ESPN channel closing on DStv

2013-07-15 10:52
Cape Town - The American sports channels ESPN and ESPN Classic will no longer be offered in Africa by DStv.

The pay-TV operator announced on Monday that it received notification from the channel that it is pulling its channels from Africa, effective 31 July.

Rumours of ESPN's plans to pull out of Africa began circulating back in February.

ESPN, which is owned by Disney, made the decision to cease broadcasting ESPN (DStv channel 230) and ESPN Classic (channel 231) in Africa as a result of a business decision to yank the channel in all non-US territories where their operations are no longer financially viable.

A version of ESPN will continue to air in the UK after a deal was struck with BT.

This potentially opens up the market for Supersport or the SABC to acquire the rights to broadcast major US sports events such as NASCAR, basketball and NFL in South Africa and the rest of Africa.


  • Adrian Snyman - 2013-07-15 11:26

    Can't say I ever watched the channel honestly ...

      Geoffrey Bernard Holtes - 2013-08-02 09:22

      Tons of people watch NFL :(

  • Neville Watson - 2013-07-15 11:54

    I will miss the X-Games

      Sheilan - 2013-07-15 14:00

      My first thought. :(

  • James Blacksmith - 2013-07-15 12:04

    Goodness, this is huge. This includes the NHL, NBA, MLB.

  • Christo Stof Myburgh - 2013-07-15 12:06


  • Naas Viljoen - 2013-07-15 12:08

    Will DSTV get the rights to show the US Tennis Open later this year?

      Tsakani Boyama-Morwasehla - 2013-08-10 14:39

      The US Open is starting soon, I wonder if supersport is going to broadcast the final tennis grandslam of the year......

  • Jonathan Raulo - 2013-07-15 12:26

    Really no use to watch DSTV anymore. There goes X-games, Crossfit Games, NHRA, etc. Cheaper to get a contract at the DVD store.

  • zuko.mqolo - 2013-07-15 12:38

    Arg let them close it down I couldn't care less

  • Trevor James - 2013-07-15 12:42

    No more NFL and the best sport final The Superbowl!! Come on supersport please pick up NFL!!

  • Gaylord TheAtheist - 2013-07-15 12:51

    Well, I don't care to watch any channel where there's more ad breaks than actual sport on in any case. American channels are famous for it, specially the sport channels

  • Sheilan - 2013-07-15 14:01

    No more X-Games unless Supersport gets the rights to broadcast it.

  • Nkosi Mzimba - 2013-07-15 14:10

    ahh the x games man and nba! Oh well

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-07-15 14:51

    I will miss the annual Spelling Bee!!! How can you do this to us???

  • Hankanda Chituta - 2013-07-15 14:55

    Dstv do smting i cnt go witout baseball basketball let alone american football season in september ds is agony believe t me. Anyhw dts y we gt SUPERSPORT so to hell wt espn

  • Xolani Mncina - 2013-07-15 15:08

    My heart just more espn soccer press pass

  • Cornè Kritzinger - 2013-07-16 06:44

    Who still watches DSTV anymore? Nothing but reality show drivel and repeats. Cancel DSTV, get an ADSL line installed and download or stream.

  • Clinton Jurgens - 2013-07-16 14:27

    If the UK can strike a deal to get a version of ESPN then surely we can too. Come on SuperSport... Be the channel of champions you claim to be and aquire these other sports for us subscribers

  • Izak Malan - 2013-07-16 22:07

    The only channel i watch on DSTV, This suX

  • Baliwe Nkosi - 2013-07-17 11:28

    Good riddance

  • Robert Graham - 2013-07-22 11:01

    What? Thousands of Americans live in African cities. This announcement in a huge blow.

  • Kickor Sidumane - 2013-08-01 23:05

    So, where are supposed to watch the NBA, now?

  • Lionel Jabulane Hlangwane - 2013-08-02 18:53

    the nba ???

  • Akera Ternder - 2013-08-04 11:00

    NBA is the only thing that motivates me to watch Dstv buh now my heart is broken

  • Ben Alborough - 2013-08-05 12:29

    Can't watch any more Bass Fishing. This sucks. There's also a huge outdoor/hunting fraternity that used to watch ESPN on Saturdays.

  • Marcus Botha - 2013-08-05 13:46

    Is Multichoice going to reduce our subscription now that out choices is less?????? If we get new channels added, they increase the rate, so what now?

  • Vince Hlophe - 2013-08-06 10:08

    i will miss press pass. Tommy and the gang. NBA? No NO NO

  • Norman Lewis - 2013-08-21 15:08

    I will miss the X games and what little NFL & NHL they showed.

  • Reagan Le John - 2013-09-18 07:25

    Just when I thought ESPN was my favourite channel. I liked every bit of it.

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