SuperSport (TV channel)

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SuperSport
Supersport2012.jpg
Channel logo as of July 2012
Launched 1988 as Sports segment on M-Net, 1995 as a single complete channel.
Owned by Naspers
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan World of champions
Country South Africa
Language English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Portuguese and Zulu
Broadcast area Africa
Affiliates Sky Sports, ESPN
Headquarters Johannesburg, South Africa
Formerly called M-Net SuperSport (1988 to 1994)
Website www.supersport.com
Availability
Terrestrial
M-Net M-Net (as a sports feed during important events)
CSN
Satellite
DStv Channels 200 - 247
IPTV
DStv IPTV Service Channels 200 - 247
Streaming media
www.supersport.com Live SuperSport Streaming online

SuperSport is a South African group of television channels owned by Multichoice and carried on the DStv satellite platform. It is the leading sports provider in South Africa, Africa and, considering its massive amount of content, the world.[1] 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 football, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf, 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.[2]

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

History[edit]

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 became 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.[peacock term] 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).

A Premier Soccer League team bears the channel's name. SuperSport United F.C. was originally known as Pretoria City but bought by M-Net in 1995 after which it was renamed.

List of channels[edit]

  • 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 7A (not available in South Africa)
  • SuperSport 7N (not available in South Africa)
  • SuperSport 8
  • SuperSport 9
  • SuperSport 9E (not available in South Africa)
  • SuperSport HD 1
  • SuperSport HD 2
  • SuperSport HD 3
  • SuperSport HD 4
  • SuperSport HD 5
  • SuperSport HD 6
  • SuperSport 7 HD
  • SuperSport Blitz
  • Supersport Select (South Africa and Benin)
  • SuperSport Select 1 (not available in South Africa)
  • SuperSport Select 2 (not available in South Africa)
  • SuperSport Maximo 1
  • SuperSport Maximo 2 (not available in South Africa)
  • SuperSport Maximo 360 (not available in South Africa)
  • Tellytrack
  • SuperSport Live Events (only on DStv Mobile 3g)

SuperSport 1[edit]

SuperSport 1 is the channel which focuses mainly on rugby matches. It shows all South African rugby matches live. SuperSport 1 also telecasts highlights of other sports such as athletics, golf, motorsports, and NFL American football specifically Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football.

SuperSport 2[edit]

SuperSport 2 primarily shows Cricket. All international cricket involving the South African national cricket team, as well as certain domestic cricket, is shown on this channel. This channel also broadcasts other sport such as Motorsports including Formula One and World Rally Championship, motorcycle racing including MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship and Cycling.

SuperSport 3[edit]

SuperSport 3 is a 24 hour dedicated soccer channel, the first of its kind in Africa. SuperSport has the exclusive rights of telecasting the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, the FA Cup and other major soccer tournaments, ensuring the channel always has fresh content. The 2010 FIFA World Cup which was held in South Africa was also shown primarily on this channel.

SuperSport 4[edit]

Before the launch of what is today known as Supersport Blitz, this was the broadcaster's highlights channel.

SuperSport 4 focuses mainly on domestic soccer matches in South Africa and other African countries through live broadcasts, magazine shows and highlights. They now show Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of their "Supa Diski" shows. The channel also shows many PSL themed news and talk shows under the "PSL TV" brand. These shows air at least one new show nightly. They include Exxtra Time, Back Pages, Mzansi Legends, National First Division Show, PSL News, Thursday Night Live With Robert Marawa, Love PSL and various club magazine shows. All local matches have Zulu with most having Sotho as well.

When Supersport acquired the rights to BundesLiga football, this channel became its primary broadcaster, pending whether local football receives first privilege. Supersport is also currently embarking on a local boxing revival program and these programs air live on this channel, though PSL always get first privilege.

As this channel is locally orientated and is included on the Compact bouquet, all sporting events involving a national team airs highlights here and also other events of national interest.

SuperSport 5[edit]

SuperSport 5 broadcasts different sports such as Golf, Motorsport, Tennis, swimming, athletics etc. It shows matches live as well as highlights. It also shows soccer when there is an overflow from the Supersport 3 channel.

SuperSport 6[edit]

SuperSport 6 is an alternate Cricket channel. When there are two or more cricket matches at the same time, the other match is shown on this channel. It also broadcasts Motorsport, athletics and a variety of other sports and magazine shows. It also shows niche soccer leagues like Serie A and French Ligue 1, with the exception of English soccer. During the Olympics, this is the primary channel for Olympic coverage.

SuperSport 7[edit]

SuperSport 7 also broadcasts a variety of sports including boxing, soccer, athletics, Motorsport, Golf, Tennis. It broadcasts matches live as well as shows and highlights. SuperSport 7 also broadcast La Liga and Premier League matches.

SuperSport Blitz[edit]

SuperSport Blitz is the channel which broadcasts news and updates regarding different sports from around the world. It was originally called Supersport Update with news in a longer format to that which it is now. This channel is designed to update the people who missed the live broadcasts. They broadcast updates regarding scores and results of matches. When there is more than one PSL match available, the other will be shown here.

SuperSport HD 1[edit]

SuperSport HD 1 was the first HD TV channel on the African continent. It launched with the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and aired exclusively Olympic content. At the end of the tournament, the channel was shut down and made into being a feature on M-Net HD. However, it soon returned on its own, though not initially for a full 24 hour schedule. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the Rugby World Cup, this channel was made exclusively available to that particular sports.

SuperSport HD 2[edit]

This channel launched during the 2010 Soccer World Cup to handle the overflow games and other sports which could no longer be put on the other channel during the tournament. After the tournament, this channel ceased broadcasting original content and simply relayed content from the Premier League Content Service, just being christened by an onscreen logo bearing the Supersport name. When Supersort HD 3 launched, this channel started broadcasting independent content again.

SuperSport HD 3[edit]

SuperSport HD 3 is an exclusive 24 hour Premier League HD channel, offering live-matches, classic matches, highlights, news, preview and review straight from the Premier League in HD.[3]

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Multi-sport events[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Domestic[edit]

International[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Domestic[edit]

International[edit]

Rugby[edit]

Golf[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Boxing[edit]

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