For the first time, a cricket series played at home will not be available on Doordarshan and All India Radio.
On Sunday, India will play the West Indies at Nagpur in the first of the four-match Pepsi series. But DD will not telecast the match as the talks between its parent, the Prasar Bharati, and Nimbus, the company with the broadcasting rights, fell through on Saturday afternoon.
Many cable television homes, even those with the set-top boxes needed for conditional access, may miss the live action because some cable operators are yet to receive decoders for Nimbus’s channel Neo Sports. “Even if we get the decoders, consumers may have to pay for four months to watch the 10 matches that Neo Sports has,” said a cable operator in south Delhi.
The government may make the sharing of cricket feed mandatory through an ordinance, a senior I&B official told HT.