IPL 5 blackout on Australian TV
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 04-04-2012
Australian cricket fans are facing disappointment after national television networks and Indian cricket administrators failed to reach agreement on broadcasting the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which begins in Chennai today (4 April).
Network Ten held the Australian broadcast rights for the first four years of the glitzy twenty20 (T20) tournament. Last year it chose not to air IPL 4, due to both poor ratings and the diversification of its One HD channel from its purely sporting origins, according to The Age.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has, the newspaper reports, also maintained a very high price for potential IPL TV rights deals in Australia, which has seemingly put broadcasters off pursuing a deal.
The eight week tournament is, however, available online for T20 fans keen not to miss the cricketing action. Matches will be streamed live via ipl.indiatimes.com and youtube.com/indiatimes.