Saturday, August 10, 2019

eMedia Investments' Openview adds one English Premier League live match per weer to its rebranded News&Sports channel in a deal with Infront.

The free-to-air satellite TV service Openview from eMedia Investments has acquired English Premier League (EPL) matches of the current season and will be showing one live match broadcast weekly on its just-renamed News&Sports channel.

While EPL rights reside with the SuperSport channels on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV service, eMedia Investments acquired some free-to-air rights for Openview in a deal with Infront, the sports marketing company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland.

The one EPL match per week on the News&Sports (Openview 120) channel will mostly include one of the top 6 Premier League football clubs, meaning Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Besides the one weekly live EPL match, eMedia Investments also has the rights to schedule other football-related magazine programmes produced by the Premier League, depending on whether it's suitable and deemed workable and has programming space.

The first live EPL match will be shown on News&Sports on Saturday 10 August 2019 and continue until the end of the football season.

Antonio Lee, who is now the new eMedia Investments chief operating officer (COO), says in a statement that "This is a momentous addition for us, and for the free-to-air television-watching public".

"A leading brand of sport continues in the free-to-air domain and we, at OpenView, are excited to host it. eMedia will add its very own touch to this broadcast, and hopefully in time, will be able to add more sports offerings on to our bouquet."

Jean-Fran├žois Jeanne, Infront France managing director, says "We are delighted to reach this agreement, which guarantees some of the best Premier League action for South African fans. We are confident that Openview will deliver the high-intensity of one of the world's most recognisable and popular leagues to supporters across the country".