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It is now final that Doordarshan will not be able to telecast live the cricket test matches between Pakistan and India. It will telecast the highlights for a paltry 90 minutes.
Chennai viewers without set top boxes are the worst hit because of the Conditional Access System that is in force in the city. India-Pakistan matches are arguably the most sought after in the world. But a small section of the country has been deprived of seeing them for no fault of its.
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The victory of Ten Sports in retaining its exclusive rights is a victory of sorts for private sports broadcasters battling the Centre on the must-share clauses in the downlinking policy. Doordarshan represents the common man and provides viewers the delight of watching cricket matches at a reasonable rate. It is unfortunate it has been forced to compromise and settle for a 90-minute telecast bargain.
Amrit Amlan Pattanaik,
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The cartoonscape first bouncer of the series on the plight of the frustrated cricket lover (Jan. 12) says it all.
S. Baqr Ali,
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That the CAS regime continues in Chennai alone is ridiculous. With the soccer World Cup set to kickoff in June this year, I sincerely hope and pray that better sense will prevail and CAS will be scrapped.
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