Live PSL games on the internet

2011-08-20 22:12

SuperSport International will soon open negotiations with free-to-air channels about sub-licensing their PSL matches.

On Friday, PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza announced that the pay-to-view channel Supersport had won the bid to broadcast PSL matches for the next five years at a cost of “over R2 billion”.

The innovation in the new deal is that the public will be able to view live matches on the internet and smart phones.

Multichoice chief executive Imitiaz Patel said the initiative was added value for subscribers as it would cost non-subscribers R599 to buy a Drifta, the device that would enable them to connect.

“We have committed to speak to all free-to-air channels, including etv, which has shown interest for some time now,” he said.

“We also had a good partnership with the SABC in the deal that is currently coming to an end. But we’ll sit down to formulate our plans as we still have a year to plan.”

The new deal will come into ­effect in the 2012/13 season.

“It’s been a fantastic offering and serious money in this tough economic climate. Well over R2?billion has been offered by ­SuperSport,” said Khoza.

He said the SABC came close during the bidding process.

The latest package will see more ­National First Division (NFD) matches being beamed live on SuperSport.

“There will be plus-minus 15 NFD league games that will be shown live, as well as cup games and play-offs,” said Khoza.

“We want to make sure we increase their marketability as a product.”

Meanwhile, the MTN8 semifinal first leg between Mamelodi Sundowns and ­Orlando Pirates will be shown live from Orlando Stadium on SS4 and SABC ­today.

The build-up to the game starts at 2.30pm on both channels and kickoff is at 3pm.

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