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SuperSport Launches All-new Themed Channels

Amid the uncertainty and concern around the threat of coronavirus, SuperSport is working closely with its broadcast partners to mitigate the absence of live sport

While almost all major sport has been affected, SuperSport will be broadcasting events which have been postponed – when they are rescheduled.

SuperSport chief executive Gideon Khobane said: “All of our partners have reached out to explain their measures, which we appreciate.

“Live sport is massively impacted; we are combatting this by acquiring the best award-winning sport documentaries from around the globe, among other top programming. We will use our various platforms to communicate this to viewers.”

The impact of this has necessitated major changes to the schedules, which will see SuperSport convert its line-up to thematic channels for the foreseeable future.

This is a time to relive the best of the best and SuperSport will duly open SS1 down to the Compact package.

This channel will form the crux of the SuperSport offering. It will feature the best documentaries, sport movies and a presented block called SuperSport GrandStand between 5pm and 9pm where SuperSport presenters will host a studio show that focuses on themed content from a specific sporting genre.

Between 1pm and 5pm daily, SS1 will feature a Viewers’ Choice block where viewers’ social media suggestions on their favourite sporting moments will determine the content.

Another significant change sees SuperSport 7 becoming a best of football offering now open from Premium to Access.

Ahead of the weekend, SuperSport is already rolling out best of its archives on its channels, including the award-winning “30 for 30” series of ESPN documentaries.

Please see the full list of channel changes below:

SOUTH AFRICA

  • SS1: Relive Sport Stories (Grandstand / Viewers’ Choice / Documentaries)
  • SS2: Relive Rugby / Cricket
  • SS3: Relive Premier League
  • SS4: Relive PSL
  • SS5: Relive Golf
  • SS6: Relive Tennis
  • SS7: Relive Best Football (mix of UCL, EPL, La Liga, Serie A, FIFA, Documentaries)
  • SS8: Relive Motorsport, F1, MotoGP, Superbikes
  • SS9: Relive WWE
  • SS10: Relive local sports / Athletics / Various
  • SS11: Relive Action: Combat, UFC, EFC, Boxing, Extreme
  • SS12: Relive E Sport
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Epic Sport Documentaries Get Prime Billing On SuperSport

SuperSport has a treat for fans of storytelling and sports mystique

The World of Champions has acquired the award-winning “30 for 30” series, which SuperSport 1 has rolled out since Monday. There will be multiple broadcasts of each documentary.

This precedes a major programming announcement to follow in the next 24 hours.

Produced by US sport broadcaster ESPN, “30 for 30” is a popular series of documentaries that delves into the lives and events that shaped so much recent sporting history. The series touches on a variety of people and subjects with fresh insights and perspectives lending the films a grand quality.

Among the dozen offerings are “Of Miracles and Men”, “Chasing Tyson”, “Slaying the Badger”, “Nature Boy” and “This is What They Want”.

“Of Miracles and Men” is the story of one of the greatest upsets in sports history: the night, 40 years ago, when a plucky band of American collegians stunned the vaunted Soviet national team 4-3 in the 1980 Winter Olympics.

For fans of boxing, “Chasing Tyson” recalls the time when Mike Tyson cast a commanding shadow over boxing in the 1980s and ’90s, including his prison stint and his famed rivalry with Evander Holyfield.

“Nature Boy”, meanwhile, examines the surreal world of professional wrestling, chiefly the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction life of Ric Flair. The film traces his epic career from the creation of his blond Adonis character, through the glory days of the NWA and The Four Horsemen, to his poignant last years in the ring.

Set against the backdrop of the 1986 Tour de France, “Slaying the Badger” tells the story of Greg LeMond and his mentor Bernard “The Badger” Hinault, who started as friends and teammates but ended up as bitter rivals.

Also among the wide selection is “This is What They want”, which tells the story of Jimmy Connors’ career through the lens of the 1991 US Open, when Connors so famously played at the age of 39 and went all the way to the semi-finals before being stopped by Jim Courier.

It’s not just an examination of that tournament: it’s a look at how Connors and his rivals re-invented tennis in the first decade of the Open era.

The titles will also be available on DStv’s Catch up service.

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SuperSport Sets Out Its Stall Ahead Of Historic Soweto Derby

Saturday, 29 February 2020, will mark 50 years since the first Soweto derby and SuperSport will mark the momentous occasion with rolling pre-match coverage and expert on-day analysis as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates go head to head.

Both are well placed in the Absa PSL standings, Chiefs setting the pace at the top with Pirates pushing hard in third. Chiefs won a five-goal derby thriller in November, but this fixture has even more piquancy given that it is the first of the new decade and could have a major bearing on the title chase.

SuperSport will host a press conference for the teams on Thursday, to be broadcast live on SuperSport 4 and Blitz from 1pm-1.30pm, with the coaches of both teams in attendance. A compendium of great goals from bygone derbies will also be broadcast as a reminder of past glories.

The fixture is bursting with storylines, making this one of the most exciting derby battles in years.

Pirates have largely dominated Chiefs since 2014, but it is Chiefs who are in front in the league race.

