Breaking News: IPL signs a major deal with YouTube
YouTube is to show this year’s Indian Premier League live, according to a report in today’s Guardian.
The deal will involve every country except the US.
The two-year deal gives the Google-owned YouTube the exclusive rights to stream IPL matches online, with the two companies splitting revenue from sponsorship and advertising.
These matches will be streamed live for free with Indian cricket fans globally now being able to access every match online.
My official response is;
This is fantastic news not only for IPL and it's worldwide fan base but also for YouTube as a proof of concept for wider coverage of live events.
I've fired up the beta invite registration for http://www.livecricketchat.com/ this morning and we'll be running live chat sessions along side all of the IPL games.
If you aren't already familiar with http://www.livechatconcepts.com/ we run highly scalable live chat sessions in conjunction with live events and are deeply integrated into Twitter and Facebook social networks (check out http://www.livefootballchat.com/ as an example).
This will be a fantastic venue for Indians globally to unite under the banner of sport.
Look forward to seeing all the IPL fans on http://www.livecricketchat.com/ with the first match.