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SuperSport takes over GTV market

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Fans across Africa will have their access to the Premier League restored
South African-based broadcaster SuperSport has taken over the rights to show live English Premier League matches from GTV, which went into liquidation last week.

After days of uncertainty for football fans across the continent, SuperSport stepped in to secure the license to broadcast the Premier League live in the African markets previously controlled by GTV.

Gateway Broadcast Services supplied programmes under the GTV banner to countries from Kenya to Botswana.

Tens of thousands of subscribers in those markets were unable to watch live coverage of English top flight football last weekend, after GTV went out of business, citing the current financial and global crisis.

SuperSport will now control exclusive rights in those countries previously supplied by GTV for the remainder of the 2008/2009 season and for the whole of next season.

Live coverage will be restored from this weekend via the DSTV satellite provider.

While GTV customers will lose out on money they paid for subscriptions, they will be offered discounted DSTV decoders.

"It's always unfortunate when a business goes to the wall and customers are left to suffer," Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson told BBC Sport.

"The people who took out GTV subscriptions have the sympathy and understanding of the Premier League.

"It's some positive news that the owners of SuperSport will be offering discounted DSTV decoders to former GTV subscribers and hopefully people will be in a position to take up that offer."

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see also
African football counts GTV cost
01 Feb 09 |  African
GTV goes into liquidation
30 Jan 09 |  African
TV tussle gets tough in Africa
21 Nov 07 |  African


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