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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Supersport 3 HD and SuperSport 4 HD to broadcast all 2014 FIFA World Cup matches on DStv in June; set of soccer presenters announced.


SuperSport 3 HD (DStv 203) and SuperSport 4 HD (DStv 204) will become the two dedicated SuperSport TV channels on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform to broadcast all of the soccer matches during June of the tournament.

On SS3HD DStv subscribers will have the option of four language tracks - English, Portuguese, Sotho and Zulu. All of the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches will be shown live and in high definition (HD) on this channel (in SD where HD is not available).

For the 8 soccer matches that run concurrently in the last round robin stage, SS4HD will be used to broadcast these matches.

SuperSport has announced the presenters who will do 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage. The list includes Sammy Kuffour, Jay Jay Okacha, Shaun Bartlett, Andre Arendse, Andy Townsend, Sunday Oliseh, Neil Tovey, Ernst Middendorp, Ruud Krol, Stuart Baxter, Gavin Hunt and Doctor Khumalo.

Robert Marawa, Carol Tshabalala, Phumlani Msibi, Sunday Oliseh, Andy Townsend and Colin Udoh will anchor coverage from Brazil.

The Manchestster United star Ryan Giggs, the former World Cup winner Marcel Desailly of France and the former Spanish star Gaizka Mendieta will be used as analyst.

SuperSport didn't yet announce details regarding the several specific magazine programmes that will be broadcast as part of its 2014 World Cup.

SuperSport plans to use 3D renderings of all 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums - part of technology that will be used for the first time on the continent.

"This World Cup will be the most advanced in the history of SuperSport," says Alvin Naicker, SuperSport's head of production. "We've invested heavily in the latest technology".

The SuperSport studio has undergone a refurbishment and the adjoining studio entertainment area as well.

"Our over-arching philosophy is to convey the entire Brazil experience," says Alvin Naicker. "We'll go beyond football, bringing viewers the feel, culture and rhythms that surround the World Cup".