Thursday, January 18, 2018

History channel to broadcast History of Football from May ahead of the 2018 World Cup as part of a special programming strand with over 40 hours of content.

The History (DStv 186) channel will broadcast History of Football from 28 May to 10 June in South Africa and across Africa as part of a 14-day programming strand that A+E Networks will run globally in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup.

History of Football will be broadcast in 160 territories and countries, including South Africa and across Africa and include over 40 hours of content that will be a blend of global and local programming.

History will broadcast a slate of original, globally-focused, premium documentary series as well as short-form specials, complemented by a careful curation of World Cup films, as well as locally-sourced TV series and documentaries that will offer a unique lens into each country’s particular passions for football.

“We conceived History of Football as a deeply immersive television event capitalising on one of those rare moments in our global culture, the World Cup, when a huge segment of the world population becomes so passionately connected,” says Patrick Vien, A+E Networks International’s executive managing director.

“History’s world-class storytelling has produced and curated a unique combination of global and local programming, long-form and short-form, to give viewers a wide swath of football content that, all combined, will tell the many phenomenal stories that define the game. It’s the biggest international programming initiative History has undertaken and I could not be prouder of our team.”

“With opinions on football so strong among fans worldwide, History’s vast programming slate for this event will aim to engage and ignite an entertaining debate on exactly what were the ultimate historic moments of the sport, who stands as the best player in history, which coaches most shaped the game and so much more,” says Dan Korn, the executive producer of History of Football and the vice president of programming for A+E UK.

“For both the most intense and the more casual fans, History will present 14 days of nothing but the story of the game.”