TV via DIRECTV - Live online streaming via Willow.TV - YouTube to provide delayed streaming
In what promises to be a bonanza for cricket fans in USA, there have
been giant strides since IPL first announced on January 18th that it
was partnering with YouTube for online streaming of IPL 3.0.
In response to a question on where Americans can watch the matches, Mr
Modi confirmed that while DIRECTV will remain the broadcaster of
highest digital quality, Willow.TV will be the destination for live
streaming. In addition, Mr. Modi wrote that the USA audience will
also be able to watch IPL via YouTube which will be delayed by 5
minutes in countries such as USA where TV broadcast is live.
Coincidentally, Mr. Modi and IPL’s CEO Sundar Raman were in the USA
during the first week of February meeting with Google and YouTube.
Sundar Raman indicated via Twitter that the meetings were progressing
well on “building larger IPL and Cricket communities."
"Google-IPL partnership makes thought to action shorter than short!
Excited about what all of us will get to see when IPL starts,” Mr.
Raman added. So is every cricket lover in USA.
Exhibition Matches planned for USA
On January 18th, the Sunday Economic Times quoted Mr. Modi as saying:
“We hope to be able to provide the fans in the US the live experience
of the IPL. We will start with a few matches in the US, in the next 18
months or so. We will start to examine venues and dates that may be
available for this in the summer months.”
Responding to a question posed via Twitter seeking clarification on
whether IPL was “shifting to US,” Mr. Modi wrote: “IPL is not shifting
to US. Again we will look to do exhibition matches there.”