A few minutes into the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday, viewers were disappointed when ZTV Channel 280 suddenly disappeared from DStv and was replaced by this Multichoice message.
By Phinias Shonayi
ZBC Sport has posted an apology and confirmation on the popular DeMbare DotComs Facebook Page platform.
“ZBC would like to apologise to our valued viewers who are receiving our ZBC TV signal on the DSTV platform for interruption of transmission since the beginning of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.”
“ZBC has received correspondence from Multichoice Zimbabwe to the effect that MultiChoice Africa Limited has been notified by the world football governing board FIFA to effect a blanket ban on all free to air channels who are broadcasting the games.”
“Please note that ZBC has acquired the rights to the tournament and is broadcasting all the 64 matches. ZBC TV is accessible through terrestrial TV where viewers need a normal aerial and not a satellite dish to receive the ZBC TV signal. Any inconvenience is sincerely regretted”, the post read.
The TV antennas, which most Zimbabweans had long deserted, cost only $5,00 on the local market.
Though this is a welcome update, most Dstv subscribers are still feeling sour due to the great difference in the terrestrial and digital TV signals quality.
Multichoice also released a statement regarding this issue recently:
“DStv has gained permission from the Federal International Football Association (FIFA) to allow Free To Air (FTA) channels like ZTV for Zimbabwean viewers to be accessible for viewing World Cup matches. This means that you can still catch your action on Channel 280 and put away that antenna again.”
This is however not so, as viewers are currently failing to watch the games, as stated,probably as yet?