuperSport Maximo 2
  • Select Sports (Formally SuperSport Select)

Broadcasting rights

Multi-sport events

  • Olympic Games
  • Winter Olympic Games
  • Commonwealth Games
  • All Africa Games

Cricket

Domestic

  • International cricket in South Africa
  • 1 Day Cup
  • T20 Domestic Series

International

  • ICC Cricket World Cup
  • ICC Champions Trophy
  • Indian Premier League
  • Stanbic Bank 20 Series
  • Champions League Twenty20
  • International cricket in Australia
  • International cricket in Bangladesh
  • International cricket in England
  • International cricket in India
  • International cricket in New Zealand
  • International cricket in Pakistan
  • International cricket in Sri Lanka
  • International cricket in West Indies
  • International cricket in Zimbabwe

Soccer

Domestic

  • Premier Soccer League
  • Nedbank Cup
  • Telkom Knockout
  • MTN 8
  • Telkom Charity Cup
  • National First Division

International

  • FIFA World Cup
  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Europa League
  • Premier League
  • FA Cup
  • League Cup
  • The Championship (South Africa only)
  • La Liga
  • Serie A
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • Bundesliga
  • Girabola
  • Kenyan Premier League
  • Kagame Interclub Cup

Rugby

  • Super Rugby
  • Tri Nations
  • Six Nations Championship
  • Currie Cup
  • Vodacom Cup
  • Varsity Cup
  • French Top 14
  • Guinness Premiership
  • Heineken Cup

Golf

  • The Masters
  • U.S Open
  • The Open Championship
  • PGA Championship
  • PGA Tour
  • European Tour
  • Sunshine Tour
  • Nedbank Golf Challenge

Tennis

  • Wimbledon
  • Roland Garros
  • Australian Open
  • U.S. Open
  • ATP World Tour
  • WTA Tour

Motorsport

  • Formula One
  • MotoGP
  • Superbike World Championship

Cycling

  • Tour de France

Boxing

  • HBO World Championship Boxing

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