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New app for SuperSport fans

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SuperSport has launched its new app, designed to provide users with a fresh, modern experience that makes content discovery easier.

Navigation has been refined with all the standards – live scoring, fixtures, results, tables, news and short-form video highlights – still available.

The major difference, however, is that SuperSport’s live channel streaming is now hosted at the DStv Now app, ensuring the breadth of DStv’s channel offerings is contained at a single destination.

This will ensure the best viewing experience as DStv Now has been optimally set up to provide the best support and stability for live streaming.

Users of the SuperSport app needn’t be concerned – they will be automatically redirected to the DStv Now app in the event of them seeking live sports streaming.

Log-in requirements remain the same as before with users needing to use their DStv log-in details, which require their smart-card number.

Navigation is simple in DStv Now, with users simply having to click on the drop-down menu to “live TV” and then locate their preferred channel.

The SuperSport app is available to all users (both DStv and non-DStv subscribers), although live streaming is available only to Premium, Compact and Compact Plus subscribers using their connect ID’s.

As the live-streaming technology sits in the DStv Now app, users must download it. Both the DStv Now and SuperSport apps are available for iOS and Android devices.

Content is free on the apps, but data charges apply.

The SuperSport app is available in all countries. However, only sub-Saharan African countries, where SuperSport’s satellite services are available, will have access to the video highlights.

Unlike the SuperSport app, the DStv Now app is only available in DStv-enabled countries (sub-Saharan Africa).

The SuperSport channels available on the DStv Now app include SuperSport Blitz (channel 200) through to channel 212.

SuperSport renews PSL rights

SuperSport has been awarded South Africa’s Premier Soccer League rights following a public tender process.

SuperSport will thus continue to broadcast the PSL for another five years, further strengthening a partnership that dates back 10 years.

“We are delighted to have been successful with our bid,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “The decision allows us to further entrench an outstanding soccer product in the hearts and minds of supporters across the continent. We must thank and acknowledge the PSL for entrusting us with their product.”

Khobane added: “Having recently celebrated our 10-year partnership with the PSL, this is a tremendous opportunity to further help grow and nourish the sport. This agreement will do much for South African football, for footballers and indeed their families.”

Innovation has been at the core of SuperSport’s partnership and this renewal will see such initiatives not only continue but thrive.

PSL matches are a cornerstone of the SuperSport broadcast business, chiefly because the league is vibrant, competitive and hugely popular. Capturing its essence week in and week out has been a challenge SuperSport has faithfully grasped.

“We will continue to walk this amazing path with the PSL,” said Khobane. “SuperSport looks forward to an enduring partnership with the PSL.”

2023 World Cup announcement live on SuperSport

The announcement of the candidate country for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be
broadcast live on Wednesday on SuperSport 1, SS10 and CSN from 14h30.

South Africa, recently confirmed as the preferred host nation, will be up against France
and Ireland.

The announcement will be made by World Rugby from London where South Africa will be
represented by senior members of government and SA Rugby.

SuperSport goes VR for Bok game

As the Springboks chase a series win against France in Durban on Saturday, SuperSport will mark a first by offering a virtual reality stream from inside Growthpoint King’s Park.

The 360-degree views will be broadcast on SuperSport’s Facebook and YouTube pages and will feature action from inside the stadium in the build-up with a view of supporters and action from in the stands.

YouTube will have an alternative stream to see more of the stadium from strategic points around the field. There will be also be pre- and post-match feeds as well as in-game footage.

Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport says: “With rapid advances in technology, this was an inevitable move. We hope this adds to the richness of the traditional broadcast and look forward to seeing the results.”

Other packaged content from the day will be published on SuperSport social media platforms on Monday and any match footage will be geo-blocked to Sub-Saharan Africa.

New SuperSport channel line-up coming soon

SuperSport has introduced a new channel line-up to give sport lovers more viewing experience and make it easy for fans to find their favourite sport.

DStv customers can look forward to 14 SuperSport and one eSports channel, with less duplication of sports across channels and more predictable scheduling.

Viewers on all packages can also look forward to a rebranded SuperSport Select, now on SS10; and DStv Extra customers will get more sports channels on SS7 and SS8.

Football fans can follow La Liga on SS7 exclusively, SS12 and on the new channel which will become a permanent events channel.

“We believe that these changes will give our customers an even better viewing experience, making it easier to navigate our wide variety of sports in the back-to-back channels. As there will be less duplication and repeats of sport, and no impact on live events, the overall sport viewing will be enhanced,’ says Gideon Khobane, CEO for SuperSport.

eSports is growing in popularity, so GINX eSports TV that is currently available on DStv Now, will find a home on DStv channel 240. DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers will be able to enjoy all their sports action on this channel.

SS8 is currently in SD and will change to HD, while SS Blitz, SS1-9, SS11 and GINX eSports TV are already in HD.

