YouTube has signed a deal with the IPL (Indian Premier League) to broadcast all Twenty20 cricket matches around the world for free.
As per the agreement, Google will have exclusive online rights for IPL content for two years and both Google and IPL will jointly share revenues from sponsorships and advertising
Viewers will be able to watch all 60 matches live from anywhere in the world. (except US?) And, they will also be able to change camera positions, freeze and fast forward the slow bits.
Special content, including match highlights, player interviews, wickets of the match, top sixes of the match, award ceremony, pitch reports would also be available.
This is the first time that Google will be streaming a major global sporting tournament live. I has raised questions about TV broadcast rights in UK.
This will allow IPL fans anywhere in the world to view the action on-demand as per their convenience, thus making the new dedicated IPL channel on YouTube the biggest virtual stadium in the world.
Google has done its first YouTube live streaming on November 22nd, 2008.
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