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Thursday, October 30, 2014

SuperSport says its launching a '24-hour cricket channel' on DStv - meanwhile its only broadcasting cricket on an existing DStv channel.

SuperSport says it is launching a "24-hour cricket channel on Sunday" on MultiChoice's DStv - in reality its the existing SuperSport 2 (DStv 202) channel on DStv which will just be broadcasting cricket. Pffff.

SuperSport isn't launching a cricket TV channel but will be using SuperSport 2 for the next five months to broadcast cricket - although the disingenuous announcement wants to make as if MultiChoice is getting a new cricket TV channel.

The cricket which will be shown on the existing SuperSport channel on DStv over the next few months include major cricket tours and events like the five-match India Sri Lanka ODI series (which wouldn't be even on SuperSport 2 but on the SuperSport 5 channel on DStv) and South Africa's tour of Australia for three T20 and 5 ODI's.

SuperSport will also broadcast the Ram Slam in November and early December on SuperSport 2.

The existing SuperSport 2 TV channel on DStv will also broadcast the West Indies tour of South Africa which includes three Tests, three T20's and 5 ODI's.

Then there's also India's tour of Australia, New Zealand playing Sri Lanka in ODI's and tests and the Cricket World Cup from Australia and New Zealand.

An 18-part Hooked on Cricket series will be shown which features some of the greatest cricketers of the past two decades sharing their views on the game,

The cricket commentary team will include Graeme Smith, Shaun Pollock, HD Ackerman, Mike Haysman, Mark Boucher, Michael Holding, Ian Bishop, Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Kepler Wessels.