This new channel line-up will take effect on 4 July 2017.

“SuperSport is still the home of the best sporting action on the African continent,’ Khobane reassured fans.

DStv customers can go to the DStv or SuperSport websites to see how the sports are allocated across the different SuperSport channels.

SuperSport goes live on Facebook

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SuperSport’s streaming service will take on another exciting dimension this week with its first live TV broadcast on Facebook.

With a total social audience of more than 14 million, SuperSport is widening its digital reach by offering a live stream of the Varsity Football Final between TUT and UJ on Thursday 22 September from 17h15 (CAT).

This is a first for SuperSport, making TV content available for free on SuperSport’s Football Facebook page, one of the biggest on the continent.

“SuperSport has built a massive community of engaged sport fans and we are excited by the possibilities of this step,’ said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “The digital broadcast landscape is fast changing, not least in the voracious consumption of video. We hope this appeals to people on the move and unable to watch on the traditional television platform.”

“We encourage varsity sports fans who can’t get to a TV to join the live stream and show their support for their team.’

Khobane assured that SuperSport will continue to explore various streaming options on multiple digital platforms, including SuperSport.com.

Khobane’s elation was shared by Francois Pienaar, founder of Varsity Sports. “We’re very excited by the latest developments by our broadcast partners, SuperSport, to allow for live streaming on their Facebook page. This is a first for us and we believe this will open Varsity Football to a much wider audience.’

Catch the Varsity Football final – TUT vs UJ – LIVE on Thursday on SS4, SS-Select SA and the SuperSport Football Facebook page at 17h15 (CAT). The feed will only be made available in Sub-Saharan Africa.

ELeague launches on SuperSport with live cross-platform coverage

With competitive gaming growing in popularity, SuperSport has signed up to broadcast ELeague, featuring 18 elite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the globe competing over 10 weeks from a state-of-the-art arena in Atlanta.

Debuting this week, the league is offering a staggering $1,2-million in prize money for the season.

International teams include among them Mousesports, Luminosity Gaming, Virtus.pro, Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

“ELeague is at the forefront of eSport and we’re looking forward to charting this new frontier on both digital and television platforms,’ said Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport. “Our debut broadcast of eSport earlier this year was very well received throughout the gaming community. Over 200 million people watch eSport annually – we hope to add to that impressive number.’

The early-week action (Monday to Thursday) will be streamed live on the SuperSport website with the final nights of each week’s league play being broadcast live on SuperSport from the US early on Saturday mornings.

The competition runs through June and July and concludes with the global championship on 30 July 2016.

“ELeague is a global competition showcasing some of the best teams around the world and we’re committed to providing best-in-class coverage across all platforms in all countries,’ said Craig Barry, EVP and chief content officer of Turner Sports. “This global approach to distributing eSport content is reflective of the worldwide community that so passionately supports it.’

SuperSport upgrades two OB trucks with compact audio desks

Calrec Audio, a company specialising in audio mixing for on-air and live production,
has installed two Summa consoles, the newest in its line-up of advanced digital
audio consoles, to replace the other audio desks in SuperSport’s smaller OB-7 and
OB-8 units. Having standardised its fleet of large OB trucks on Calrec, the small OB
trucks will be used for sports coverage throughout South Africa.

Johan van Tonder, technical operations manager at SuperSport Outside Broadcast
commented, “OB vans are becoming more and more sophisticated, and space is
always an issue, but perhaps even more so in small units. They must be able to
deliver the same level of quality as their larger counterparts in a smaller
footprint.’

Anthony Harrison, Calrec’s international sales manager added, “Our customers and
other broadcasters were asking for a console that was every bit as robust as our
Apollo and Artemis consoles, but with a smaller surface, fewer resources, and an
intuitive GUI with a small learning curve. That was the motivation behind the
Summa console. The fact that we’ve delivered 20 of them since July tells us that
demand is high for a more compact alternative to our other popular consoles.

Progressive broadcasters like SuperSport, our first Summa customer in South
Africa, are helping Calrec to gain a foothold in the market for small OB units.”

Launched in September 2013 with a 180-channel capacity, Summa is also available
in a 128-channel version as an alternative for broadcasters who do not require the
larger channel count of the original Summa console. Both versions offer broadcast-focused facilities presented on a straightforward control surface with a highly
intuitive GUI, making it suitable for a broad range of operator levels. Operators
control the console via a 17-inch multi-touch screen inspired by familiar tablet
technology using established finger gestures. Summa 128 has been designed for
live broadcast applications with a clear focus on ease of operation, allowing fast and
easy access to controls to make it easy to create captivating broadcast audio. On
Summa, even complex workflow tasks such as creating mix-minus feeds are
simplified.

The console uses Calrec’s Bluefin2 technology at its core, along with the same
Hydra2 router technology that is integral to Calrec’s other Bluefin2 consoles –
technologies that are in use 24 hours a day at hundreds of facilities around the
globe.

