Neo Sports Broadcast Pvt Ltd has secured broadcast rights to all domestic and International cricket matches to be played in New Zealand until 2020.
While the financial details of the deal were not disclosed, Neo Sports stated that this seven year deal will allow the company to broadcast 261 days of live cricket, including 18 T20 cricket matches, 63 One Day Internationals and 36 Tests and will start from New Zealand-England series next week. The company noted that these rights will include rights for all of Asia, excluding the Middle-east region.
This deal will include two India series planned in 2014 and 2019; two Australia series planned in 2016 and 2018; and three England series planned in 2013, 2018 and 2020.
In June 2012, ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), and The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had announced a seven year contract for exclusive multi-platform rights to broadcast its domestic and home international matches. The deal will run from 2013 to 2019 and incorporates exclusive rights for television, online, mobile and radio, covering major cricket markets of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh among others across Asia. It will also include broadcasting in territories in North Africa.
In April 2012, Star India had won the broadcast, internet and mobile rights for all Indian cricket matches for the period 2012-2018, for an amount of Rs 3,851 crore, replacing Nimbus, whose contract was prematurely terminated in December 2011 by the BCCI.
In August 2012, STAR India had sent out notices to mobile application developers, telling them not to use live cricket scores, ball by ball updates, the match scorecard, audio commentary or match footage. Following which, Delhi High Court ruled that cricket scores come under public domain after 2 mins, although STAR is claiming that cricket scores are BCCI’s property, which has been licensed to them.
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