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NBA and Viasat to Make NBA League Pass Available to Millions of Airline Passengers while in Flight

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company and leading in-flight connectivity provider to many of the world’s most recognizable airlines, today announced a groundbreaking multi-year partnership to make NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service, available to millions of airline passengers while in flight.

The partnership will provide a streaming experience in the sky, enabling airline passengers to access live and on-demand NBA games and content on their personal electronic devices at no extra cost when they register for NBA League Pass in-flight. JetBlue will be one of the first airlines to offer NBA League Pass on Viasat-equipped aircraft, with additional airlines expected to be announced.

Available during the 2021 NBA Playoffs, which will tip off Saturday, May 22, Viasat will enable access to the premium version of NBA League Pass – featuring every NBA game live and on-demand – to passengers onboard aircraft with Viasat In-flight connectivity. NBA League Pass will be available on any route, except for flights within the U.S., Canada and China; international flights to and from these three countries will also have access to the service.

“We are thrilled to provide fans around the world with the unique opportunity to experience the excitement of the NBA on their personal devices while in-flight at 35,000 feet,” said NBA Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution and Business Operations, Matt Brabants. “By leveraging Viasat’s world-class satellite technology and global reach, we believe this partnership will transform the future of content consumption for airline passengers and allow us to engage millions of new and existing NBA fans in a whole new way.”

“We’re focused on evolving the way passengers enjoy in-flight internet by offering differentiated, premium over-the-top content and streaming experiences,” said Viasat Managing Director, Media & Mobile Applications, Dave Elliot. “We continue to explore and announce new partnerships, like the NBA. The trend to market content – and in this case, league assets – directly to customers is powerful, and offers more opportunity to drive customer acquisition through new business models that haven’t been previously offered through packaged, linear TV viewing.”

NBA League Pass provides the most comprehensive live and on-demand access to an entire season of NBA games in high-definition with live stats, alternative audio and multiple viewing options. Passengers on NBA League Pass-enabled flights will be able to use the speed and efficiency of Viasat’s global satellite network to access NBA platforms, create or sign into an existing NBA account, and immediately access League Pass’s Next-Generation game viewing enhancements, including new camera angles, multiple in-language streams, celebrity influencer commentary, in-depth analytics and statistical graphics and condensed games for on-demand viewing.

Viasat serves the world’s leading airlines, elevating the passenger journey with a network that is built to support the rising data requirements of the latest internet, streaming and over-the-top trends, even at 35,000 feet. The Company currently has an international satellite network consisting of owned and partner high-capacity Ka-band satellites to deliver high-quality, fast connectivity – even in the hardest-to-reach places.

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South Africa Clinches Africa Cup of Nations Bronze in Penalty Drama Against DR Congo

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In a riveting encounter at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) third-place playoff, South Africa emerged victorious against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in a nail-biting penalty shootout to secure the bronze medal in the prestigious tournament.

The match, which ended in a goalless draw after regulation time, saw South African goalkeeper Ronwen Williams once again emerge as the hero, making crucial saves during the penalty shootout to propel his team to victory.

The DR Congo team displayed commendable resilience throughout the match, creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities and maintaining an attacking threat against the South African defense.

Ultimately, it was South Africa’s Siyanda Xulu who converted the decisive penalty kick, securing the win for Bafana Bafana.

The victory marked South Africa’s perfect record in third-place playoffs, having clinched a similar victory 24 years prior against Tunisia.

The bronze medal victory serves as a testament to South Africa’s resilience and determination in the face of formidable opposition.

As the tournament concludes, the thrilling encounter between South Africa and DR Congo will be remembered as a highlight of the 2024 AFCON edition, showcasing the passion and skill of African football on a grand stage.

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Anthony Joshua to Face Francis Ngannou on 8th of March 2024 in Saudi Arabia

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Anthony Joshua is set to step into the boxing ring once again, this time facing former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on March 8, 2024, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This showdown follows Joshua’s triumphant return against Otto Wallin in December, marking his journey back into the elite heavyweight boxing scene.

Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, made headlines by knocking down Tyson Fury, the current WBC heavyweight champion, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last October.

Although Ngannou lost that bout on a split decision, his resilience has earned him recognition, currently holding the 10th rank in the WBC’s heavyweight fighters and considered by many boxing enthusiasts as a true champion.

As anticipation builds for this clash of titans, fans and pundits alike are eager to witness how Anthony Joshua will fare against the powerful Cameroonian.

The match is expected to draw global attention, adding another chapter to the dynamic narratives of these two heavyweight fighters.

The venue, Saudi Arabia, continues to establish itself as a significant hub for marquee sporting events, and this bout is poised to contribute to the kingdom’s growing reputation in hosting high-profile international competitions.

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DStv Dilemma: Multichoice Fails to Secure Broadcast Rights for AFCON 2023

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Multichoice, the parent company of DStv, has announced that its SuperSport channels will not be broadcasting the highly anticipated African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 tournament.

The satellite giant revealed that it failed to secure the rights necessary to air the continent’s most significant football event.

The announcement, made on Wednesday, has left football enthusiasts and DStv subscribers disappointed as SuperSport channels have been a traditional hub for live sports coverage, including major football tournaments.

The upcoming AFCON, scheduled to kick off on January 13th and run through February 11th, 2024, will now be absent from the Multichoice platform.

“SuperSport Channel will not broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 scheduled for January 13th – February 11th, 2024, because the channel has not secured the rights to broadcast the tournament,” stated the official release from Multichoice.

Despite this setback, Multichoice reassured its audience that AFCON 2023 matches would still be accessible through partner broadcast stations on Free to Air (FTA) channels.

The company emphasized its commitment to providing unrivaled access to entertainment and football games across its platforms, including the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Zambian Super League, and other prestigious football competitions.

The 34th edition of AFCON is set to take place in Ivory Coast, commencing on January 13th. Football enthusiasts were eagerly anticipating the tournament, which will feature powerhouse teams, including Nigeria, facing off against the hosts, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea in Group A.

As Multichoice Africa faces criticism for the unexpected exclusion of AFCON 2023 from its SuperSport channels, football fans are now seeking alternative avenues to catch the action and experience the excitement of one of Africa’s most celebrated football tournaments.

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