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Abu Dhabi Media inks deal with STARZPLAY to exclusively stream AFC matches in UAE

29 August 2021


Football fans in UAE can watch Asian Championships on Abu Dhabi Sports Asia 1 and Abu Dhabi Sports Asia 2 channels via STARZPLAY
Abu Dhabi Media, the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster and media company, has announced the signing of an agreement with STARZPLAY, MENA region’s leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, to stream AFC tournaments of the national teams and clubs competitions. The broadcast rights in the UAE belong exclusively to Abu Dhabi Media, from 2021 to 2024.

Beginning September, the matches will be streamed on STARZPLAY starting with the Asian qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

For only AED 15 a month, football enthusiasts in the UAE can watch the Asian competitions and subscribe to Abu Dhabi Sports channels (Asia 1 and Asia 2) on STARZPLAY platform. Alternatively, they can also subscribe to the complete STARZPLAY package for AED 40 and enjoy a wide assortment of incredible programming. The commentary for all the Asian championships' matches will be available in both Arabic and English.

Haitham Al Kathiri, Acting Executive Director of Abu Dhabi TV Channels Network, commented: "We are delighted to partner with STARZPLAY to broadcast the Asian Football Confederation championships. This comes in line with Abu Dhabi Media's strategy of delivering audience centric content and expanding our sports digital offering through partnering with leading digital platforms. We are committed to bring the best  sports events in the region to reach the largest sports fan base ."

Danny Bates, Co-founder & Chief Commercial Officer, STARZPLAY, said: "Football is one of the most viewed sports in the UAE. We are excited to be the exclusive platform streaming every match within the Asian Football Confederation through the leading Abu Dhabi Sports channels. We look forward to growing our relationship with Abu Dhabi Media and offering rich and diverse content for our subscribers who are sports enthusiasts.”