du announces World Cup package

du and Al Jazeera strike World Cup partnership

UAE telecom operator du on Tuesday announced that it will be bringing the FIFA World Cup to TV customers at a price of Dhs299 claims arabianbusiness.com.

Reacting to growing concerns among its customers who were becoming increasingly frustrated about how they would access action from the tournament, du said it was providing coverage at discounted prices.

In a statement, the telco said the current market price for the FIFA package was Dhs370, Dhs75 more than the du price.

du's coverage of the FIFA World Cup on Al Jazeera Sports channels will be on four dedicated Channels - Al Jazeera Sport Channel +9, Al Jazeera Sports +10, Al Jazeera Sports HD and Al Jazeera Sport World Cup, with some of the major matches being broadcasted in High Definition format.

du customers will be able to view Al Jazeera Sport channels and FIFA World Cup matches in both English and Arabic, the company added.

To subscribe to the World Cup package, du customers need to log on to www.du.ae/worldcup, or visit du shops.

The FIFA World Cup 2010 starts on June 11 in South Africa, and will see approximately four billion viewers watching on their TV screens across the globe.

Earlier this month, Grand Cinemas announced it had struck a deal with Al Jazeera, to show the tournament’s matches live on its cinema screens.

Andy Fordham, project manager at Grand Cinemas, told Arabian Business that the UAE-based cinema operator plans to sell around 4,800 tickets per match throughout the tournament.

Prices will start at Dhs35 ($9.52) and will increase as the tournament progresses, with tickets for the final priced at Dhs100 ($27.22).

See the full version of this story on arabianbusiness.com.

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