The SABC is closer to launching a new dedicated sports channel.
That’s after agreeing a deal that will see eMedia’s satellite service, Openview, broadcast its channels.
Under the agreement, Openview will carry SABC 1, 2 and 3, the SABC’s 19 radio stations, and three additional channels. Openview customers will have access to HD broadcasts all across the country.
Ian Plaatjes, Chief Operations Officer at the SABC, said: “This agreement enables the SABC to grow its channel offering and reach into the digital broadcasting space with three additional HD television channels. The first channel to be launched will be the SABC Sports Channel and will be distributed simultaneously across Openview, DTT, Telkom One and other streaming platforms.”
The deal follows on from the SABC’s acquisition of free-to-air Bundesliga rights in South Africa for the next two seasons in September last year, and, more recently, access to French Top 14 rugby. The SABC also holds rights for the Olympic Games and a handful of SAFA’s properties and the top-tier Premier Soccer League.
It was reported last year that the SABC would launch a standalone sports channel.