KINGSTON, Jamaica — On August 15, Caribbean sports cable broadcaster SportsMax is set to launch a second 24-hour sports channel, SportsMax2, as part of its MaxPak offering right across the Caribbean.
With the doubling of the number of Barclays Premier League matches to be broadcast by the two channels, SportsMax and SportsMax2 will offer the region’s most expansive and exclusive sports coverage of cricket, football, track & field, tennis, golf, high school sports and more, including additional content from Premier League TV.
Fox Soccer Plus will not be offered within the MaxPak subscription package throughout the Caribbean as of August 15, 2013 as SportsMax will no longer be distributing Fox Soccer Plus. On August 15, most viewers can find SportsMax2 in the channel space previously occupied by Fox Soccer Plus as Fox Soccer Plus will move to the channel space previously occupied by Fox Soccer Channel, which will be discontinued on that date.
The MaxPak package will therefore now include SportsMax and SportsMax2, allowing for more LIVE coverage of all sports carried by the channels. In addition to exclusive UEFA Champions League matches and international friendlies, the MaxPak will be the only place for viewers around the region to watch LIVE international cricket from England, Australia, South Africa, India and the Indian Premier League.
The two channels will air 320 BPL matches (an increase of 70 matches more than ever broadcast in the Caribbean before) over the course of the season which kicks off on August 17 with the self-anointed “Special One” Jose Mourinho leading Chelsea against Hull and Manchester United, without Alex Ferguson, facing Swansea. Fans can look forward to viewing even more live broadcasts of the world’s most watched football league, including content from the Premier League FA’s own Premier League TV.
SportsMax2 will carry the majority of the BPL and UEFA matches as well as the content from Premier League TV while SportsMax will continue to broadcast international cricket such as the current Ashes and the upcoming Australia tour to India in addition to WTA tennis and IAAF track and field.
Tanya Lee, Caribbean marketing manager of SportsMax TV, explained, “SportsMax2 will not only guarantee the sports fan more sports content options, it will now allow us to show more live content simultaneously. For example, cricket fans enjoying matches from South Africa will now see their matches in its entirety while BPL is live on another SportsMax channel.”
Lee continued, “Having 2 channels also gives us the opportunity to produce and acquire more content that is in demand by the Caribbean audience that these channels are tailored for; more cricket, more football, more track and field, more tennis, more of everything our Caribbean subscribers wants, when they want it.”