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ICC Champions Trophy to be broadcast in 100% digital quality in USA

2009 Sep 18 by DreamCricket USA

As fall season arrives across USA and league cricket winds down, cricketers experience strong withdrawal symptoms. But this year is different.

DIRECTV will begin the new cricket season with Exclusive 100% digital coverage of ICC Champions Trophy

New York, September 18, 2009

As fall season arrives across USA and league cricket winds down, cricketers experience strong withdrawal symptoms.  But this year is different.

Cricketers can put away their kit bags and pick up the remote control as exciting cricket coverage comes your way via DIRECTV beginning with 100% digital broadcasts of the much awaited Champions Trophy on September 23rd.  

To make things more palatable to USA cricket lovers, DIRECTV made two important announcements to the media ahead of the Champions Trophy.

DIRECTV’s CricketTicket™ 2009 Half Season Offer - $149.99 OR $50 in three installments.

DIRECTV’s CricketTicket™ 2009 Half Season Offer is available to all DIRECTV customers where they can catch the remaining International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments, Indian Premier League (IPL) tournaments, Champions League Twenty20, Australian cricket, South African cricket, New Zealand cricket and other major cricket events only on DIRECTV.  These events include big-ticket tournaments such as the 2010 IPL tournament and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. 

DIRECTV’s CricketTicket™ 2009 half season package will be available for $149.99 or three payments of $50.00.   International customers must first subscribe to DIRECTV BASIC ($12.99/mo) and one of the international programming packages or any DIRECTV base programming package ($29.99/mo or above).  Customers can receive more information on the package by calling 1-800-378-4179 or visit www.cricketticket.com

DIRECTV Renews 24/7 Cricket Channel ‘Cricket Plus’ 
   
DIRECTV has exclusive broadcast rights for Cricket Plus, the hottest 24/7 international cricket sports channel from South Asia.  The channel's programming includes up-to-the-minute international cricket highlights from all games played at the ICC World Cup and Champions Trophy as well as in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and South Africa.  Additionally, Cricket Plus will feature original content and the most up-to-date news and events in the world of champions trophy hockey from the world hockey federation, horse racing and golf.

“Our partnership with Ten Sports allows DIRECTV to continue to offer the most robust Cricket and international programming available in the U.S.,” said John de Armas, vice president, WorldDirect, Inc.  “International sports fans in the U.S. can turn to DIRECTV exclusively to satisfy their hunger for everything Cricket related in 100 percent digital image and sound.”

In addition to extensive Cricket coverage across the world, programming will include some of the finest cricket documentaries, including the “unforgettables” series and some classic matches from the past, including the best of Sharjah cricket.

Cricket Plus is designed to compliment the pay per view sports offerings on DIRECTV as well as provide original documentaries on cricket stories and events. Series such as “Homes of Cricket” and “Talking Cricket” will take viewers to the best known cricket grounds and see exclusive one-on-one interviews with some of the sports biggest names, including Geoffrey Boycott, Tony Grieg, Anil Kumble and Kumar Sangakarra.

Cricket Plus is available on channel 2024 in DIRECTV's HindiDirect I and HindiDirect II programming packages, which are part of the international programming platform and are tailored toward the South Asian community in the United States.  International customers must first subscribe to DIRECTV BASIC ($12.99/mo) or PREFFERED CHOICE ($35.99/mo) and one of the international programming packages or any DIRECTV base programming package ($29.99/mo or above).  Customers can receive more information on the package by calling 1-800-378-4179.

The DIRECTV International platform has launched over 125 channels that deliver a wide variety of new programming in multiple foreign-languages, including Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Polish, Portuguese and Greek, to emerging ethnic markets throughout the United States.