Canal+ joins Multichoice to broadcast in Ghana
Rebecca Hawkes | 17-05-2013

France's Canalsat has teamed up with African pay-TV operator Multichoice to broadcast over 100 television channels in Ghana, in a deal which will bring football from Europe's biggest leagues to subscribers.

The move is reportedly the start of expansion plans by the French broadcaster into Anglophone Africa. Canal+ already has a strong presence in the French-speaking countries on the continent.

"For over 20 years Canal+ has been providing pay-TV services in Africa. We are passionate about over coverage because we want television viewers to see the world in a different view," said John Timothee, director of sales, partnership and development, Canal+ Africa.

Five premium channels with box office films, sports programming, original series, documentaries and family entertainment form Les Chaines Canal+, while over 90 French and international channels covering all genres are also now on offer to Ghanaians. Canal+ also carries about 30 state and private channels fromAfrica on the service, which is to be provided by the Multichoice platform DStv.

"Multichoice Ghana will provide Canal+ channels' service to the Ghanaian public the same way it renders the DStv subscriptions. It will come as fully installed service," said Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, general manager, Multichoice Ghana.

Football fans will have access via Canal+ to matches from France's Ligue 1, the English Premier League, Spain's La Liga, Italian Serie A, as well as the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions.

The initial full package will cost GH˘230.00, and then subscribers can choose which bouquet to subscribe to monthly, Sunkwa-Mills said during the Canal+ launch in Accra.