Wednesday, March 16, 2016

StarSat will start showing the Chinese Super League after StarTimes acquires the exclusive broadcasting rights for Africa for three years until 2018.

StarSat will start showing the Chinese Super League after StarTimes has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights for Sub-Saharan Africa for three seasons from 2016 to 2018.

There's so far been no announcement from On Digital Media (ODM) and StarTimes Media SA that runs StarSat in South Africa and Southern Africa about the soccer content acquisition.

In 2015 StarTimes and StarSat said it will start to funnel a lot more Chinese TV content - especially Chinese TV series - to Africa and South African television.

The kick off for the Chinese Football Association Super League was 11th March 2016 with the season ending on 5th October 2016. Two matches between the strongest teams per week will have English commentary bringing a total of 60 matches over 30 weeks.

It's not yet clear on what StarSat channel or channels the Chinese soccer will be shown.

StarTimes over the last year secured exclusive rights to broadcast certain soccer, basketball and tennis tournaments across the African continent and is slowly adding sports channels.

Besides this sport content StarTimes acquired the International World Rally Championships, the World Boxing Titles and Germany football league, the Bundesliga that's no longer available on SuperSport on MultiChoice's DStv. Other StarTimes soccer rights  include the Italian League, Serie A.