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DD to telecast ODIs with 7-minute delay

January 23, 2007 13:05 IST

The Delhi high court, on Tuesday, directed Prasar Bharati to telecast India-West Indies cricket series with seven-minute delay.

Nimbus Communications had taken the government to court on Monday over orders to share its rights to live cricket matches with the state broadcaster.

The government ordered Nimbus Communications Ltd. on Jan. 19 to share its live feed of the India versus West Indies series with state-run Prasar Bharati, saying the matches were a matter of national interest in cricket-mad India.

Nimbus offered Prasar Bharati a so-called "dirty feed" -- live footage as it appeared on its Neo Sports channel that included advertisements.

But Prasar Bharati, which broadcasts into millions of homes across rural India where Neo Sports is unavailable, said it would only accept a live "clean feed" -- uninterrupted and advert-free.

Other offers for clean feeds with certain conditions were also refused by the government.

Nimbus told the court the government was trying to "browbeat" them into becoming an "unwilling party to a contract".

Nimbus paid $612 million for the broadcasting rights until 2010 from the Board of Cricket Control in India in February last year after an intense bidding match with rival broadcasters.