MultiChoice removes ZBC signal over World Cup TV rights issue
| 16 June 2014
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's (ZBC) free-to-air signal has been deactivated from MultiChoice's DStv satellite platform to prevent World Cup matches being aired without licence in Africa.
ZBC reassured viewers it would broadcast all 64 matches from Brazil on terrestrial television, having obtained the TV rights from FIFA to show the football tournament to viewers in Zimbabwe. It does not, however, hold the rights to broadcast the games via satellite outside the country's borders.
"ZBC wishes to apologise to its viewers receiving the ZBC TV signal on the DStv platform for interruption of transmission since the beginning of the World Cup Brazil 2014," Clifford Mfiri, head of production and TV services, is quoted as saying in The Herald.
"ZBC has received correspondence from MultiChoice Zimbabwe to the effect that they have been notified by the world football governing body, FIFA, to effect a blanket ban on all free-to-air channels broadcasting the games."
SuperSport holds the pay-TV broadcast rights across Sub-Saharan Africa for the World Cup, which runs until 13 July 2014.