SuperSport invites viewers into DStv’s greatest stadium in sports

The multi-platform offering will encompass all 64 matches and include 4K broadcasts, customized language options, an array of supplementary programming, various catch-up options, top guests and analysts and streaming choices.

SuperSport has undertaken retreats to Qatar in anticipation of the year’s most anticipated sporting event and will have an embedded crew reporting from the heart of the action for the duration of the event.

“Given the convenient kick-off times and the big-name teams, we are anticipating a massive television event,” said Marc Jury, chief executive of SuperSport. “This is far and away the biggest Fifa World Cup we are planning with a wealth of content supplemented by great guests and different viewing options. The entire viewing experience will set new standards for broadcast excellence.”

Unveiling plans today, MultiChoice executives detailed several elements that would contribute to making the 2023 World Cup a first-class viewing experience.

Presenters and guests

SuperSport will have an array of acclaimed presenters and analysts to break down the action and set the scene for what is to come.

Live match anchors will be the well-established trio of Julia Stuart, Thomas Mlambo and Mozez Praiz, while former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke and Carol Tshabalala will work the microphone directly from Qatar.

SuperSport will draw from its esteemed roster of local talent for live match analysis, namely Bongani Khumalo, Stanton Fredericks, Kalusha Bwalya, Phumudzo Manenzhe, Teko Modise and Amanda Dlamini.

International guests include an array of former African and European stars: Jay Okocha, Asamoah Gyan, Gaizka Mendieta, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Owen and Jaap Stam.

With vernacular commentary options available for the World Cup, there will be expert analysis from Zama Masondo (isiZulu), Veli Khumalo (isiZulu), Phumlani Miya (isiZulu), Reggie Ndlovu (isiZulu), Baba Mthethwa (Sesotho), Arnold Rankoko (Sesotho ), Maphale Moloi (Sesotho) and Tshepo Maimane (Setswana).

Digital

In what is expected to be a digitally-led World Cup, SuperSport will be partnering with a number of global social platforms as well as Fifa’s team to take fans inside the tournament like never before. Coverage will extend from the dressing room all the way to behind-the-scenes of SuperSport’s Randburg studio operation.

There will be interactive debates on Twitter, live spots on TikTok as well as full match coverage on all the major social networks.

In a special series leading up to the tournament, Mark Gleeson will take a look back at defining moments in Africa’s history at the World Cup – mostly personal recollections from Africa’s “walking encyclopaedia”. Gleeson has attended every World Cup since 1980.

Meanwhile, on SuperSport.com, the World Cup coincides perfectly with the launch of the all-new website. With a new look and enhanced features, the Qatar experience will be a real treat for football fans, as the new match centers provide an unrivaled online experience. And just like with the app, fans are able to personalize the site and receive their favorite content as they land on the home page.

Also coming in to play for the World Cup is a cool interactive element, as users who sign in are able to answer pop-up questions around all the games as they read and watch the content on the site. There is the chance to prove you are the football whiz, and accumulate points towards an overall World Cup leader board.

Catch Up

The DStv Catch Up service will include all 64 matches, plus eight-minute and 26-minute highlights.

There will be a dedicated World Cup section that includes magazine shows, with World Cup documentaries already available.

Showmax

Showmax Pro will bring viewers across the African continent all 64 games like they have never seen it before.

Viewers will be able to watch the best football in 4K resolution – a first for Africa’s homegrown streaming service.

The Showmax Pro plan allows subscribers to register up to five devices and stream simultaneously on two devices at the same time.

For a limited time, viewers in South Africa will also be able to stream Showmax Pro for a monthly fee of just R199 per month for mobile and R299 per month for Showmax Pro, meaning they can enjoy all the World Cup action at this reduced rate.

There are also multiple documentaries and magazine shows available to stream both on Showmax Pro and Showmax standard making Showmax Pro the ideal platform to enjoy all the action.

Magazine shows

SuperSport will broadcast five World Cup magazine shows regularly.

Marhaba Qatar – every Sunday morning at 9am and all six non-match days.

Masterplan – analysis show every Sunday at 10am and then at 2pm, after the group stage.

Super Saturday – will include live crossings and features from Qatar (9am).

World Cup Insights – Weekly conversations with top guests in Doha.

SuperPicks TV show – Supports the all-new SuperPicks platform powered by SuperSport & BetKing where everyone above the age of 18 can play sports games for free and win real money.

