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Jagmohan Dalmiya commercialised cricket’s TV rights, made India host two World Cups and shifted the power centre from England to India.
Sony Six and Sony Kix will screen all 48 matches live, along with daily highlights of all the action from the World Cup. The six-week event will be played in 13 iconic venues across the length and breadth of England and Cardiff, culminating in the final at Twickenham on 31 October.
Target is to add between 1.5-1.7 mn net subscribers in a year that coincides with DAS implementation in Phase III towns. Carriage revenue to be around Rs 120 crore, programming cost to rise in mid-single digit and ARPU to go up 6-7% in FY 16.
Hindi and regional feeds contributed 75% of the viewership for the 32 matches telecast in six languages. After Hindi and English, Tamil is the third preferred language.
After the World Cup, Videocon d2h plans to offer movies, travel, infotainment and VoD content to its 4K Ultra HD subscribers.
Prasar Bharati can share the live feed of the on-going ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with private cable TV operators as the Supreme Court has stayed the Delhi HC order that restrained the pubcaster from doing so. The interim order will allow Indian cricket fans to watch the India matches of the World Cup for free on Doordarshan.
Prsasar Bharati said that in the short term a separate channel was not feasible because it has to be on a new frequency. Star said it would suffer revenue loss of Rs 120 cr, including Rs 80 cr subscription revenue and Rs 40 cr ad revenue, due to sharing of the World Cup feed with private distribution platforms.
The TVC shows a young Pakistan cricket fan, sporting the team colours, waiting to celebrate the victory over India in the World Cup since 1992.
A senior counsel involved in the matter confirmed to TelevisionPost.com that the matter is most likely to reach the apex court. “It is only a question of when we decide to move the court,” he said. Some MSOs are also weighing their options. Among the DTH operators, it is Sun Direct which will be impacted as it carries Star Sports on RIO basis.