Snooker

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has acquired exclusive television and digital rights for the third edition of the Indian Open World Ranking Snooker Tournament for the Indian subcontinent. SPN has these rights for India and the Indian subcontinent, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The tournament will be streamed live online on Sony LIV, its mobile application. This year’s tournament will be held in Hyderabad from July 4 to July 9 and will also be broadcasted live on Sony SIX. The partnership between SPN and the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) will allow the company to cover the event live on all the five days of the tournament during prime time slots.

Last Month, SPN had also acquired the exclusive television and digital rights for the 2016 Copa América Centenario, the South American football competition, for the Indian sub-continent. It had also informed that it had acquired the exclusive television rights to broadcast Premier Futsal, for India. It also had the rights for Euro 2016, the tournament held once every four years, featuring most of the top European teams.

ESPN website and app: Earlier this month, sports broadcaster ESPN launched an Indian version of its website and app, making India the first market outside the United States where ESPN has launched a localised site. ESPN.in and the ESPN app will also feature live streaming video content from Sony Pictures Network India’s (SPN) digital streaming platform Sony LIV, while the cricket coverage will be powered by ESPNCricinfo.com. The ESPN app is available on both Android and iOS.

French Open rights: About the same time, SPLs competitor Star Sports, which is owned by News Corp, had informed that it acquired the media and digital rights for the French Open in India and the Indian subcontinent for the period 2017-2021. It also holds the rights to broadcast ICC events for eight years (2015 to 2023). It also holds the digital rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL), the T20 tournament organized by the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, through its subsidiary Novi Digital Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

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