India in New Zealand 2013-14 January 10, 2014

Sony Six bags New Zealand-India rights

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Sony Six has secured the exclusive broadcast rights for India's tour of New Zealand, which is scheduled from January 19 to February 18. The tour consists of five ODIs, followed by a two-match Test series.

"We are delighted to partner [with] New Zealand Cricket as the official broadcaster to this series," NP Singh, the CEO of Multi Screen Media, which owns Sony Six, was quoted as saying in several newspaper reports.

Sony has been the host broadcaster of the IPL since its inception in 2008, having rights to the tournament till 2017. It also has the rights to show the ongoing series in the UAE between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. NEO Sports Broadcast Pvt Ltd was the original broadcaster for international matches in New Zealand, but stopped coverage of the recent West Indies tour of New Zealand after the 3rd ODI in Queenstown.

NEO Sports had signed a deal last year guaranteeing it exclusive broadcast rights across Asia, excluding West Asia, for both domestic and international cricket tournaments to be played in New Zealand till 2020.

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  • on January 17, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    who will telecast for audience in Pakistan

  • rd2001 on January 17, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Willow will telecast the India NZ tour..

  • rd2001 on January 16, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    Yes, There is an app for ESPN3 on Roku.

  • bhushanB on January 15, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    @hyderabad_nawabs

    Sorry, I was quoting the USA scenario...Most of them time there were not much options and the official one usually is very pricy and per package.. and then you needed to have Dish and Super dish before you can by the package...

    Back in the days in India, cricket used to be mostly telecast on star sports, EPSN and occassionally on Sony setmax.. and usually the cable package used to include most of these channels.... Not sure of how the recent digitization and setup box scenario has changed it in India.

    I am sure all the sports channels will try to out-bid each other. Hopefully they can still find a solution to share the rights with other channels for a %fee, so that every one wins....

  • bhushanB on January 15, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Yes I have been a willow.tv subscriber since 2010... and occassionally drop out when there is no IND cricket for a few months...

    But there is some series that is not covered on willow.tv...and have to run around to find it...

    As long as it is available on some website, i guess we are all good...

  • on January 15, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    @bhushanB For US audience these days almost all cricket series are available. Either the series will be on ESPN3 (it has an app for Android and apple devices), or willow.tv. ESPN3 is free for subscribers of cable channels such as comcast, at&t etc. Willow is $14.99 per month. So all you need is the willow subscription and you are all set, because one or the other will carry the series. And this includes all series, not just involving India.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on January 15, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Neo Prime/Sports is a channel on the decline. On the other hand, Sony Six is slowly but surely rising. With Sony Six quickly picking up top sporting properties in the market (the latest one of them being the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup), they need more than 2 channels. They should buy the two Neo channels and convert them into Sony Six channels and directly compete with Star Sports.

  • on January 15, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Sony is better than Neo.. Although I hate to see the filmy stuffs on Sony.. Neo used to reduce the screen size and put ad frames in the sides Or in the main screen itself by the side of the bowler while he is running up to bowl Right after some one got out, they won't wait for a second to show any replay They will come back from ads only while the 1st ball is about to bowled or sometimes after it is bowled.. Irritating guys..

  • hyderabad_nawabs on January 15, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @bhushanB Boss i am talking about indian audience..u seem to be quoting the charges in USA..here in india since last 2 yrs.indian series is telecast in different channel for each different series due to which we have to pot for all sports channels

  • TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on January 15, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Hi Kiwis, please prepare the GHOSTLY Tracks that we saw in 2002 Series and present India Whitewash to India in TEST SERIES. We true fans of cricket from India are least bothered about ODIs/T20s.

  • on January 17, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    who will telecast for audience in Pakistan

  • rd2001 on January 17, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Willow will telecast the India NZ tour..

  • rd2001 on January 16, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    Yes, There is an app for ESPN3 on Roku.

  • bhushanB on January 15, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    @hyderabad_nawabs

    Sorry, I was quoting the USA scenario...Most of them time there were not much options and the official one usually is very pricy and per package.. and then you needed to have Dish and Super dish before you can by the package...

    Back in the days in India, cricket used to be mostly telecast on star sports, EPSN and occassionally on Sony setmax.. and usually the cable package used to include most of these channels.... Not sure of how the recent digitization and setup box scenario has changed it in India.

    I am sure all the sports channels will try to out-bid each other. Hopefully they can still find a solution to share the rights with other channels for a %fee, so that every one wins....

