Airtel Ad on Youtube Taints Google’s Net Neutrality Efforts

Google which has been trying to raise voice over net neutrality for the last few years has run into some concerns in the matter. This became an issue when Bharti Airtel, a telecom and ISP giant in India advertised preferential treatment for IPL fans watching it over Youtube.

Net neutrality as defined by Techtarget is,

Net neutrality is the principle that data packets on the Internet should be moved impartially, without regard to content, destination or source. Net neutrality is sometimes referred to as the “First Amendment of the Internet.”

IPL is the ongoing cricket league match with teams comprising of players from over the world and teams from regions all over India.

Bharti Airtel was advertising faster Internet access for watching videos on Youtube. This ad was timed in the ad-timings scheduled between matches.

The ad which was displayed read,

TV QUALITY VIDEO WITHOUT BUFFERING,the advertisement promised. Airtel Broadband gifts all its customers 2Mbps SPEED UPGRADE for youtube.com/ipl.

The catch here is that the speed offerings are valid only for IPL videos and do not hold for other normal content browsing which will still be served at a slow speed.

Google has responded on this saying it did not see the ad and has asked Bharti to revise the ad now. Bharti Airtel though, is still showing the ad, this time on its website.

[Via: newteevee ]

7,00,000 IPL Videos Watched On Mobile Phone By Indians

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has begun and the cricket craze has taken over the nation. However, one interesting statistics that is bound to turn some heads is that 7,00,000 IPL videos were watched by Indians on the mobile phones.

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The videos which are accessible all across India and can be accessed by dialing the toll free number 08 123 123 123 or by visiting m.iplt20.com.  Nokia users accounted for 65% of the videos watched, followed by Samsung, LG, BlackBerry and accounting for 30%.

July Systems introduced the exclusive IPL on March 12, 2010 across India where users can access live ball-by-ball updates, action replays, video scorecards, cheerleader videos and more.

Speaking on the success of the IPL on MIX, Prem Bhatia, President , July Systems said:

The response from users in India has been astounding.  The rate at which mobile phone owners in India are consuming the IPL on their phone is a testament to the value, simplicity and the premium content the service offers. Feedback from consumers has been positive and it is encouraging to know that users across the country from the smallest town to the biggest metro are all enjoying same experience on their mobile phones it is fair to say that the mobile internet has ARRIVED in India as one of the main sources of information and entertainment.

IPL Mobile can be accessed across all telecom operators in India on 6,852 different web enabled handsets, including those who do not have multimedia and video capabilities.

Watch Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Online IPL 2010

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are off to a good start in the 3rd edition of IPL 2010, on the other hand 2008 runners up Chennai Super Kings (CSK) got off to a really bad start losing to Deccan Chargers in their opening match.

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Suarav Ganguly must be on a high after 2 wins in a row and being the league leaders after some really bad performances in the earlier versions of IPL. and might look to keep up the momentum against CSK, however, the wounded Dhoni definitely knows how to make comebacks and may not give an easy win to KKR.

KKR have a home advantage in the match, considering that they are playing at their home ground at Eden Gardens Kolkata. However, this match should definitely be a interesting one and should see quite a few runs being scored and to top it Twenty20 cricket is really unpredictable, so there could be surprises coming up from anywhere.

The match will be broadcast live on in association with the stream IPL is providing, however, the stream is definitely not the best on YouTube and is not available in the United States. Check out how you want to watch IPL in the US.

In the meantime don’t forget to watch the match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals live on YouTube at http://youtube.com/ipl

So who do you think will win in the match between Kolkata Knight Rides and Chennai Super Kings? Who will you be rooting for?

Watch Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils Online IPL 2010

Rajasthan Royals who narrowly lost their first match to Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Daredevils who had to work hard for their first win against Kings XL Punjab.

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Rajasthan Royals have a great team and with Yousuf Pathan in full form, it would be better for the other team members to pitch in and be counted. Don’t count out Delhi too with new captain Gautam Gambhir playing a sedate innings in the first match and the ever so dangerous and spectacular Sehwag in the team.

The match will definitely be a run feast considering that both teams are full of capable batsmen, so a 200+ score is definitely on the table.

The match will be broadcast live on in association with the stream IPL is providing, however, the stream is definitely not the best on YouTube and is not available in the United States. Check out how you want to watch IPL in the US.

In the meantime don’t forget to watch the match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals live on YouTube at http://youtube.com/ipl

IPL 2010 Match Schedules and Fixtures For IPL 3rd Edition

is underway, but do you know when your favorite teams will be playing the matches? Right now there are 8 teams who will be competing for the IPL 2010 glory over 6 weeks or 44 days and 60 nerve racking matches.

IPL 2010 Schedules and Fixtures

The 8 teams who will compete this season are the same from the past 2 seasons, new teams may be introduced next year or in 2012. The teams who will be vying for the IPL 2010 crown are IPL 2009 champions Deccan Chargers, IPL 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2009 runners-up Bangalore Royal Challengers, 2008 runners-up Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XL Punjab and last years bottom team Kolkata Knight Riders.

Here is the schedule for the 3rd edition of IPL, IPL 2010 matches, all timings are listed in Indian Standard Time (IST), so don’t forget to check your local listings for match schedules. By the way, you can watch IPL 2010 matches online too on . If you are a US resident, you will not be able to watch the matches online, so don’t forget to check out workarounds to watch IPL 2010 online in US. You can also watch IPL 2010 highlights online.

IPL 2010 3rd Edition Match Schedules

Since the schedule is quite large we have created a PDF file for easy reference which you can download and then refer to or print to keep an eye on all the match schedules and fixtures of IPL 2010.

Download the IPL 2010 Match Schedules here. Please do not link to the download, link to this post instead.

Watch IPL Online: YouTube Live Streaming Not For US Users

In a big disappointment for United States users, the live streaming of IPL matches on will not be available for users in the United States. This move is by the IPL think tank and DirectTV to mint more money from the US users.

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However, there are several other ways in which you can watch IPL 2010 Online live, there are sites which broadcast live feed of all the IPL matches live and offer good quality, some of these options are paid, some are free.

Sites like UStream have several user channels where you can watch the IPL 2010 live online free, just head over to ustream.tv and search for IPL and you will see a host of channels streaming the matches.

Another way to watch the IPL 2010 matches line online is to use a proxy server which is outside US and then load youtube.com/ipl. You will find a lot of proxy servers online which will allow you to then watch the matches live online. Make sure to use a non-US proxy server or you will be blocked again.

I still don’t understand why IPL think tank would want to deprive US users of the live cricket action, but nevertheless you can always watch the matches online for free.

DLF IPL 3 Tickets Selling On Vodafone M Shop

In a recent press release, Vodafone India announced that tickets for IPL season 3 will be available for purchase through Vodafone mobile phones at the Vodafone M Shop.

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Vodafone customers can purchase DLF IPL season III tickets through Vodafone M-Shop. Vodafone Customers can access M-Shop by dialing 53333 (toll free) or SMS MSHOP to 53333. Customers can also buy tickets by logging into Vodafone Live or www.vodafone.in.

Vodafone will also allow users to select seats in a particular stadium by guiding them through a detailed step by step process.

The DLF IPL 3 tickets will be exclusively sold by Vodafone. Once a ticket has been booked, customer will receive an SMS acknowledgment confirming the payment, users can then collect their tickets from select Vodafone stores or get it delivered to their door steps through a courier service.

Payment can be made through Credit cards, however, the service will come at a premium and users will have to pay a convenience charge of Rs. 30.

In the press release, Chief Marketing Officer of Vodafone Essar, Kumar Ramanathan said:

DLF IPL is one of the most awaited events in India and we are happy to launch a service that provides our customers the convenience of buying IPL tickets through their mobile phones. Our aim has always been to provide innovative and superior services that benefit out customers and this initiative is another step in that direction

So will you be purchasing your tickets through the Vodafone M Shop, or will you prefer to do it the plain old way?

IPL 2010 iPhone App For IPL Schedules

IPL 2010 which is the third season of the Indian Premiere League will kick off in March. If you are a cricket and IPL fan and own an , here is some good news, the IPL 2010 Schedule app for the iPhone will allow you to keep a track on the games and find out when they are being played.

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The IPL 2010 Schedule app has a simple interface and provides you schedules for teams, venue or stadiums and based on the date of the games. You can also keep a track on the games which will be played on any particular day and the points table for all the team.

Of course, the points table will not be useful right away and will come into play once IPL 2010 kicks off in March, so if you want to keep a track of the IPL 2010 schedule at the tip of your fingers, head over to this iTunes link to download the app for your iPhone or iPod Touch.

[via Web Trickz]