According to MultiChoice, “DStv subscribers will not watch ESPN and ESPN Classic Television Channels due to a notification from ESPN that it intends to close the ESPN and ESPN Classic Television Channels in Africa on 31 July 2013.”
“This appears to be a business decision by ESPN affecting all its channels in Africa, Europe and Middle East,” MultiChoice added.
MultiChoice said it will keep its subscribers informed on any new developments from ESPN.
Based in Bristol with over 7,000 employees worldwide ESPN is a global leader in multinational and multimedia sports and entertainment news with over 50 business entities. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. ESPN was working with MultiChoice as its distributor in Africa.
Recently, MultiChoice viewers complained about the closure of Bloomberg on DStv. However, the firm announced Bloomberg’s reinstatement on DStv channel 411 as a 24-hour channel from today, July 15. ESPN might also be reinstated if DStv subscribers ask for it.