Additionally, short-form content will include the moment of the day and Qatar 360, an eye-catching montage set to music of sights, sounds and the fans.

Magazine show presenters: Lwazi Ziqubu – Marhaba; Lindiwe Nxumalo – Marhaba; Chisom Ezeoke – SuperPicks; Thato Moeng – SuperPicks; Neil Andrews – Super Saturday; Anele Mdoda – Super Saturday.

Magazine show guests: Matthew Booth, Dikgang Mabalane, Jimmie Akinsola and Josta Dladla.

Build-up programming

Pre-World Cup (from November 6), the SS PSL and SS Football channels will be renamed Fifa World Cup Central, a 24-hour World Cup channel featuring classic games, Fifa documentaries, Fifa films, Road To Qatar, World Cup magazine show , Moment of Truth (10 episodes), Qatar Prepares, 2022 Fifa World Cup – The Journey, The Story of the World Cup, Football’s Greatest Stage, Countdown To Qatar, Fifa – When The World Watched, Fifa World Cup Moments, Once in a Lifetime – 2010, One to Eleven (documentary).

Languages

SuperSport’s World Cup broadcasts will be available in multiple languages, customized per region:
Nigeria: English, Pidgin, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo.
Rest of Africa: English, Swahili, KiSwahili, Twi, Luganda.
Ethiopia: Amharic, English.
Maximo: Portuguese, English.
South Africa: English, Zulu, Setswana, Sotho, Portuguese.

Packages

Additionally, SuperSport’s offering will include World Cup action for Access and Family subscribers (via SuperSport LaLiga, DStv Channel 204).

Twenty group matches, four rounds of 16 matches, two quarterfinals, both semifinals, the third-place playoff and the final will be broadcast on the channel.

Technology

SuperSport will for the first time broadcast an entire World Cup in 4K, although High Definition remains a popular choice.

4K is ultra-high definition and lends itself to fast-action sport with every moment of every match to be displayed in brilliant detail.

Viewers who watch via their decoder will require an Explora Ultra, a 4K television (connected with the HDMI supplied with the decoder) and either a Premium, Compact Plus or Compact subscription.

Viewers who stream the tournament, either via Showmax Pro or DStv, will also be able to do so in 4K, provided they have a 4K television and either a Premium, Compact Plus or Compact subscription.

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DStv Premium

All 64 matches live
All in 4K
24-hour World Cup channel

DStv Catch Up – highlights of all 64 matches (40 minutes after each match ends)

DStv Compact Plus

All 64 matches live
All in 4K
24-hour World Cup channel
DStv Catch Up – highlights of all 64 matches (40 minutes after each match ends)

DStv Compact

All 64 matches live
All in 4K
24-hour World Cup channel
DStv Catch Up – highlights of all 64 matches (40 minutes after each match ends)

DStv Family

30 live matches, including opening match, semifinals and final
Highlights
24-hour World Cup channel – repeats, magazine shows, etc

DStv Access

30 live matches, including opening match, semifinals and final
Highlights
24-hour World Cup color channel

DStv EasyView

24-hour rolling news coverage with emphasis on Fifa World Cup

ROA

DStv Premium

All 64 matches live
All in 4K
24-hour World Cup channel

DStv Catch Up – highlights of all 64 matches (40 minutes after each match ends)

DStv Compact Plus
All 64 matches live
All in 4K
24-hour World Cup channel
DStv Catch Up – highlights of all 64 matches (40 minutes after each match ends)

DStv Compact

56 live matches
Full studio presentation
24-hour World Cup channel
Vernacular commentary

DStv Access

30 live matches, including opening match, semifinals and final
All African teams
24-hour World Cup channel

GOtv channels ROA

GOtv LITE

24-hour rolling sports news coverage with emphasis on Fifa World Cup

GOtv PLUS

30 live matches, including opening match, semifinals and final
All African teams
24-hour World Cup channel

GOtv SOUP

24-hour World Cup channel
64 live matches
Vernacular commentary

GOtv LITE (pop-up channel)

24-hour World Cup color channel

Maximo

56 matches live on Max2 – Grande (matches to be simulcast on Max1)
Simultaneous kick-offs on max3 (30 matches)
Max360 – 24-hour dedicated fan channel
Portuguese commentary on all matches
One-hour dedicated studio build-up and wrap featuring local and international analysts
Dedicated magazine show from November 1
Fifa archives and build-up content from November 1