The 2nd edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009 is scheduled to start on April 18th. After all the hype initially and controversies later on surrounding it, the cricketing extravaganza will finally begin on April 18th 2009. Set Max is the official broadcaster of the IPL 2009 and the channel will broadcast all the T20 Cricket matches from IPL season 2 Live from South Africa.
If you are based outside India, you can watch the IPL 20-20 matches live on Willow TV (America, Mexico), Network Ten (Australia), GEO Super (Pakistan), Super Sport (South Africa), Arab Digital (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc.) Setanta Sports (UK, Ireland) and Asian Television Network if you are based in Canada.
Last time around when IPL was held for the first time, it attracted millions of crowd to the stadiums with packed house and Billions of people watching it on TV sets, with some few millions watching Online here on Internet.
As you know, IPL 2009 will be taking place in South Africa but the timings as per IST has been made sure to be exactly same as season 1, i.e 8pm or 4pm IST. For the complete fixtures of IPL 2009, you can visit this link. In case you are in office or do not have access to the channels airing the matches on TV or just would like to watch the live streaming of IPL, read further.
How to Watch IPL T20 Cricket Live Streaming Online
All the 59 cricket matches will be streamed online LIVE on iplt20.com – the official website of the Indian Premier League – so anyone could watch the cricket matches online for free. This is not confirmed yet but during the first season all the matches were streamed online for FREE.
This time around, DLF IPL has created an official YouTube video channel at youtube.com/ipl where they would be posting all the match highlight videos, opening ceremony, award functions, etc. but IPL won’t be streaming live matches on YouTube though Google has the technology for that.
Now if you like to watch full IPL matches live on the web, the best option is willow.tv – they have the rights to distribute IPL matches on television, radio, broadband and Internet in all of North America.
There are other websites which provide Live Streaming of IPL matches for FREE, but it is better to go for the official website – IPLT20.com, which will be using the Microsoft Silverlight technology to provide interactive content along with live streaming of cricket matches everyday.
Update: iplt20.com was down for initial 2 days, but is now back up and running. Go to LiveVideo.IPLt20.com and watch the matches online for FREE! If you do not have Microsoft Silverlight, you will be asked to download the plugin, but it is surely worth the pain, enhances the streaming experience by a great deal!