SuperSport launches new channel line-up to give your favourite sport a dedicated home of its own


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We are there! SuperSport’s new channel line-up

On Tuesday, September 1, SuperSport’s long-time channel line-up permanently disappeared and was replaced with an all-new sport-specific offering designed to make navigation and content discovery easier than ever.

Although there are channel changes, no customers will be getting any less content than before. The familiar offerings on each package will remain, but, unlike before, where content could be fragmented, the sport-specific channels will make it far easier for customers to watch the sport they want to watch.

And, only that sport will feature on that channel, so if you're a fan, you can watch your favourite sport 24 hours a day . . .

The channels will be clearly named and for those sports that perhaps don’t have their own channel, this content will feature on one of four Variety channels.

The DStv sport offering will now take up a single continuous block of the channel line-up, beginning with SuperSport Blitz on channel 200 and concluding with ESPN 2 on channel 219.

As part of these changes, a new Premium channel, SuperSport Grandstand, will become the home of the day’s most important live sport. Grandstand will curate the best live action available to Premium customers at any one time, including soccer, rugby, cricket, golf and tennis.

For those sports that have simultaneous matches, such as Wimbledon tennis or Champions League soccer, the Variety channels can accommodate the overflow ensuring all live broadcasts are on SuperSport.

For more detail on exactly what will happen on Monday night/Tuesday morning - for example, the channels without live action will be down from around 11pm Monday to 12pm Tuesday - check out our latest FAQs immediately below.

For further details for your region, eg what the new channel numbers are, click on the relevant image further down the page


> > > Latest FAQs, 19 August 2020:

What exactly will I see when I tune into SuperSport come September 1?
Since the channels are being reconfigured to accommodate the new experience, initially a notice advising that the channel is under construction will be aired.
This will be followed by another notice confirming the channel (eg. 211 – The Home of SuperSport Rugby, etc).
Normal programming will resume by midday on September 1.
The reconfiguration is a massive task that includes channel numbers moving, audio options being adjusted, programme guides shifting to reflect the correct programming information, etc. The move to thematic channels is intended to enhance the viewer experience while ensuring that SuperSport’s high technical standards are maintained.

What about live WWE - how will I be able to watch?
RAW, which goes out live on a Tuesday morning, will be available on the WWE channel 128.

Do I have to adjust any settings on my decoder or television to receive the thematic channels?
Subscribers must go to All Channels to pick up the changes.
If the services are not visible under All Channels after midday on September 1, 2020, subscriber will need to reboot/rescan.
After reboot/rescan, go to All Channels to pick up changes.

Serie A doesn't have a dedicated channel. Where will this be broadcast?
Serie A will be broadcast on the new Football channel (205 in SA )
In Nigeria and the ROA, you can get your Serie A action on Variety 3 (channel 208 in Nigeria / 228 across the Rest of Africa).


So why are we going this route? Easier navigation, better viewing experience . . .

This thinking has driven SuperSport's decision to drop the numbering system it has used for its channels for more than two decades, replacing them with channels themed around individual sports to ensure it is easier for viewers to find their favourite sports.

From September 1, SuperSport viewers on DStv will be able to enjoy special dedicated channels for leagues and sports, among them the PSL, the Premier League, La Liga, rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, motorsport and several others, which will now have a home to call their own.

Not just live sport will be housed in these channels: supplementary programming such as magazine shows and highlights will add to the overall package.

New Grandstand channel

New to DStv subscribers across the continent will be the launch of the SuperSport Grandstand channel, immediately after Blitz at the front of the line-up. This flagship channel will host the best of any live curated sport available to Premium customers at any one time, including football, rugby, cricket, golf and tennis.

There will be multiple themed channels, including a "Variety" channel offering. Beyond this, DStv’s new sport line-up includes ESPN and ESPN 2, on channels 218 and 219.

"This is a landmark decision in SuperSport's history and one we are convinced will add a fresh and invigorating dimension to our broadcasts," said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport.

“The changes will mean that additional SuperSport channels of local and international sporting content will be added to the DStv package. Genre channelling will no doubt increase awareness of a broader range of content, which may have always been on the platform, but wasn’t necessarily easy to discover. This signals a radical change designed to make content discovery more seamless.”

SuperSport broadcasts more live sport than any other broadcaster internationally and as much as these options are incredibly valuable to fans, the depth and breadth of content can make it difficult to find what they’re looking for. Exhaustive market research has shown that fans would prefer to enjoy the sport of their choice on a dedicated, named channel.

There is plenty of additional information applicable to your region in the links further below, but here are a few FAQs dealing with the actual changeover on September 1:

For more information on channel numbering, packages and FAQs for you region, please click on one of the links below: