New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has ruled that India-West Indies One-Dayers can be telecast on Doordarshan (DD) after a seven minute delay.
This means that fans not having cable connection can watch the rest of the matches of the India-West Indies ODI series on their television sets but only after a delay of approximately two overs.
While passing the interim order on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court also said that the commentary on All India Radio would be live.
The next hearing will be on February 8 so the first match of the India-Sri Lanka series would also be available on DD.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, Board of Control for Cricket in India counsel Rajiv Nayyar said,” It is an interim order. The court has said that Doordarshan can carry the feed with a seven-minute delay. The next hearing is on February 8.”
When asked about which commercial interests of Nimbus would be affected by the order, Nayyar said: “The footprints of the satellites of Doordarshan are available in other countries also, so the commercial rights of Nimbus would certainly be affected.”
Nimbus had acquired the rights for all matches in India for the next four years for $612 million (approx. Rs. 2,7,05 crore).
Prasar Bharati had earlier refused Nimbus' offer to take the match feed with a 15-minute delay saying it would divide the country into haves and have-nots.
The issue was taken to court on Monday by Nimbus which holds the rights for telecast of all cricket matches played in India challenging the government's proposal that will make it compulsory for private broadcasters to share feed with DD.
DD argued that it was entitled to broadcast all cricket played in India and that the Board of Control for Cricket in India should have ensured this before selling telecast rights to Nimbus.
Nimbus had already said that they had no problems with DD carrying the pictures but wanted the public broadcaster to encrypt the signal, ensuring the feed does not spill over into other countries.