The Delhi High Court has ordered Nimbus to share the feed of the ongoing India-West Indies one-day cricket series with public broadcaster Prasar Bharti. Doordarshan has been allowed to telecast the matches deferred live with a delay of seven minutes.
The order comes as a great relief for cricket fans in India as they will now get to watch the remaining matches between India and West Indies but with a delay of seven minutes. All India Radio has also been given the permission to air commentary on the matches.
The next hearing of the case is on February 8, 2007.
A Prasar Bharti official commented that the High Court has ordered Nimbus to share the broadcasting rights with DD. “I am happy that they have rejected the offer by Nimbus to share the feed with conditions like 15-minute deferred telecast. Doordarshan will now telecast it with a delay of seven minutes. Right now Nimbus has accepted the order wholeheartedly. Let’s see what happens in the next hearing on February 8,” he said.
A Nimbus spokesperson commented that they have accepted the order of the High Court wholeheartedly. “We are again meeting Prasar Bharti to discuss other issues,” he said.
On January 22, 2007, Nimbus Communication had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the Centre`s uplinking guidelines that made it mandatory to share its feed with Prasar Bharati. Nimbus had bought the rights to telecast cricket in India for $ 612 million. This includes all cricket matches played in India till March 2010. Nimbus went to court to challenge the government's guidelines that made it mandatory for private broadcasters to share cricket feeds with DD.
Thousands of viewers missed India's victory in the Nagpur one-dayer because of the cricket blackout on Doordarshan.