Top 4 Platforms Where You Can Stream Live Football Matches Across Africa


Streaming football matches live is becoming a trend as it gives you the opportunity to catch up with your favorite teams on the go, and with the football season in Europe’s top 5 leagues finally returning, the demand to be able to stream matches from live football is high.

You probably want to know how to combine your passion and be able to watch games and not be glued to your living room walls. Here is a list of the top 4 platforms where you can live stream and watch football matches across Africa.

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1. DSTV Now

The DSTV Now app is a product of Multichoice and is DSTV’s first attempt to move beyond the infamous set-top box first policy. DSTV Now is a mobile and web-based streaming service that allows DSTV subscribers to watch and access their pay TV content on the go via the web.

To use DSTV Now, you will need to own a DSTV decoder and subscribe to the monthly rates of the DSTV package. Your subscription plan determines the live sports content you can watch. The recommended package for live sports content is the DSTV Compact Plus package, but the DSTV Compact package also works very well.

Multichoice and SuperSports currently own the TV broadcast rights for most leagues across Europe, including the premier leagueThe Spanish Liga and the Italian Serie A for the sub-Saharan region and South Africa.

You can then download and connect to the DSTV Now app to catch live sports content. The app is available for your TV, phone, tablet or browser. It should be noted that streaming content through the app has been limited to one device at a time.

2.ShowMax Pro

Showmax is a MultiChoice-owned streaming service for live sports and African-themed movies. The only difference here is that you need an active internet connection to stream your sports content. The service comes with 2 packages, namely Showmax and Showmax Pro, the differences of which have been extensively covered in our previous blog posts.

Showmax Pro is the premier package and includes all live sports content including football, athletics, music, movies, etc. These games include all Premier League, Serie A, PSL, Champions League and La Liga matches.

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Showmax is supported on mobile phones, PCs and smart TVs, and the app can be downloaded from the app store of the respective device. Users can watch on two devices simultaneously with the Showmaxx Pro package.

Showmax is much cheaper and more affordable than DSTV when residing in an environment with a stable internet connection and power supply. It will not make financial sense to buy a DSTV decoder.

3.StarTimes App

StarTimes has a free video streaming service for its customers with their set-top boxes. The StarTimes on the app is available on the Google Play Store, iPhone App Store and Android smart TVs, and you will need to link your set-top box details to the app account before you can stream.

Live sports content available on StarTimes includes German Bundesliga, UEFA Europa League, French Ligue 1, ESPN and MMA (One Championship). The advantage with StarTimes is that you can pay for daily, weekly and monthly access to the service. The best package for live sports and entertainment when using StarTimes is the premium classic package, which gives you access to all channels.

4. beIN Sports

beIN Sports is the only true home of football in North Africa and the Middle East, offering a range and depth of action that no other competitor can match. Operated by the Qatari media group, beIN Sports focuses on the MENA region and owns the rights to broadcast Premier League, Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A, Major League Soccer, CAF matches and more.

The advantages of beIN sports are that you don’t necessarily need to own their satellite decoder to be able to enjoy their services. They operate an over-the-top content service dubbed beIN Sports Connect, which allows users to watch live and on-demand video content on smartphones, tablets and PCs via the Internet.

beIN CONNECT is available as a paid service in France, Spain, the United States, Canada, Turkey, Asia-Pacific and the MENA region.

And that’s it for our top 4 platforms where you can watch live football matches across the continent. Share with us your experience using any of the listed services and if you would like to see another TV provider join your region per se.

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