Also, Ernst Middendorp has never lost in the Soweto derby since his first stint as Chiefs coach back in 2005. This, too, is the first such derby that will have two German coaches seated opposite each other on the benches.

And few can boast more experience than Happy Jele, the Pirates captain, who has played the second most Soweto derbies in history (24), three behind Chiefs legend Itumeleng Khune.

As part of the build-up to Saturday, SuperSport also has several interviews lined up with prominent former players, among them William Shongwe, who played for both Pirates and Chiefs.

The intention is to go down memory lane and catch up with past players and get a feel of how it was playing for the teams, their expectations, fan expectations and what it meant to be involved in the derby in particular.

In episode one of “A Rivalry”, to be broadcast on Wednesday (SS4, 7.30pm), Sizwe Mabena sits down with Shongwe, who is sure to offer a unique perspective on what awaits.

For the second episode (SS4, Thursday 8pm), Sizwe Mabena is joined by Innocent Mayoyo, Steve Lekoelea and Shongwe.

For the third and final episode (SS4, Friday 5.30pm), Mabena and Shongwe are joined by Gabadinho Mhango and Thembinkosi Lorch from Pirates, plus Samir Nurkovic and Khama Billiat from Chiefs.

SuperSport will also have a special edition of Fanbase on Thursday (SS4, from 7pm), where fans will have an opportunity to talk about this much-anticipated clash between the Soweto giants.

On-day action at FNB Stadium will be summarised by the experienced duo of Carol Tshabalala and Phumlani Msibi, who will be pitchside to drive the build-up. Among their guests will be top analysts Stanton Fredericks and Jimmy Tau, who played for both teams, plus Simphiwe Dludlu, the SA women’s under-17 coach.

The 90-minute build-up will start at 2pm, ensuring wall-to-wall pre-event coverage before the biggest game in SA football. Ensuring the very best presentation, SuperSport will have 25 cameras, including one aboard a helicopter, plus the latest in augmented reality and touch-screen technology.

“All derbies are special, but as the first one of the new decade, we are determined to put on a better show than ever,” said producer Sifiso Mbambo. “The match is a sellout and is also a great television event. I’m anticipating a great day.”

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Triple Treat Live On SuperSport

Whether it’s from East London or Los Angeles, this weekend’s best boxing will enjoy live coverage on SuperSport

On Sunday afternoon, SA boxing prodigy Azinga Fuzile will move one step closer to a world championship shot when he fights an IBF eliminator against Russia’s dangerous Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov in East London.

Fuzile hasn’t put a step wrong in his five-year pro career and Rakhimov represents a big jump in his level of opposition. The Russian, who has an identical 14-0 record, already has a pair of wins over SA opposition (Rofhiwa Maemu and Malcolm Klaassen) and will be determined to claim a third on Sunday.

But he’ll have it all to do given Fuzile’s movement and outstanding fighting instincts, not to speak of the Orient Theatre’s intimidating environment.

The tournament will be streamed live on DStv Now (SS Play) with a repeat on SuperSport 4 (SS4) from 18:00.

Also on Sunday, two of the world’s best welterweights will collide in LA when unbeaten southpaw banger Errol Spence, the IBF champion, fights WBC champion Shawn Porter (SuperSport 6, from 03:00).

Spence is commonly rated among the five best pound-for-pound fighters, but ought to have his hands full against Porter, a rugged mauler who mixes explosiveness with recklessness.

The ingredients are in place for a compelling fight with Spence having vowed to knock his American rival out and Porter dead keen to up-end his underdog status.

Earlier, on Friday night (SuperSport 10, 19:00), SA mini-flyweight champion Xolisa Magusha will defend his title against fourth-ranked Sibusiso Bandla in East London.

Southpaw Magusha is excitement on legs, a non-stop puncher who is never in a bad fight.

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Africa’s Track And Field Stars In Medal Hunt

Unlike in previous years, where Kenya has dominated the charge at the world athletics championship, this year’s edition is likely to see a multi-pronged challenge from several African countries

The event takes place in Qatar from Friday and concludes on 6 October 2019, with the action to be broadcast live on SuperSport.

East Africa and West Africa are likely to dominate the charge of Africa, but Botswana’s Nijel Amos, the Olympic 800m silver medallist, will be a strong contender. In July he ran a scorching 1:41.89 in Monaco, his fastest time in seven years, so brings outstanding form to Doha.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth 100m champion Akani Simbine will also be out to stake a claim among the world’s best.

The South African dipped under 10 seconds in Berlin last month but will probably have to produce somewhere around his 9.92 season best to contend for a medal in a strong field headed by new sensation Christian Coleman of the US.

Other continental stars to keep an eye on include Nigerian’s Tobi Amusan, the 2018 Commonwealth and 2019 African 100m hurdles champion; Selemon Barega, Ethiopia’s 19-year-old 5000m phenomenon; Kenya’s Beatrice Kipkoech, who last year shattered the 3000m steeplechase world record; reigning 5000m world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya; and, Ivory Coast’s Marie Jose Talou, who will attempt the sprint double, having bagged silver in both 100m and 200m at the last edition, in London.

The action, which starts at 15:30 (CAT) on Friday, will be broadcast on SuperSport 13.