SuperSport offers e.tv Bok Tests

The Springboks’ home Test matches could be broadcast on e.tv after the SABC said it would no longer be televising them ‘delayed live’.

Keo.co.za understands that the SABC wanted live rights, but SuperSport could never agree to this because they are the lifeblood of pay TV. Besides, SuperSport successfully bid for the live rights, just as the SABC could have.

Until 2010, the SABC had a formal arrangement to broadcast Bok home Tests on a delayed basis – in accordance with Icasa broadcast regulations – and since then, SuperSport and the SABC have worked on an ad-hoc basis. Until last week, the SABC had taken Bok games on a delayed basis before having a change of heart.

SuperSport offered the SABC delayed rights on a very favourable commercial basis, but the national broadcaster baulked. Strangely, last week the SABC said it wasn’t in a position to pay rights fees for a delayed feed, although it wanted live rights – where the fee is significantly more.

However, the Boks’ home Tests could still be broadcast ‘delayed live’ on free-to-air television, according to SuperSport communications manager Clinton van der Berg.

‘SuperSport has engaged with e.tv, having offered them the [SA-England] match on a delayed basis, and is awaiting a response,’ Van den Berg told keo.co.za.