Pan-African pay TV broadcaster StarTimes has added six channels to its line-up including National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox and Fox life.
The channels will broadcast in English, French and Portuguese and will be available immediately via StarTimes’ terrestrial and satellite platforms.
Viewers in sub-Saharan Africa have been able to watch ESPN content via the ESPN Player subscription OTT service. Since StarTimes shares the complete rights to Formula E across sub-Saharan Africa with ESPN Africa, fans will now be able to watch the championship on the pay platform.
StarTimes regional marketing director Aldrine Nsubuga said that subscribers will automatically get the channels in their bouquets.
The company has secured exclusive deals to broadcast every remaining race in the current Formula E Championship live on its linear and digital channels.
Fox Sports Africa’s FOX Sports and FOX Sports 2 channels are to be rebranded as ESPN and ESPN2 respectively, following The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
From August 30, African viewers will have access to ESPN shows on TV and online, covering sports such as Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer and multiple European football leagues.
There will also be live broadcasts of the WAFU Cup of Nations 2019 on the ESPN channels, with the football tournament taking place from September 28 to October 13 in Thies, Senegal.
ESPN Europe and Africa’s Frank Rutten said: “Rebranding to ESPN is a natural transition since The Walt Disney Company bought 21st Century Fox.”
“Fox Sports Africa is excited to grow its broadcast offering under the ESPN banner,” said Christine Service, senior VP and country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, adding that Disney was looking forward to developing the channels in the future.