SuperSport upgrades its OB fleet with EVS XT3

SuperSport is the leading sports provider in Africa and one of the biggest in the
world. Based in South Africa and part of the MultiChoice satellite broadcaster, it
covers major sporting events spanning football, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf, motor
sports, cycling, boxing, wrestling and athletics.

As part of our “total coverage’ vision, we have a thriving production arm, which
provides comprehensive coverage of these major regional events. This includes a
large in-house fleet of outside broadcast trucks, designed primarily for live sports
broadcasting.

One of the core elements of sports broadcasting is the ability to provide multiple
replays of the key action, including super slow-motion replays, using cameras which
shoot at three times the normal frame rate. To achieve this, outside broadcast
trucks are today equipped with state-of-the-art servers capable of capturing every
camera feed and replaying any channel instantly.

By far the market leader in providing these live production servers is Belgian
company EVS, whose products are used in trucks and studio complexes around the
world. We were already a long-time EVS user, and we’ve now upgraded our outside
broadcast fleet with a large number of EVS’ new generation XT3 servers. Each of
these supports eight channels of HD or six 3D/1080p video channels.

Our largest trucks are fitted with as many as six XT3 servers, enabling us to
capture the output of 20 cameras or more, including super slow motion cameras. In
total, we’ve upgraded seven trucks with XT3s. And we’ll also use one XT3 in our
upgraded training centre, which replicates a real-world outside broadcast unit and
can double up as an extra OB truck.

The upgrade enables us to satisfy our production requirements today – the need for
extra channels and storage capacity now is fundamental – and gives us the ability
to future-proof for 4K recording tomorrow. It gives us the peace of mind of knowing
that we can benefit from the expanded capabilities of the XT3 whenever we want in
the future.

The XT3 also integrates seamlessly with key EVS production tools such as the
IPDirector live production asset management suite and XFile3 for easy and efficient
search, retrieval, transcoding and back-up of content from one interface. The EVS
MultiReview solution is a real asset, as it gives our production teams the ability to
browse multiple camera angles simultaneously in low resolution and quickly select
clips for instant replays. Directors really appreciate this bird’s eye view of a live
production!

The XT3 is controlled by the EVS LSM control panel, a familiar and intuitive panel
used by a large number of operators, who have become highly skilled with it. It can
also be used in conjunction with LSM Connect, a tablet-based solution for clips and
playlist management.

OB6, one of our largest trucks, also has the Epsio Live sports graphic tool loaded on
its XT3 server. Fully integrated with the LSM remote control panel, Epsio Live allows
graphic overlays, like the offside line in football, to be added in real time or to
instant replays. This saves on additional kit and operators, and makes replays more
informative without a whole load of complex routing. All of the new functionality,
including Epsio Live, is carried out from the LSM panel, allowing us to introduce new
tools as we need them without extensive retraining.

Critical for us with the upgrade was to ensure we were future-ready. The XT3 gives
us that confidence as it’s equipped with up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and
powerful recording capabilities built in. This gives us huge flexibility and allows us
to benefit from high-performance connections between a truck on site and the
broadcaster’s base operation. This means that post-production tasks like highlights
packages and post-game analysis can be carried out remotely, which is important
as it minimises the number of staff needed on location.

When a broadcaster is called SuperSport, viewers clearly expect the very best in
production values. The EVS XT3 upgrade will allow us to continue to push the
boundaries of what’s possible in sports coverage, adding value, insight and
creativity to the audience viewing experience.

SuperSport secures pro wrestling broadcast deal

Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Impact Wrestling, a professional wrestling television
show, has made an agreement with sports broadcaster SuperSport to continue
to be broadcast throughout Sub-Saharan Africa until 2019. The deal means that
African fans can continue to watch professional wrestling every week on
Mondays at 18h00 on SuperSport.

SuperSport brings the stars of TNA such as world heavyweight champion Bobby
Lashley, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, James Storm and MVP to fans in: Angola, Benin,
Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African
Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti,
Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea
Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali,
Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of
South Africa, Reunion, Rwanda, St Helena and Ascension, Sao Tome and
Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Socotra, Sudan, South
Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Zimbabwe and
adjacent islands.

Dixie Carter, president of TNA said: “TNA’s international distribution continues to
expand, reaching more fans than ever before.

“We have had a wonderful relationship with SuperSport since first airing on the
channel in 2011 and we look forward to attracting more fans to our entertaining
programming. This multi-year deal with SuperSport is one more example of TNA’s
remarkable international growth as we continue executing our global brand and
programming strategies.’

Brandon Foot, acting chief executive of SuperSport, added: “SuperSport is
delighted with this agreement. TNA has proven to be a valuable staple on our
platforms and we look forward to more good shows.’

“The offering resonates with a large number of our viewers across the African
continent, so this extension is a very encouraging development.’

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