SuperSport will not only offer the best guests, analysis, variety and digital offerings during the FIFA World Cup, but will also do so with the latest technology.
In addition to its existing high-definition offering, DStv will for the first time broadcast the entire World Cup in 4K, which is ultra-high-definition and lends itself to fast-action sports. Most 4K devices have around eight million pixels, which means every moment of every match will be displayed in brilliant detail.
Viewers watching through your set-top box will need an Explora Ultra, a 4K TV (connected using the HDMI supplied with the set-top box), and a Premium, Compact Plus, or Compact subscription. And viewers streaming the tournament, whether via Showmax Pro or DStv, will also be able to stream the tournament in 4K, as long as they have a 4K TV (or 4K-compatible media or TV box) and a Premium, Compact Plus, or Compact . subscription. Customers streaming in 4K can adjust video quality to manage data usage.
Viewers can visit the 4K test channel from November 1 to check their settings (channel 216).
However, even without 4K, viewers will experience high quality viewing as standard with all the detail and high definition to accompany one of the most anticipated World Cups in recent years, although the recommended minimum line speed is 15 Mbps. .
Starting November 21 in Qatar, all 64 cup matches will be broadcast live and in 4K on DStv. All matches will enjoy expert compilations and summaries, plus state-of-the-art graphics and complementary programming. SuperSport will also have teams on hand to capture breaking news, with a particular focus on the five entrants from Africa: Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana and Senegal.
Nineteen group stage matches, four round of 16 matches, two quarterfinals, both semifinals, the match for third place and the final will be broadcast on the channel. As a bonus, DStv’s World Cup broadcasts will be available in multiple languages, customized by region:
Nigeria: English, Pidgin, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo.
Rest of Africa: English, Swahili, Sheng, Twi, Luganda.
Ethiopia: amharic, english
Maximum: Portuguese, English.
South Africa: English, Zulu, Setswana, Sotho, Portuguese.
“I can confidently say that it is planned to be our most varied and dynamic World Cup offering ever,” said Marc Jury, SuperSport CEO. “DStv teams have been working on this project for months and with just one week to go, we are ready to deliver a multi-platform broadcast encompassing the latest technology with some of the smartest and most entertaining football analysts in the world.”
The tournament begins with an opening ceremony and a match between the host country Qatar and Ecuador. The final will take place on December 18, which is also Qatar’s National Day. There are 32 teams vying for the title, including defending champions France, as well as strong contenders Brazil, Germany and stalwarts Ghana.
If you are on the go, you don’t have to miss the game. You can watch the matches from your TV, the DStv app or the DStv Streama box. Just download the DStv app, fill in your details and watch the games wherever you are.
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