Africa’s leading pay TV operator StarTimes has acquired media rights to broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup as FIFA officially granted medi...

Africa’s leading pay TV operator StarTimes has acquired media rights to broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup as FIFA officially granted media rights to all 2017-2018 FIFA events in Sub-Saharan Africa on Thursday.
StarTimes has been awarded pay-TV transmission rights for exploitation in all 42 territories of sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa with regard to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Besides the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, StarTimes also gets the pay-TV transmission rights in sub-Saharan Africa for all the other 2017-2018 FIFA events (except the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 in South Africa).
"We are so glad to offer the best football matches to our subscribers in Africa with having secured the broadcasting rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and all the other 2017-2018 FIFA events," said Felix  Awino, StarTimes Marketing Manager,
Awino said: “Consistent with StarTimes’ mission and values, our search for best sport contents is always at the heart of our commitment to service excellence. In this regards, our partnership with FIFA will definitely help to serve up a football feast to African football fans in the coming days.”
World cup is the most popular sports tournament in the world and is watched by millions of soccer fans across the globe. StarTimes having presence in at least 30 African countries will be in the forefront of broadcasting all the matches that will be played in Russia 2018.
Speaking during the FIFA tender awarding function, the FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc’h said while announcing the media partners “We are delighted to work with our appointed broadcast partners in the sub-Saharan region to allow millions of fans to enjoy each of FIFA’s various events, across a multitude of platforms”

The 42 territories are: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo DR, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The 2017-2018 FIFA events comprise: FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017; FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017; FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017; FIFA Confederations Cup 2017; FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018; FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018; 2018 FIFA World Cup
StarTimes is the leading digital-TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 10 million subscribers and covering 90% of the continent's population with a massive distribution network. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 440 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children's programs, fashion, religion etc. The company's vision is "To enable every African family to afford and enjoy digital TV" StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform. The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters, offers consumers outstanding Pay-TV programs, mobile multimedia, wireless Internet connectivity and convenient online services including checking TV guide; watching free live football ; chatting with celebrities and friends.
StarTimes Digital TV sets to be the game changer in the market
The StarTimes Digital Television that were launched towards the end of the year 2016 have continually created excitement among its users by its endless and friendly users that come with it.
The new television product which comes in three sizes and already available in the stores are designed to decode digital signals while receiving Free To Air channels  by itself saving the stress of buying  decoders and Cables/other materials for connections.
“Let’s change the definition of digital TV. Install and watch! That’s why we say StarTimes Digital TV is REAL digital TV, the annoying experience of two TV remote controls won’t appear in your life anymore. Only one remote control is enough to watch digital TV,” said Marketing Manager Mr. Felix Awino
StarTimes Digital TV adopts intelligent operation system, which supports remote system maintenance and upgrade as well as saving 60% power consumption with HD LED clear screen. The Screens are specifically built for the African Market where electricity is expensive and the reason the StarTimes Television sets consumes very little watts of energy.
As a leading Pay-Tv operator in Africa, the vision of StarTimes is to make digital-TV contents affordable for every African family. StarTimes’ contents cover diverse categories to meet the great needs of African markets, which include News, Sports, Music, Entertainment, Documentaries, TV series, Movies, Religion, Fashion, Children’s programming and local channels.
StarTimes Digital TV is another core product that StarTimes launch to help African families to achieve the key and last step of digital migration,” said Awino. “It serves as a perfect option for customers to upgrade their TV sets from analogue to digital.”

StarTimes offers exclusive wholehearted one-stop service. Awino explained: “The one-stop service is devised to ensure the perfect viewing experience without any interruption based on our precise service arrangement plan and professional staff to solve any problem.”This enables customers to enjoy the highest digital TV experience with long-term stability and high definition clarity.



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