  • bhushanB on January 15, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Yes I have been a willow.tv subscriber since 2010... and occassionally drop out when there is no IND cricket for a few months...

    But there is some series that is not covered on willow.tv...and have to run around to find it...

    As long as it is available on some website, i guess we are all good...

  • on January 15, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    @bhushanB For US audience these days almost all cricket series are available. Either the series will be on ESPN3 (it has an app for Android and apple devices), or willow.tv. ESPN3 is free for subscribers of cable channels such as comcast, at&t etc. Willow is $14.99 per month. So all you need is the willow subscription and you are all set, because one or the other will carry the series. And this includes all series, not just involving India.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on January 15, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Neo Prime/Sports is a channel on the decline. On the other hand, Sony Six is slowly but surely rising. With Sony Six quickly picking up top sporting properties in the market (the latest one of them being the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup), they need more than 2 channels. They should buy the two Neo channels and convert them into Sony Six channels and directly compete with Star Sports.

  • on January 15, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Sony is better than Neo.. Although I hate to see the filmy stuffs on Sony.. Neo used to reduce the screen size and put ad frames in the sides Or in the main screen itself by the side of the bowler while he is running up to bowl Right after some one got out, they won't wait for a second to show any replay They will come back from ads only while the 1st ball is about to bowled or sometimes after it is bowled.. Irritating guys..

  • hyderabad_nawabs on January 15, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @bhushanB Boss i am talking about indian audience..u seem to be quoting the charges in USA..here in india since last 2 yrs.indian series is telecast in different channel for each different series due to which we have to pot for all sports channels

  • TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on January 15, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Hi Kiwis, please prepare the GHOSTLY Tracks that we saw in 2002 Series and present India Whitewash to India in TEST SERIES. We true fans of cricket from India are least bothered about ODIs/T20s.

  • bhushanB on January 15, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    ESPN3 is it free? Is there an app for this on roku or samsung apps or PS3?

  • on January 15, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Yes, ESPN3 it is. ESPN3 schedule shows the India vs NZ match on Sunday..

  • StarHawk on January 15, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    To those who were asking about the broadcasting rights in the United States. NO, Willow TV will not be covering the India vs. NZ series. ESPN3 will show all the matches live.

  • bhushanB on January 14, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    @hyderabad_nawabs

    Chill boss... As long as you have the option to watch it live on HD, it is good....and when it comes to pricing.. it is much better than what it used to be...

    I still remember paying close to 600$ for 2003 worldcup package and about 150+ for few bilateral series those days....and there was no HD, no spider cams....

    But one thing is true, if there is a single channel that would broadcast all Intl cricket live.. or at least IND Intl cricket live.. that would be awesome.... Saves us from all this last minute research and channel shopping... I usually end up paying for more than one channel during this overlap period.

    I know it is difficult with all the competition nowadays, but they should at least have some agreements among them, to let the official broadcaster share the rights with other channels for a % price...or something....

    I think all those high paid MBAs/Business Mgrs they recruit should be able to get some plan.

  • bhushanB on January 14, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    @Goutham1

    Are you sure that this series is broadcast on willow.tv in USA? They did not list it on the upcoming fixtures...

    Actually there was no IND Intl cricket listed, other than the IND-AUS in Dec at this point. I guess they will broadcase the IND-ENG series... but not much INTL cricket other than that...

    Well there is the IPL exhibition.. but I am not sure if I want to continue my monthly subscription for that.

  • bhushanB on January 14, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Guys just came to realize that Ind-NZ series is not going to be broadcast on willow.tv HD in USA Does any one know who the official broadcaster in USA is and how to get live streaming possibly in HD... Do not want to miss the action....

  • hyderabad_nawabs on January 14, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    this is completely looting of money for a general cricket audience..for every new series we have to opt for a new sports channel and they are charged highly..looks like a strategy by all broadcasters

  • Goutham1 on January 13, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    TV Channles Broadcasting India vs New Zealand 2014 Live: Australia - Fox Sports United Kingdom - Sky Sports Pakistan - PTV Sports India - Sony Six, Star Cricket, DD National Canada - CBN and Cricket Plus Middle East - Orbit Show Network South Africa - SuperSport USA - Willow TV, Direct TV Caribbean - Sports Max New Zealand - Sky Sports UAE: OSN Network

  • on January 13, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    i certainly agree with the above statement regarding the Ad breaks,and Commentary team,Apart from India,,Newzealand also have a great commentary team with experienced Ian Smith,and jolly forever Danny Morrison ,Simon Doul.. we surely enjoy getting up early or even in midnight to watch the match,,i hope to see no rain around,,

  • SekarSa1 on January 13, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Matches Will be broadcasting in Sony MAX ..?

