Africa's Star Times warns pirates as it acquires exclusive Copa del Rey rights
Star Times, the African digital TV operator, has acquired rights to broadcast live coverage of Spanish soccer’s Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Valencia on 25 May, in a deal with the RFEF, the Spanish football association.
Star Times claimed that its coverage of the match, scheduled to take place at the Benito Villamarín Stadium in Seville, will be exclusive to its World Football Channel on the StarTimes decoder and mobile app.
George Lomotey, director of TV StarTimes Ghana, said: “We are delighted to be bringing to our subscribers the final of the Spanish football’s premier cup competition.
“We are committed to giving our cherished subscribers more and more of great content and this is not an exception.”
However, anticipating piracy of its coverage, he warned: “I will like to take this opportunity to call on all media houses to desist from pirating the content to avoid legal actions against them. StarTimes has exclusive rights in this territory and will sue any offender who infringes upon our copyrights.”
Star Times claims to serve nearly 20 million users with a signal covering the African continent. It said that it “achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems as well as OTT services to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform.”