July 25th 2017

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StarTimes acquires 2018 FIFA World Cup broadcast rights

Under 20 World Cup (May 20-June11, 2017), Confederations Cup (June 17-July 2 20170, Under 17 World Cup (October 6, October 28, 20170, Beach Soccer World Cup (27 April-7 May, 2017) 2018 Under 20 Women's World Cup and 2018 Under 17 Women's World Cup.

By David JagongoThursday, 13 Apr 2017 15:06 EAT

StarTimes Media vice president Mark Lisboa prepares to juggle the ball during a press conference in Nairobi where the firm announced its acquisition of broadcast rights for all 2017-18 FIFA tournaments. (Photo: Vincent Munga).

StarsTimes Media has acquired broadcasting rights to all 2017-2018 FIFA tournaments, including the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. The pay television company told the press in Nairobi that they have secured the transmission rights for Kenya and other sub-Saharan African countries. The World Cup, the main highlight of the rights, is set for June16-July15 in the Russian capital, Moscow.

StarTimes Media vice-president Mark Lisboa told the press the rights also entail transmission of the following FIFA events:

Under 20 World Cup (May 20-June11, 2017), Confederations Cup (June 17-July 2 20170, Under 17 World Cup (October 6, October 28, 20170, Beach Soccer World Cup (27 April-7 May, 2017) 2018 Under 20 Women's World Cup and 2018 Under 17 Women's World Cup.


StarTimes Media Vice-President Mark Lisboa (left) displays his ball juggling skills at a press briefing in Nairobi Tuesday. Looking on is Communications and Public Relations Manager Alex Mwaura.

The new development,  will enable more Kenyan households enjoy access to the prestigious tournaments through the company's affordable pay television platform, said Lisboa. He said it demonstrates the firms commitment to provide access to premium content "at the most affordable subscription rates," he said.

StarTimes, which currently broadcasts The Bundesliga and Chinese Super League exclusively, will transmit all the 64 World Cup matches live. The firm has dedicated five sports channels that will broadcast the tournaments including two High Defination (HD) channels. Viewers subscribing to bouques ranging from Sh 500 to Sh 1,499 will view the matches, the firm said. Those on satellite television platforms, on Sh 899-1,499 bouquet too will enjoy the tournaments.

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