Press Release-DISH Secures Long-Term Rights to IPL & 5 More Cricket Boards

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  1. Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    DISH NETWORK Secures Long-term Rights to Indian Premier League and Five More Cricket Boards

    Agreements for ‘NEO Cricket’ and ‘TEN Cricket’ Give DISH Network Customers Access to World Champion Indian National Team, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and More for a Total of Nine Cricket Boards

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 12, 2011 – DISH Network L.L.C., the leader in international programming in the United States, today announced that it is the only television provider in the U.S. to broadcast the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament, including playoffs and finals in high definition, for the next four seasons. In addition, DISH Network has signed agreements to launch the NEO Cricket channel and serve as the exclusive U.S. provider of the TEN Cricket channel, giving DISH Network customers access to a total of nine cricket boards – the largest lineup of cricket programming in the nation.

    In its fourth season, the IPL tournament in India features a new format with 10 teams, where a new play-off system will see the top two sides in the league standings play each other to determine the first finalist. The sides finishing third and fourth will then meet to determine which side plays the loser of the first play-off for the second final place. DISH Network will air all 74 IPL tournament matches live this year on Pay-Per View – including exclusive TV coverage of the playoffs and finals in high definition.

    In addition, DISH Network today announced the launch of NEO Cricket (DISH Network Ch. 584), which offers full coverage of the Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI) matches, Indian domestic cricket including the Ranji, Irani and Duleep Cups, and the Asia Cup as well as the launch of TEN Cricket (Ch. 576), owner of four cricket boards including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. The combination of NEO Cricket and TEN Cricket with previously-launched Willow Cricket (Ch. 582), owner of four boards including Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, gives DISH Network customers access to the most cricket coverage in the United States. All three channels will be available in the new Cricket Pack for $20 per month beginning April 13.

    “DISH Network’s carriage of the IPL and the launch of our Cricket Pack will offer our customers an anticipated 300 or more days of live cricket over the next year,” said Chris Kuelling, vice president of International Programming for DISH Network. “Nowhere else can customers access more than 75 South Asian channels, watch every heart-stopping play in the IPL, and get year round coverage of their favorite cricket teams.”

    “We are excited to launch NEO Cricket, the world’s first cricket-only channel, on DISH Network. Through its dedication to cricket and high-quality programming, NEO Cricket brings all of the home games of the World Champion India national team to the U.S. so that fans do not miss a second of the live action,” said S. Venkatasubramanian, President of NEO Broadcast America, Inc. “We are glad to partner with DISH Network to continue our commitment toward providing world-class cricket.”

    “We are thrilled to deliver TEN Cricket to fans in the U.S., who now can enjoy live coverage of four of the most popular cricket boards including Pakistan and Sri Lanka,” said Suresh Bala, CEO of Asia TV USA LTD. “TEN Cricket is an integral part of the DISH Network cricket offering, and in the next year alone will deliver more than 100 days of live cricket programming.”

    Customers can order the IPL Cricket Tournament via Pay-Per-View for $89 by visiting or calling 877-DISH-PPV (347-4778). In addition, the tournament is offered through DISH Network’s recently-launched IPTV service, DISH World, which provides access to programming without the need for a satellite dish. To order, visit or call 877-474-4788. Commercial customers can order by calling 1-800-454-0843.

    In addition to the Cricket Pack, the TEN Cricket channel will be included in the Hindi Mega Pack – which already includes Willow Cricket – for $49.99 per month. NEO Cricket will also be available starting April 13 for a la carte purchase for $15 per month.


    About DISH Network
    DISH Network L.L.C., the U.S. leader in international programming, provides more than 200 ethnic channels in 28 languages – more than any other pay-TV provider. To learn more about DISH Network’s South Asian programming, including its unmatched cricket channel lineup, visit
  2. clapple

    clapple Godfather

    Feb 11, 2003
    Now if only someone would explain Cricket. I have no idea want they are doing?:confused:
  3. bones boy

    bones boy Godfather

    Aug 25, 2007
  4. azjimbo

    azjimbo Mentor

    Jun 4, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    "...broadcast the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament, including playoffs and finals in high definition, for the next four seasons."

    How nice they found the bandwidth to broadcast cricket in HD, but can't find it for the RSNs...
  5. BonefishPaul

    BonefishPaul Mentor

    May 10, 2007
    Amen! :confused:
  6. pistolpete52

    pistolpete52 AllStar

    Sep 3, 2010
    And, they can't find the bandwidth to broadcast the NBA League Pass exclusively in HD. What a joke!!

    What's nest.....the Tiddly Winks channel in HD??
  7. negma

    negma Cool Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Relax's only play off (3 games) and finals (1 game) in HD and NOT the entire series....
  8. satexplorer

    satexplorer Superstar

    Feb 6, 2007
    Highest Floor
  9. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    But one game could last for days (at least it seems like it).
  10. negma

    negma Cool Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Not really...IPL games (T20) typically lasts 3-4 hours tops.
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    One channel, which is already set aside for PPV sports (and recently used for Cricket) vs 30+ channels?

    Cricket isn't taking up any bandwidth. Improving RSNs will. It is much easier to find the bandwidth for an offering that uses little than for an offering that requires 4 or more transponders.
  12. Araxen

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    Won't most of these games happen at like 1am or so? I doubt there is much bandwidth concerns at the hours these games will be broadcast.
  13. oldanbo

    oldanbo Cool Member

    May 20, 2004
    This along with all the other crap on Dish that I (we) subsidize? I still say a la carte is the way to go. :p
  14. rasheed

    rasheed Godfather

    Sep 12, 2005
    I do not think there is any subsidizing going on here since these packages are sold separately.

    Dish does very well with international customers. I would say even better than premium packages even (cost versus revenue).

    Sure, there are expenses for the space on Dish, but you have to realize that there is no chance for HD (except a few games) and all of the channels are very simple SD.

    I expect with some of the recent changes that all customers that want cricket not via IPTV will be on Dish. And for a number of languages, Dish is the only legal option (includin Dish's newer IPTV service).

  15. quizzer

    quizzer Icon

    Aug 29, 2006
    Agreed. Dish has secured the international and cricket lovers in its fold.

    I used to have both, but now switched completely to Dish due to the above reasons.
  16. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
    Also don't forget these games will be on the 118, so it will not affect domestic bandwidth.
  17. Santi360HD

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    can this even soften the blow of the loads of sports that DISH doesn't have??
  18. NYBuddy

    NYBuddy AllStar

    Mar 28, 2006
    Can I get my SNY back please! Cricket..... really......! OMG!
  19. whalerfan

    whalerfan AllStar

    May 31, 2007
    I couldn't have said it any better. I don't give a rats petooty about cricket. Bring back SNY!
  20. prabs24

    prabs24 Mentor

    Apr 7, 2011
    But some of us do love cricket and like other said it is on the 118 so no impact on the local RSNs.

    Good job DISH!

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