DISH to Offer Cricket World Cup in High Definition

DISH Network, a leading player for international programming in the United States, has announced that it is delivering an all-access pass to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. The idea is to ensure that cricket fans across the country won’t miss a second of the action, it said.

Plus for the first time, DISH Network will offer coverage of the tournament in high definition (HD).

The ICC Cricket World Cup, held every four years, will be co-hosted in the sub-continent by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, and features a 14-nation pool competing for the title.

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The event opens with Bangladesh playing India on Feb. 19 and will conclude with the championship match in Mumbai on April 2.

DISH Network will offer the tournament in HD on Pay-Per-View for its satellite customers as well as distribute the Cricket World Cup in SD through its recently launched IPTV service, DISH World, which allows customers to access DISH Network programming without the need for a satellite dish.

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Matches are available on a live and delay basis, plus, customers have access to highlights of the day’s matches, broadcast immediately following the full replay of the match. Customers may also record the matches with DISH Network’s DVR technology. 

In addition, DISH Network customers with a broadband-connected, Sling-enabled receiver have the ability to watch every match on compatible 3G and Wi-Fi-enabled phones, laptops or tablets, including the iPhone and iPod touch, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, Windows and Mac Computers, and select BlackBerry devices.

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“DISH Network leads the industry with 72 South Asian channels, and we are proud to again bring the Cricket World Cup to our viewers – this year in high definition,” said Chris Kuelling, vice president of International Programming for DISH Network.

Now until Feb. 19, customers can order the ICC Cricket World Cup for an early bird price of $129. After Feb. 19, the event will be available for $149.

To order, visit www.dishnetwork.com/cricket. DISH Network has licensed its Cricket World Cup rights from Willow TV.

Photo courtesy: DISH Network

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Rakesh Raman