  • on January 13, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Will Willow TV broadcast NZ-Ind series in USA? Willow TV did not broadcast NZ vs WI series, but ESPN3 did..

  • AjberPukkaattupady on January 12, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: I'm a cricket fan. I love music too.. But when I want to see cricket I wanna get it at its best. When I wanna listen to music I play tracks of my interest. Ofcourse there are people with different interests.. But that doesn't mean we should mix cricket with all other entertainments like music, movie, dance, adult contents etc to satisfy all of them. if you love cricket watch it its simple

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 11, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    @dganger: Are you kidding ? Seriously, what's with you guys and the IPL ? The IPL is what it is - cricket and some entertainment to entice the casual sports lovers. So quit blaming the league for your personal viewing preferences. I would definitely love some music while watching cricket. No fun, no game ! Not everyone is like you. I am sure Sony have some decent plans in place for this series.

  • on January 11, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Good question, I was thinking who the commentators will be, hopefully the sky sport crew along with Ravi Shastri, possibly Rahul Dravid, etc?

  • anniebansal on January 11, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    who will be the commentators?

  • on January 11, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Lets hope the telecast is good and no wrong breaks are taken in between, i.e., showing advertisements after the 5th ball of the over is bowled and the sixth one is yet to come or if there is a four hit on the last ball of the over, then the full replay of it should be shown before taking an advertisement break. Also, I hope there is a good commentary team from our side which goes to NZ. I don't want to see Arun Lal or LSRK over there for goodness sake. The usual suspects will be Shastri, Gavaskar, Bhogle etc. and a good pre-match and post match show with no filmy stuff being shown with cheerleaders prancing around. A cricket viewer will wake up on a wintry day in India with a good quality show and not low quality stuff.

  • on January 10, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    VPof Sony TV (Sneha Rajani) has clarified that no hindi commentary will be available. Only english on Sony Six and Sony SIX HD

  • abhyudayj on January 10, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @Yayathy Raj: on both hindi -sony max and english - sony six may be as per recently IPL schedule

  • Suhas427 on January 10, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Sony only broadcasted the series in 2009...and it was good...in fact better than neo..

  • Rajeev129 on January 10, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Thank god. We can watch this series also in HD.

  • dganger on January 10, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    For God shake Sony, please do remember this is not a pajama cricket tournament like IPL, its serious international cricket, please do not continue with your usual ridiculous and disgusting tactics of mixing cricket with cheap entertainment. Please do think bout the serious cricket lover who will wake up early in the morning to watch cricket and sound analysis and commentary and not music bands and models

  • tickcric on January 10, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Why does it seem that BCCI is behind this?

  • ARJUN217 on January 10, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Dissapointing watching cricket on neo is betterthan six

  • WalkingWicket11 on January 10, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Oh dear, now we have to tolerate filmy type "commentators" and their nonsense "analysis" in the pre- and post-match shows.

  • on January 10, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    So the matches will be telecasted in sony max or sony six?

  • on January 10, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    What happened to neo?? No live event coverage.. nothing substantial on the channel at all..

  • D-Ascendant on January 10, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Ugh. Not available in Singapore so no point, really.

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  • D-Ascendant on January 10, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Ugh. Not available in Singapore so no point, really.

  • on January 10, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    What happened to neo?? No live event coverage.. nothing substantial on the channel at all..

  • on January 10, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    So the matches will be telecasted in sony max or sony six?

  • WalkingWicket11 on January 10, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Oh dear, now we have to tolerate filmy type "commentators" and their nonsense "analysis" in the pre- and post-match shows.

  • ARJUN217 on January 10, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Dissapointing watching cricket on neo is betterthan six

  • tickcric on January 10, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Why does it seem that BCCI is behind this?

  • dganger on January 10, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    For God shake Sony, please do remember this is not a pajama cricket tournament like IPL, its serious international cricket, please do not continue with your usual ridiculous and disgusting tactics of mixing cricket with cheap entertainment. Please do think bout the serious cricket lover who will wake up early in the morning to watch cricket and sound analysis and commentary and not music bands and models

  • Rajeev129 on January 10, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Thank god. We can watch this series also in HD.

  • Suhas427 on January 10, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Sony only broadcasted the series in 2009...and it was good...in fact better than neo..

  • abhyudayj on January 10, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @Yayathy Raj: on both hindi -sony max and english - sony six may be as per recently IPL schedule